|Birth name||Jocelyn Enriquez|
|Born||December 28, 1974|
|Origin||San Francisco, United States|
|Genres||Dance-pop, freestyle, Hi-NRG, EDM|
|Labels||Classified Records, Tommy Boy Records|
Jocelyn Enriquez (born December 28, 1974) is a dance-pop singer from San Francisco. She is of Filipino descent; her parents are from the province of Pangasinan. She graduated from Pinole Valley High School in 1993.
Enriquez started in a girl group in high school called the Pinay Divas, a reference to girl group En Vogue who were known as the Funky Divas. Her debut album, Lovely was released in 1994 on Classified Records. The album featured two moderate chart hits with her debut single, "I've Been Thinking About You" and "Make It Last Forever". In 1996, she moved to Tommy Boy Records, where she released her first major hit single, "Do You Miss Me?" in late 1996 and her second album, Jocelyn in early 1997. Jocelyn peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and at #11 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
"Do You Miss Me?" became a Top 40 hit on dance and pop radio (#17 and #38 peaks, respectively), and peaked at #49 on the Hot 100. The single was also successful outside of the U.S. where it reached #7 in Singapore and was a Top 20 Pop hit in Canada. Its follow up, "A Little Bit of Ecstasy" was not quite as big a radio hit, failing to cross over to the pop stations and peaking at #25 on dance radio. However, it had stronger sales than "Do You Miss Me?" (peaking at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, as opposed to #8), which enabled it to reach #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. "A Little Bit of Ecstasy" is remembered to this day, due to its recent inclusion on the DDRMAX2 PlayStation 2 game. Pop punk band Lucky Boys Confusion later covered "Do You Miss Me" on their 2001 album, Throwing the Game.
Since 1997, Enriquez has had several club hits in America such as "Big Love", gaining sporadic rhythmic format radio support, but has not received radio support or gotten sales support from the mainstream public. However, she did score another pop hit in 1998, as part of a supergroup called Stars on 54, which consisted of Enriquez, Dutch Eurodance/dance-pop performer Amber, and house singer/songwriter Ultra Nate; the three women joined forces to cover the Gordon Lightfoot 1971 hit "If You Could Read My Mind" in disco style for the movie Studio 54.
In 2000, she appeared on the Cindy Margolis show performing her hit "When I Get Close to You" which topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 2003, Enriquez released her third album, All My Life, and started her own record label, JEM Entertainment. Two singles were released from the album: "No Way No How" and "Why". The album's lead single, "No Way No How", became a surprise hit, faring well on rhythmic format radio and at dancehalls across the country. It peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Also credited with helping launch her career is Glenn Gutierrez, a well known music producer from the Bay Area who also produced for Stevie B in the 1980s.
Enriquez is now married and a mother of four. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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