Berri (born Rebecca Sleight, 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 September 1995. For the first release, the credits were to New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri. Berri received sole artist credit on the second release, which was the 45th biggest selling UK single of 1995, and the 77th highest selling single of 1995 in Australia. "The Sunshine After the Rain" was also certified gold in Australia. Her follow-up single, "Shine Like a Star", peaked at number 20 in the UK in December 1995. 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.
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Official Charts > Berri". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Australian Record Industry Association Ltd. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- Etcetera Songs, pop songwriters featuring vocals from Berri.
- "Pop singer Berri delighted to help out". Yorkshire Post. 2006-04-16. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
- "The Sunshine After the Rain": "australian-charts.com > Berri - The Sunshine After the Rain (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Shine Like a Star": Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
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