Lillie McCloud

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Lillie Nicole McCloud
Birth name Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud[1]
Also known as Nicole (early recording career)
Nicole McCloud
Nicole J. McCloud
Born (1958-12-07) December 7, 1958 (age 55)[2]
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, disco, gospel
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, artist
Years active 1985–present
Labels Portrait Records, Epic Records, Sony Music, Spectra Music Group
Associated acts Timmy Thomas, U.S.U.R.A., The Source, E-Smoove, Voices of Freedom

Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud[1] (born December 7, 1958 in Rochester, New York), commonly known by her former stage name Nicole McCloud, or Nicole J. McCloud is an American dance and R&B singer. She has recorded four studio albums, What About Me (1986), Jam Packed (1988) (aka Rock the House), Love Town (1998), and So What? (2002). Her single "Don't You Want My Love" became an international hit. Other US singles include "Runnin' Away" and "Search'n". In the late 1990s, she was also part of a house music project Voices of Freedom.

In 2013, she competed in in season 3 of the American singing competition The X Factor. She was eliminated in the 5th week, placing 8th overall.

Career[edit]

Solo as Nicole[edit]

McCloud first appeared on the Billboard US R&B charts as "Nicole" in 1985 with "Always and Forever". Her single "Don't You Want My Love" in 1986 reached Top 10 in the US Dance charts, in addition to charting in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Ten of McCloud's singles landed the US Billboard specialized R&B and dance charts. As of 2013, her biggest hit has been the 1994 single "Runnin’ Away", which peaked at No. 3 on US Dance charts. In 2002 as Nicole J. McCloud, McCloud returned to the Top 10 with "Search’n", peaking at No. 5 on the US Dance charts. That same year she received a nomination for the International Dance Music Awards, along Craig David and Shakira.

She has recorded hits with Timmy Thomas, U.S.U.R.A. and The Source and has performed with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the group Kool & The Gang, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and other artists.

In Voices of Freedom[edit]

In the late 1990s, McCloud joined the American house project Voices of Freedom.[3] The trio also included Angel Williams and Simone Böhlhoff. The trio was featured in a number of recordings, notably in E-Smoove & Ni-Che 1999 single "Lift Your Hands Up" that featured the vocals of Voices of Freedom. The recording was made available through Finger Printz label. The trio was also featured in a 2002 recording by DJ Pope titled "America at War (Freedom)" on Yellorange label.

Life in Slovakia[edit]

In the mid 2000s, McCloud moved to Košice, a city in Slovakia, to live together with her partner, the football trainer Günter Kronsteiner.[4][5] Her first Slovakian performance took place at the prestigious Košice International Jazz Festival 2006, where she performed with jazz legend Peter Lipa.

In 2010, McCloud provided the title song for Česko Slovensko má talent, the joint Czech/Slovak version of Got Talent series. It was broadcast on TV JOJ in Slovakia and on TV Prima in the Czech Republic.

The X Factor[edit]

In 2013, McCloud made a comeback taking part in season 3 of the American singing competition The X Factor identified as Lillie McCloud, her birth name.[6] At the time of applying to The X Factor, she was 54 years old with three children (a son and two daughters) and seven grand children.

Her audition was broadcast on September 12, 2013. She received a standing ovation and four "yes" votes from judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland for her rendition of CeCe Winans' "Alabaster Box".

She was selected by the judges to progress to the Final 40 and subsequently competed successfully in the Four Chair Challenge, securing her position in the Final 16. As part of the Final Four "Over 25s", she was mentored by Kelly Rowland. She made it as far as the Top 8 but was eliminated on November 28, 2013.

Her performances on The X Factor were:

Day of broadcast Show Theme Song Original artist Result
September 12 Audition Free choice "Alabaster Box" CeCe Winans Through to Four-Chair challenge
October 2 Four-Chair Challenge Solo performance "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick Advanced
October 29 Live show 1 (Top 16) Mentor's choice "When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge Saved by Kelly Rowland
November 6 Live show 2 (Top 13) Motown Night "All In Love is Fair" Stevie Wonder N/A
November 7 Live show 3 (Top 13 Get Another Chance) Free choice "Who Wants To Live Forever" Queen Safe
November 13 Live show 4 (Top 12) 80's Night "Ain't Nobody" Rufus & Chaka Khan Safe
November 20 Live show 5 (Top 10) British Invasion This Woman's Work Kate Bush Safe
November 27 Live show 6 (Top 8) Big Band Night Summertime George Gershwin Eliminated

After X Factor[edit]

Upcoming Album[edit]

