|Birth name||Maria Elena Vidal|
August 1, 1960|
|Genres||Dance-pop, alternative rock|
|Labels||Capitol Records, EMI America, A&M Records, Charisma Records|
|Associated acts||Desmond Child & Rouge|
Maria Elena Vidal (born August 1, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for her hit single "Body Rock", which reached #8 on the US Dance Charts, #48 on the Hot 100, #11 in the UK, and charted on all international charts. It was the theme song to the film Body Rock in 1984. The song is considered a dance classic.
Early career (1977–1980)
Vidal was a founding member of the New York City-based band, Desmond Child & Rouge. They released two well-received albums in 1979 and 1980 for Capitol Records. They toured the country and were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. Their iconic hit "Our Love is Insane" was their own particular blend of rock and disco. The band is known for their inclusion on the soundtrack to The Warriors in 1979, with the song "Last of an Ancient Breed".
Vidal, as a member of Rouge along with Diana Grasselli and Myriam Valle, was asked by Paul Schaffer (the band's keyboardist), to sing on a live comedy album that he was the musical director on for Gilda Radner. While making the album, Radner and producer Lorne Michaels, decided instead to turn it into a Broadway show: Gilda Radner – Live From New York opened at the Winter Garden Theater in the summer of 1979. Rouge performed as musicians as well as a variety of characters on stage. They toured Boston and Chicago, where the performances were made into the film Gilda Live directed by Mike Nichols.
When the band parted ways, her first solo endeavor was an album with EMI, where she worked with producer John "Jellybean" Benitez. While working on the album, she was asked to sing the theme song of the film "Body Rock," produced by Phil Ramone. It became an international hit. Vidal toured around the world promoting it.
Jimmy Iovine then signed Vidal as a solo artist to A&M Records after hearing her demo of "Do Me Right", which had been written and produced for her by Desmond. It became the first single off her eponymous debut solo album and was very popular internationally, especially in South America. The music video was directed by David Fincher.
In 1991, she sang a duet with Desmond Child on the Burt Bacharach/Desmond Child penned power ballad, "Obsession." At the time, Vidal was making her third solo album with British-owned Charisma Records, but the album was never released.
As a singer, songwriter and producer, Vidal has contributed to many other artists' music.
Vidal contributed backup vocals to Kiss' Paul Stanley's solo album, Stevie Nicks' single "I Can't Wait" as well as a few other tracks from Nicks' solo album "Rock A Little", and was a featured vocalist for The Smithereens' single "A Girl Like You". She appears on many of Belinda Carlisle's solo albums, including the 1989 album "Runaway Horses". Other highlights include vocals for artists such as: Aerosmith, Seal, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, and Cher. Maria also appears on albums from Cat Stevens, and, most recently, Lana del Rey.
As a songwriter, Vidal wrote the hit single “Summer Rain” for Belinda Carlisle , which was covered in 2004 by Slinkee Minx, as well as the title song to Carlisle's album “A Woman and a Man”. Vidal has written songs with Desmond Child, Billy Steinberg, and Rick Nowels, including Ace of Base single "Every Time it Rains" and Belinda Carlisle's "California."
In May 2009 Maria Vidal announced the release of her album Living in Radical Radiance. The album can be downloaded on her website or ordered through the website shop.
- 1979: Our Love is Insane
- 1984: Body Rock
- 1985: Hands Off
- 1986: Just One Kiss
- 1987: Hands Off
- 1987: Do Me Right
- 1988: Make Believe
- 1991: Obsession
- 2008: Green (non-album track)
- "Maria Vidal Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
- "Gilda Radner – Live From New York – Broadway Special". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
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