Alicia Myers

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Alicia Myers
Born (1957-11-20) November 20, 1957 (age 58)
Detroit, Michigan
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Contemporary R&B, Dance-pop, Funk, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, singer-songwriter
Years active 1981–1986
Labels MCA, Universal Special Products
Associated acts Al Hudson & the Soul Partners

Alicia Myers (born November 20, 1957), is an American R&B musician. She started her music career with the band Al Hudson & the Soul Partners. Her first solo release, Alicia, was released in 1981 with MCA Records, and it was her breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine charts, placing on the R&B Albums. The subsequent album, Alicia Again, released the same year, yet this failed to place on any Billboard charts. She release, I Fooled You This Time, the subsequent year, and it charted on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. The 1984 release, I Appreciate, placed on the aforementioned chart alongside a charting on The Billboard 200. Her last album, Don't Stop What You're Doin', was released in 1986 by Universal Special Products, however it did not chart.

Early life[edit]

Myers was born Alicia Myers on November 20, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lawrence and Margaret Myers, as one of their nine children, and she has an older brother, Jackie.[1] She attended Lee University, for her collegiate studies.[1][2] They competed in a local talent competition in April 1968 at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr., High School, where they sung, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", a song by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, and they were awarded first place.[1][2] She is a survivor of childhood tuberculosis, and later survived breast cancer.[1][2] In 1978, she departed her hometown to start her music career in Los Angeles, California, with Al Hudson & the Soul Partners who, soon after her arrival, would change their name into One Way featuring Al Hudson and, eventually, into One Way.

Music career[edit]

After her stint in the band Al Hudson & the Soul Partners, she started her solo music recording career in 1981, with the release of Alicia by MCA Records,[3] and this placed on the Billboard magazine R&B Albums at No. 41.[4] The album contains the R&B hit "I Want To Thank You". While her next release, Alicia Again, failed to chart that was released the same year.[3][4] Her subsequent album, I Fooled You This Time, was released in 1982 by the same label,[3] and it charted even better on the aforementioned chart at No. 27.[4] The fourth album, I Appreciate, was released by MCA Records in 1984,[3] which it charted on the aforementioned chart at No. 12, while placing upon The Billboard 200 at No. 186.[4] Her last release by Universal Special Products, Don't Stop What You're Doin', was released in 1986,[3] yet this did not chart.[4]

Legacy[edit]

Myers' song "I Want to Thank You" was sampled by Mariah Carey on the song Make It Happen from her 1991 album Emotions and by E-40 in his song "I Wanna Thank You" featuring Suga-T, taken from his 1996 album Tha Hall of Game. Also, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip sampled the song for Busta's "Thank You" in 2013.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
Alicia 41
Alicia Again
I Fooled You This Time 27
I Appreciate 186 12
Don't Stop What You're Doin'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Carpenter, Bil (2005). "Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopdia": 307. 
  2. ^ a b c ReverbNation. "Alicia Myers : Artist Bio". ReverbNation. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e AllMusic. "Alicia Myers : Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Billboard. "Alicia Myers : Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2015.