Berri (singer)

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Berri (born Rebecca Sleight,[1] in York, England) is an English singer, best known for her 1995 hit single, "The Sunshine After the Rain", which was originally recorded by Ellie Greenwich in 1969 and later was a hit for Elkie Brooks, reaching number 10 in 1977 under the original title "Sunshine After the Rain".

Berri recorded "The Sunshine After the Rain" initially in Nick's[who?] bedroom in Hull with Steven,[who?] inspired after hearing his mum playing the original downstairs whilst making breakbeat upstairs; then as a demo at Animal Tracks Recording Studio in Hull, with Steve Kirkby as producer and engineer, who also played the original backing track and programmed all the beats and sequencer lines. This led to Berri securing a deal with a major label.

"The Sunshine After the Rain" was released twice, peaking at number 26 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1994, and, after a re-release, at number four in August 1995.[1] For the first release, the credits were to New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri.[1] Berri got full credit on the second release, which was the 45th biggest selling UK single of 1995. Her follow-up single, "Shine Like a Star", peaked at number 20 in December 1995.[1] An album, About Time, was also released in 1995.

Afterwards, she worked with a number of bands, including Degrassi, hailing from Tooting Bec. She is now Mrs Robbins, and in 2009 recorded session vocals for Leeds-based pop songwriters Etcetera Songs.[2][3]



Year Single Peak positions Album
1994 "The Sunshine After the Rain"
(New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri)
- 26 Single-only
1995 "The Sunshine After the Rain" 12 4 About Time
"Shine Like a Star" 53 20


  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Etcetera Songs, pop songwriters featuring vocals from Berri.
  3. ^ "Pop singer Berri delighted to help out". Yorkshire Post. 2006-04-16. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Berri - Australian top 50 chart history". Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Chart Log UK B". Retrieved 18 December 2009.