In 2014, McCloud signed with the Spectra Music Group and released a single entitled "What About The Beautiful Children" and later "The Other Part of Me". She's currently recording an album which is expected for release in late 2014 with a remake of her X Factor audition song, "Alabaster Box".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album title Credited as Tracklist
1986 What About Me?
Nicole
  1. "Don't You Want My Love"
  2. "New York Eyes" (with Timmy Thomas)
  3. "Housecalls"
  4. "What About Me"
  5. "Always and Forever"
  6. "Why You Take My Love"
  7. "Ordinary Girl"
  8. "Shy Boy"
  9. "It Happens Every Night"
1988 Jam Packed
  1. "Jam Packed (At the Wall)" (4:16)
  2. "Desire (3:59)
  3. "Let's Talk About Love" (4:20)
  4. "So Lost Without Your Love" (4:27)
  5. "Rock the House" (4:13)
  6. "Two Hearts Are Better Than One" (3:52)
  7. "Everlasting Love" (4:16)
  8. "Throwdown" (3:46)
  9. "He's So Romeo" (4:07)
1989 Rock The House
(US re-release of Jam Packed)
  1. "Rock the House" (3:43)
  2. "Desire" (3:59)
  3. "Let's Talk About Love" (4:20)
  4. "So Lost Without Your Love" (4:26)
  5. "Jam Packed (At the Wall)" (4:14)
  6. "Two Hearts Are Better Than One" (3:51)
  7. "Everlasting Love" 94:16)
  8. "Throwdown" (3:46)
  9. "He's So Romeo" (4:06)
1998 Love Town
Nicole McCloud
  1. "Stay in Love" (5:02)
  2. "Runnin' Away" (3:53)
  3. "Missing You" (4:02)
  4. "Love Town" (4:15)
  5. "Thinkin' About You" (4:49)
  6. "Live Your Life" (6:37)
  7. "I Ain't Crazy" (4:07)
  8. "Rock the House" (5:49)
  9. "Maybe Next Time" (4:56)
  10. "Try My Love" (3:59)
  11. "Dreamin'" (4:54)
  12. "Pray for Love" (3:56)
  13. "Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)" (4:43)
  14. "Missing You" (R&B Mix) (5:08)
2002 So What?
Nicole J McCloud
  1. "One Good Reason" (3:56)
  2. "Search'n" (5:16)
  3. "Get Your Hands Off My Man" (3:52)
  4. "This House Is Not A Home" (4:05)
  5. "Lessons of Love" (3:53)
  6. "Get The Hell Out of Here" (3:57)
  7. "Why Should I" (3:56)
  8. "Tell Me Where It Hurts" (4:34)
  9. "Missing You" (4:01)
  10. "Stay in Love" (5:02)
  11. "Your Love Is King to Me" (3:45)
  12. "If You Come to Me" (5:28)
  13. "One Good Reason" (Megamix - Remix by Dezrok) (6:36)
  14. "Damn I'm Pretty" (4:34)
  15. "Don't You Want My Love (2002)" (Remix by Larry "Ford" Fordyce) (3:37)
  16. "Search'n" (Remix) (Hidden Track - Remix by Dezrol) (3:57)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Credited as Peak chart positions Album
US Dance US R&B BEL
[7]
FRA
[8]
GER ITA NED SWE SWI UK
1985 "Always and Forever"
Nicole
66 What About Me?
1986 "Don't You Want My Love" 10 66 7 18 20 9 8
"New York Eyes" / "Ordinary Girl"
(Nicole & Timmy Thomas) / Nicole)
36 41
"Housecalls"
"What About Me?" 52
1988 "Jam Packed (At the Wall)" 34 93 Jam Packed /
Rock the House
(US release)
1989 "Rock the House" 21 62
1992 "Rock the House"
(with The Source)
63 Non-album release
1994 "Drive Me Crazy"
(with U.S.U.R.A.)
8 30
"Runnin' Away" 3 69 Love Town
1996 "Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)" 35
1998 "Missing You"
Nicole McCloud
1999 "I Ain't Crazy"
2001 "One Good Reason"
Nicole J. McCloud
38 So What?
2002 "Search'n" 5
Others
  • 2010: "Got Talent" - theme for Slovak Česko Slovensko má talent
  • 2014: "What About the Beautiful Children"
  • 2014: "The Other Part of Me"

Featured in / Appearances[edit]

as Nicole
as part of Voices of Freedom
  • 1999: "Lift Your Hands Up" (E-Smoove & Ni-Che featuring Voices Of Freedom)
  • 2002: "America at War (Freedom)" (DJ Pope featuring Voices of Freedom)

Videography[edit]

  • 2013: "The X Factor USA" (contestant, finished 8th place)
  • 2014: "The Good Life" (herself, performer)

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