Angela Bofill

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Angela Bofill
Birth name Angela Tomasa Bofill
Born (1954-05-03) May 3, 1954 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Origin The Bronx, New York
Genres R&B, dance, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Singing
Years active 1978–2004
Labels GRP, Arista, Capitol, Jive, Shanachie
Website www.angelabofill.com

Angela Tomasa Bofill (born May 3, 1954) is an American R&B and jazz singer-songwriter.

Early life and success[edit]

Angela Bofill was born to a Cuban father and an Afro Puerto Rican mother.[1] She grew up listening to Latin music and was also inspired by the African-American performers. Her weekends were taken up studying classical music and singing in a city chorus. It was as a teenager that her professional singing began.[2]

She performed with Ricardo Marrero & the Group and Dance Theater of Harlem chorus before being introduced to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen of the jazz label GRP Records by Dave Valentin, her friend and jazz flautist.[3] Grusin and Rosen signed Bofill and produced her first album, Angie, in 1978. Angie was well received both critically and commercially and included the chart single "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" (co-written by Gwen Guthrie), and Bofill's sprawling jazz composition, "Under the Moon and Over the Sky".

Less than a year later, a second album, Angel of the Night was released and outperformed its predecessor. The album included the chart singles "What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)" and the up tempo title track, as well as the song "I Try", written by Bofill and covered by Will Downing in 1991. The reception of these albums positioned Bofill as one of the first Latina singers to find success in the R&B and jazz markets.[citation needed]

Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, showed interest in Bofill. Arista had a distribution deal with GRP. Bofill switched labels for her next album, Something About You (1981). Produced by Narada Michael Walden, the album was an attempt to move Bofill into mainstream R&B and pop music. It didn't perform as well as previous releases, despite the singles "Holdin' Out for Love" and the title track, which both reached the R&B Top 40.[4]

The following year, she and Walden reunited for Too Tough. The title song reached No. 5 on the R&B chart and spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Dance chart. A follow-up single, "Tonight I Give In", reached the Top 20.[5] Several months later, Bofill released her final collaboration with Walden, Teaser. The album failed to match the success of Too Tough but did produce one Top 20 R&B hit, "I'm On Your Side", which has been covered by several artists, most notably Jennifer Holliday, who had a Top 10 hit with it in 1991.[6]

Later career[edit]

Bofill recorded two more albums for Arista with the help of The System and George Duke before leaving the label in the mid-1980s. Following the birth of her daughter, she moved to Capitol Records and the producer Norman Connors for Intuition (1988).[citation needed]

Her last chart success was her cover of Gino Vannelli's "I Just Wanna Stop", which reached No. 11 on the R&B chart. She recorded three more albums over the next eight years and provided backing vocals on albums for Diana Ross and Kirk Whalum and for Connors's Eternity (2000). She performed live (with a sizable audience internationally, particularly in Asia) and appeared in the stage plays God Don't Like Ugly and What a Man Wants, What a Man Needs. She also toured the US and Europe in multi-artist jazz shows.[4]

Health problems[edit]

Bofill suffered a stroke on January 10, 2006 and was paralyzed on her left side. She convalesced at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, California, and was released from intensive care on January 15, requiring speech and physical therapy. She lacked health insurance, and a benefit concert was organized to pay her hospital bills. The show was planned by Rich Engel, her manager, and the New York radio stations Kiss FM and WFAN-FM,. It took place on March 11, 2006, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Similar events followed, and other aid was sought from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her album Live in Manila (recorded in 2004) was released during this time. She suffered another stroke in July 2007 which required therapy and left both her speech and mobility impaired.[citation needed]

Although Bofill lost the ability to sing after her second stroke, she returned to the stage, at the suggestion of Engel, for "The Angela Bofill Experience". In the show, she recounted her life and career and was joined by Maysa Leak, Phil Perry, and Melba Moore, who performed her biggest hits and signature songs. In 2012, she was profiled and interviewed for the TVOne documentary series, Unsung.[7][4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[8] Record label
US US
R&B
US
Jazz
1978 Angie 47 20 5 GRP/Arista
1979 Angel of the Night 34 10 2
1981 Something About You 61 13 4 Arista
1983 Too Tough 40 6
Teaser 81 20 21
1984 Let Me Be the One 39
1985 Tell Me Tomorrow 53
1988 Intuition 38 Capitol
1993 I Wanna Love Somebody 51 Jive
1996 Love in Slow Motion Shanachie
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Record label
US US
R&B
2006 Live from Manila Black Angel
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Record label
US US
R&B
1986 The Best of Angela Bofill Arista
1999 The Definitive Collection
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection
2004 The Best of Angela Bofill BMG
2014 The Essential Angela Bofill RCA, Sony Legacy
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[8] Album
US US
R&B
US
A/C
US
Dance
1979 "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" 104 23 39 Angie
"What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)" 18 Angel of the Night
1980 "Angel of the Night" 67
1981 "Something About You" 21 Something About You
1982 "Holdin' Out for Love" 26
"Break It to Me Gently"
1983 "Too Tough" 5 2 Too Tough
"Tonight I Give In" 12
"I'm on Your Side" 20 Teaser
1984 "Special Delivery" 65 34
"Can't Slow Down" 59 15 Let Me Be the One
1985 "Let Me Be the One" 84
"Who Knows You Better"
"Tell Me Tomorrow" 72 Tell Me Tomorrow
1986 "I Don't Wanna Come Down (From Love)"
"Still in Love"
1988 "I Just Wanna Stop" 11 Intuition
1989 "Love Is in Your Eyes"
1992 "Love Was Never" (with Marion Meadows & Gene Rice) 70 Keep It Right There
1993 "I Wanna Love Somebody" I Wanna Love Somebody
"Heavenly Love"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

Awards[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bofill, Angela. "Interview with Angela from TV show Unsung". Unsung. TV One. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ News One for Black America Angela Bofill Continues To Entertain, Even Without Her Signature Voice Jun 3, 2013 By Terrell Jermaine Starr
  3. ^ SoulMusic.com Angela Bofill 2012 interview, soulmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Angela Bofill profile, soultracks.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Too Tough", allmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "I'm on Your Side", allmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous By DeNeen L. Brown, washingtonpost.com, January 31, 2011.
  8. ^ a b US Albums Charts > Angela Bofill at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  9. ^ TV.com Soul Train Season 12 Episode 17 - Aired Saturday May 28, 1983
  10. ^ TV.com The Pat Sajak Show Season 1 Episode 14 - January 26, 1989

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