The Way to Your Heart

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"The Way To Your Heart"
Single by Soulsister
from the album It Takes Two
Released October, 1988 (Belgium)
February, 1989 (UK)
November, 1989 (USA)
Format CD Single
7" Vinyl Single
Genre Pop, Soul
Length 3:47
Label EMI Music (Benelux)
EMI Electrola (Germany)
EMI Odeon (Spain)
Writer(s) Jan Leyers
Paul Michiels
Soulsister singles chronology
"You Get To Me"
"The Way To Your Heart"
"Like A Mountain"

"The Way To Your Heart" was one of the first releases by Soulsister, a band consisting of Belgian songwriter/vocalist duo Jan Leyers and Paul Michiels. After the singles “You Get To Me” (originally as The Soul Sisters) and “Talk About It” they had a #1 hit record with “The Way To Your Heart” in Belgium. In The Netherlands and Germany they reached the top 10. The song is a mixture of pop and rock with a very Motown-sounding tune. After its European success, the single was released in the US in 1989 where it went to # 41 in the Billboard Hot 100 and to #5 on Billboard Adult Contemporary. It was the only single by Soulsister that reached the Billboard chart. In The Netherlands the follow-up singles failed to chart. Only in Germany they had some minor success. Thereby Soulsister is often credited as a one hit wonder.

The song is about the a boy dreaming of the girl he‘s in love with, but she does not answer his love. The single was the opening track of their debut album It Takes Two (1988), which was released under the name “Soulsister”. Other names for the band were L.M. & Soulsister, Leyers Michiels & Soulsister, Soul Sister and The Soul Sisters. All those changes confused some fans.

Just like many other Flemish artists, Soulsister enjoyed a serious boost in popularity when the first commercial Flemish television station VTM started broadcasting in February 1989. The then popular music show “Tien Om Te Zien (Ten To See) invited the band several times to perform one of their songs in front of a very enthusiastic crowd.

Because of the vocals and a similar sound to a lot of his work, the song is often misattributed to British singer Phil Collins.

The Belgian release had no B-side and was thereby sold as a half price single. Afterwards a maxi single was released with a long version (5:18) and an instrumental version.

700.000 copies of their debut album “It Takes Two” were worldwide sold.

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