Angela Bofill

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Angela Bofill
Bofill, 1996.
Bofill, 1996.
Background information
Birth nameAngela Tomasa Bofill
Born (1954-05-02) May 2, 1954 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
OriginThe Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Genres[1]
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1973–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteangelabofill.com

Angela Tomasa Bofill (born May 2, 1954) is a Latin American singer-songwriter. A New York native, Bofill began her professional career in the mid–1970s.[2] Bofill is most known for singles such as, "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", "Angel of the Night", and "I Try". Bofill's career spans over four decades.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Bofill was born on May 2, 1954 in the Brooklyn area of New York City[3] to a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother.[4] Raised in The Bronx, Bofill grew up listening to Latin music and was also inspired by African-American performers. During Bofill's childhood, her weekends were taken up studying classical music and singing in New York City's All City Chorus, which featured the best singers from all of the high schools in the five boroughs.[5] For high school, Bofill attended Hunter College High School; graduating in 1972.[6] Bofill later studied at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1976.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Bofill began her professional career, singing during her teenage years. Bofill 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 flutist.[7] 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 Haras Fyre), 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.[8]

Bofill performed a sold out concert at Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Newport Jazz Festival on June 20, 1980.  Her musical director was Onaje Allen Gumbs, keyboards, Sammy Figueroa, percussion, a 9-piece band and guests including Steve Khan, guitar, Eddie Daniels, tenor sax and flute, and a 24-voice choir.[9]

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.[10] The following year, Bofill 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.[11] 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.[12]

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), which produced her last significant chart success, a 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.[10]

Bofill returned to the stage, at the suggestion of Engel, for "The Angela Bofill Experience" after losing her ability to sing after her second stroke in 2007. In the show, Bofill 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, Bofill was profiled and interviewed for the TVOne documentary series, Unsung.[13][10]

Personal[edit]

Bofill was married to a country music artist Rick Vincent from 1984 until 1994 and together they have a daughter, Shauna.[14]

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 from Manila (recorded in September 2004) was released during this time. Bofill suffered a second stroke in July 2007 which required therapy and left both her speech and mobility impaired.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[15] 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
1991 The Best of Angie: Next Time I'll Be Sweeter
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[15] 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. ^ Carpenter, Bill. "Angela Bofill". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ The New York Times, Pop Music: Angela Bofill, February 22, 1980
  3. ^ Smooth Jazz New York Angela Bofill Experience Concert with Maysa, Alex Bugnon and Kim Waters
  4. ^ Bofill, Angela. "Interview with Angela from TV show Unsung". Unsung. TV One. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  5. ^ News One for Black America Angela Bofill Continues To Entertain, Even Without Her Signature Voice Jun 3, 2013 By Terrell Jermaine Starr
  6. ^ The New York Times, Pop Jazz, Angela Bofill, February 5, 1982.Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  7. ^ SoulMusic.com Angela Bofill 2012 interview Archived 2012-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, soulmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (1982-02-05). "POP JAZZ (Published 1982)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  9. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1980-07-19). Billboard (PDF). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 28, 76.
  10. ^ a b c Angela Bofill profile, soultracks.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "Too Tough", allmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "I'm on Your Side", allmusic.com; accessed May 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous By DeNeen L. Brown, washingtonpost.com, January 31, 2011.
  14. ^ Moody, Shelah (2007-12-06). "Angela Bofill benefit to feature Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  15. ^ a b US Albums Charts > Angela Bofill at AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  16. ^ TV.com Soul Train Season 12 Episode 17 - Aired Saturday May 28, 1983
  17. ^ TV.com The Pat Sajak Show Season 1 Episode 14 - January 26, 1989

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