Born to Sing (En Vogue album)

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Born to Sing
Studio album by En Vogue
Released April 3, 1990
Recorded August—December 1989 at Starlight Sound
Genre R&B, new jack swing, soul, hip hop
Length 50:59
Label Atlantic
Producer Denzil Foster (exec.), David Lombard (exec.), Thomas McElroy
En Vogue chronology
Born to Sing
Remix to Sing
Singles from Born to Sing
  1. "Hold On"
    Released: February 23, 1990
  2. "Lies"
    Released: June 27, 1990
  3. "You Don't Have to Worry"
    Released: October 31, 1990
  4. "Don't Go"
    Released: March 21, 1991

Born to Sing is the debut studio album from American R&B group En Vogue, released in 1990 on Atlantic Records.

The album peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard 200 chart. By October 1990, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

The album peaked at twenty-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the third spot on the R&B Albums chart.[6] The album was certified gold in June 1990 and platinum by October that same year.[7]

Jose F. Promis of AllMusic gave the album a positive review, calling the work "a winner" though remarking that he felt tracks such as "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Part of Me" were duds.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Party"   Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy 1:10
2. "Strange"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy 4:39
3. "Lies" (feat. Debbie T.) En Vogue, Foster, McElroy, Shaheed 4:16
4. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"   Hughie Prince, Don Raye 0:54
5. "Hold On"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy 5:03
6. "Part of Me"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy 5:58
7. "You Don't Have to Worry"   Foster, McElroy 3:47
8. "Time Goes On"   Ellis, En Vogue, Foster, Herron, Jones, McElroy, Robinson 5:05
9. "Just Can't Stay Away"   Chuck Jackson, Marvin Yancy 5:10
10. "Don't Go"   Foster, McElroy 5:45
11. "Luv Lines"   Ellis, En Vogue, Foster, Jones, McElroy, Robinson 4:04
12. "Waitin' on You" (Bonus track on CD) Foster, McElroy 5:08

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1990)[6] Peak
UK Albums Chart[8] 23
U.S. Billboard 200 21
U.S. R&B Albums 3


Year Single Peak chart positions[9]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks UK Singles Chart
1990 "Hold On" 2 1 1 1 5
"Lies" 38 18 7 1 44
"You Don't Have to Worry" 1
1991 "Don't Go" 3

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Information taken from AllMusic.[10]

  • arranging – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • art direction – Bob Defrin
  • assistant engineering – Bob Fudjinski, John Jackson, Lynn Levy, James Williamson, Erik Wolf
  • composing – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson
  • drum machine – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • engineering – Steve Counter, Dale Everingham, Brian Gardner, Ken Kessie, Jeff Poe
  • executive production – Denzil Foster, David Lombard
  • keyboards – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • mastering – Bernie Grundman
  • photography – David Roth
  • production – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • rapping – Debbie T.
  • saxophone – Grover Washington, Jr.
  • vocals – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson
  • vocals (background) – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson


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