Juliet Roberts

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Juliet Roberts
Born (1962-05-06) 6 May 1962 (age 58)[1]
London, England
GenresJazz, rock, soul, house
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1982–present
LabelsBluebird
Cooltempo
Delirious
Associated actsWorking Week
David Morales
Funk Masters
The Face

Juliet Roberts (born 6 May 1962 in London, England)[1] is a British jazz, rock, soul and house music singer songwriter of Grenadian descent.

Career[edit]

She originally recorded as Julie Roberts in 1982, and performed on the 1983 Top 10 hit single, "It's Over" by Funk Masters. In July 1983, she released the single "Fool For You" backed with "It's Been A Long, Long Time" on the Bluebird Records label, catalogue reference BRT3. The single peaked at No. 77 on the Gallup chart, week ending 20 August 1983.

In 1984, Roberts began a four-year stint as vocalist for the jazz group Working Week.[2] She also released another single on Bluebird, "The Old Rugged Cross" b/w "I'm So Glad". In 1986 she released "Ain't You Had Enough Love", a cover of a Phyllis Hyman recording. The same year she also presented Channel 4's Solid Soul programme with Chris Forbes.

In 1990, she provided backing vocals on Cathy Dennis' Move To This album, as well as on Breathe (British band)'s album Peace of Mind.

Roberts collaborated with British house group L.A. Mix on their two albums, On The Side, and Coming Back for More in 1989 and 1990 respectively. She appears on several tracks, amongst them the single "We Shouldn't Hold Hands in the Dark", which reached No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991.[3] The mastermind behind LA Mix was British DJ, producer and songwriter Les Adams.[4]

In 1992, Roberts provided backing vocals on Dannii Minogue's single, "Love's on Every Corner" (which was written by Cathy Dennis, and produced by Danny D, a.k.a. D Mob). Roberts' next release was in 1993 as a dance music artist, with the hit single "I Want You":[5] A number one on the US dance charts,[6] and No. 44 U.S. Billboard Hot 100) and the house music offering, "Caught in the Middle", which also went to number one on the dance chart. An album, Natural Thing, followed in 1994.[5] Roberts has also taught British television viewers vocal performance basics on the UK's Rockschool TV series. In addition to her solo and musical ensemble projects, she is in demand as a backing vocalist. Since 1997, she has had three UK Top 20 hits: "So Good", "Bad Girls" and "Needin U II".[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label Format UK[7]
1994 Natural Thing Reprise Records LP, CD 65
2002 Beneath the Surface Dune Records CD

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US Dance
[8]
US R&B
[8]
US 100
[8]
UK
[7]
1984 "The Old Rugged Cross"
"I Don't Want to Lose You"
1985 "Ain't You Had Enough Love"
"More Than One Night"
1991 "Again" 33
1992 "Free Love" 7 25
"Another Place Another Day Another Time"
1993 "Caught in the Middle" 24
1994 "I Want You" 1 78 44 28
"Caught in the Middle" (Remix) 14
1996 "Never Had a Love Like This Before" (with Steven Dante) 87
1997 "So Good" 15
1998 "Free Love 98" (Remix)
"Bad Girls" 17
1999 "No One Can Love You More"
2018 "Finally Mine"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
UK
Dance
IRE GER US
Dance
"It's Over"
(with The Funk Masters)
1983 8 non-album single
"We Shouldn't Hold Hands in the Dark"
(with L.A. Mix)
1991 69 Coming Back for More
"Needin U II"
(with David Morales)
2001 11 1 18 66 1 non-album single

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Juliet Roberts Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Larry Stabbins". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company – LA Mix". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Les Adams". Britfunkheaven.org.uk. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 333. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 219.
  7. ^ a b "JULIET ROBERTS - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Juliet Roberts Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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