Meli'sa Morgan

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Meli'sa Morgan
Genres R&B, house
Labels Capitol, Pendulum, Orpheus
Associated acts Shades of Love, High Fashion
Website http://www.melisamorgan.com

Meli'sa Morgan is an African-American R&B singer born in Queens, New York who had a string of urban contemporary and house music hits in the 1980s and 1990s. She got her start in the music industry while singing with a church gospel choir called the Starlets of Corona. She cites Chaka Khan as a major influence.

Early successes[edit]

Her initial chart entry was as the lead singer of the dance group, Shades of Love. They had a single entry on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1982, the #26 "Body to Body (Keep in Touch)". This was re-popularized in 1994 by new remixes, "Body to Body (Keep in Touch)", and reached number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

That same year, music entrepreneur Jacques Fred Petrus asked her to join his newly created studio group, High Fashion, that featured Morgan and two other New York vocalists, Eric McClinton and Alyson Williams. High Fashion's sole hit, "Feelin' Lucky Lately", reached #32 on the U.S. Black Singles chart. In 1983 Morgan left, and was replaced in the group by the jazz vocalist, Marcella Allen. Morgan worked as a backing singer with Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore.[1]

As a solo artist she topped the R&B chart with her cover version of Prince's "Do Me, Baby",[2] (the title track from her debut album) which also became her only Billboard Hot 100 entry, peaking at #46 in 1986. She had several solo hits on the U.S. dance chart as well, including "Still in Love With You," which hit #3 in 1992.

2005 to present[edit]

After a lengthy hiatus, Morgan released her fifth solo album, I Remember. The first single, "Back Together Again", a song originally recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, received moderate airplay on urban contemporary radio stations during early 2006 and peaked at number 46 on Billboard's R&B chart. The follow-up singles included "I Remember", "Will You?" and "High Maintenance" which was released in September 2006. New material by Meli'sa Morgan can be heard on a German release by Cool Million, which features Meli'sa Morgan on lead vocals on the opening track Sweet Baby. This proves she is still vocally on top condition.

Influence[edit]

A verse from Morgan's 1986 single "Fool's Paradise" was re-sung, with modified lyrics, by Mary J. Blige as the chorus to the 1996 Jay-Z single "Can't Knock the Hustle".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
1986 Do Me Baby 41 4 Capitol
1987 Good Love 108 11
1990 The Lady in Me
1992 Still in Love with You 38 Pendulum
2005 I Remember 96 Lu Ann
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Do You Still Love Me?: The Best of Meli'sa Morgan (1996, Razor & Tie)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
Dan

[3]
UK
[4]
1985 "Do Me Baby" 46 1 Do Me Baby
1986 "Do You Still Love Me?" 5
"Fool's Paradise" 24 41
"Now or Never"
1987 "Deeper Love" 74 The Golden Child
"If You Can Do It: I Can Too!!" 2 27 86 Good Love
"Love Changes" (with Kashif) 2
1988 "Here Comes the Night" 17
"Good Love" 59
1990 "Can You Give Me What I Want" 33 The Lady in Me
"Don't You Know"
1992 "Still in Love with You" 9 3 Still in Love with You
"Through the Tears" 18
"I'm Gonna Be Your Lover (Tonight)" 68
2000 "How" (with JT Taylor) 82 A Brand New Me
2005 "Back Together Again" (with Freddie Jackson) 46 I Remember
2006 "I Remember..." 86
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record News", Sounds, 14 December 1985, p. 6
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Meli'sa Morgan". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Meli'sa Morgan". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > Meli'sa Morgan". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 

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