Penny Ford

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Penny Ford
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Background information
Also known as Pennye Ford
Born (1964-06-11) June 11, 1964 (age 50)
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio
Genres Dance, R&B
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Total Experience, Ariola Records, Columbia Records
Associated acts Snap!

Penny Ford (also known as Pennye Ford, born June 11, 1964) is an American singer from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ford is the daughter of veteran record company executive and producer Gene Redd, Sr., and evangelist/pastor Carolyn Ford-Griffith (now deceased); she remains a Protestant today.[1] She is also the younger half-sister of singer Sharon Redd.

Career[edit]

Early career: 1984–1990[edit]

Following a stint as a GAP Band backing vocalist, Penny Ford released an album entitled Pennye in 1984, and two singles from the album made the UK Singles Chart; "Change Your Wicked Ways", which reached No. 76, and "Dangerous", which reached No. 43.[2]

Career success: 1990–1999[edit]

Ford became friends with fellow vocalist Chaka Khan, while singing background vocals on "Our Day Will Come", a duet with Edwin Starr. She was also a lead singer with the German electronic dance band Snap!, on their 1990 number one hit, "The Power". Ford also sang the lead vocal on the Snap! songs "Oops Up" and "Mary Had a Little Boy".

2nd Album Release[edit]

In 1993, Penny released her second album, Penny Ford, and again achieved an additional UK Top 50 hit with her cover of the 1972 Aretha Franklin song, "Daydreaming", which reached No. 43.[3]

Judge Mathis appearance: 2003[edit]

In 2003, Ford appeared on an episode of the U.S. television program Judge Mathis suing a producer/boyfriend. One of her witnesses was Chaka Khan; though Khan did not appear, she spoke to the judge Mathis via telephone.

Later career and current work: 2006–present[edit]

In 2006, Penny returned and emerged once again as the Original and Official singer of the group SNAP!. She has also rejoined with the SNAP! producers Michael Muenzing and Luca Anzilloti and has been performing worldwide. Now resides in Offenbach, Germany.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Pennye (Total Experience, 1984)
  • Penny Ford (Columbia, 1993)

Singles[edit]

  • "Dangerous" / "Change Your Wicked Ways" (Total Experience, 1984)
  • "Uh, Oh, I Made A Mistake" (Total Experience, 1984)
  • "Daydreaming" (Columbia, 1993)
  • "I'll Be There" (Columbia, 1993)

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