Meli'sa Morgan

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Meli'sa Morgan
Birth name Joyce Melissa Morgan
Born (1964-12-06) December 6, 1964 (age 53)[1]
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website melisamorgan.com

Joyce Melissa "Meli'sa" Morgan[2] (born December 6, 1964) is an American R&B/Soul singer–songwriter. Morgan had a string of urban contemporary hits starting the mid–1980s through the mid–1990s. Morgan most notable songs includes her cover version of Prince's "Do Me, Baby" (1985), "Do You Still Love Me" (1986) and "Still in Love With You" (1992). Born in Queens, New York, Morgan got her start in the music industry while singing with a church gospel choir called the Starlets of Corona. Morgan cites Chaka Khan as a major influence.[3]

Career[edit]

1982–92[edit]

Her initial chart entry was as the lead singer of the dance group, Shades of Love. They had a single entry on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1982, the #26 "Body to Body (Keep in Touch)". This was re-popularized in 1994 by new remixes, "Body to Body (Keep in Touch)", and reached number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. That same year, music entrepreneur Jacques Fred Petrus asked her to join his newly created studio group, High Fashion, that featured Morgan and two other New York vocalists, Eric McClinton and Alyson Williams. High Fashion's sole hit, "Feelin' Lucky Lately", reached #32 on the US Black Singles chart.[4] In 1983 Morgan left, and was replaced in the group by the jazz vocalist, Marcella Allen. Morgan worked as a backing singer with Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore.[5] As a solo artist she topped the R&B chart with her cover version of Prince's "Do Me, Baby" for 3 weeks,[6] (the title track from her debut album) which also became her only Billboard Hot 100 entry, peaking at number 46 in 1986. She also had a top 5 R&B single with "Do You Still Love Me" from her debut album. She had several solo hits on the U.S. dance chart as well, including "Still in Love With You," which hit #3 in 1992.

2005–present[edit]

After a lengthy hiatus, Morgan released her fifth solo album, I Remember. The first single, "Back Together Again", a song originally recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, received moderate airplay on urban contemporary radio stations during early 2006 and peaked at number 46 on Billboard's R&B chart. The follow-up singles included "I Remember", "Will You?" and "High Maintenance" which was released in September 2006. New material by Meli'sa Morgan can be heard on a German release by Cool Million, which features Meli'sa Morgan on lead vocals on the opening track Sweet Baby. This proves she is still vocally in top condition. Morgan was featured on an episode of TVOne's Unsung which aired in 2015.

Personal and Influence[edit]

Morgan was married to playwright, writer and director Shelly Garrett from 1993[7] until 1998. A verse from Morgan's 1986 single "Fool's Paradise" was re-vamped, with modified lyrics, by Mary J. Blige as the chorus to the 1996 Jay-Z single "Can't Knock the Hustle".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details[8] Peak chart positions
US
[9]
US
R&B
/HH

[10]
Do Me Baby 41 4
Good Love
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette
108 11
The Lady in Me
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette
Still in Love with You
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Pendulum
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette
38
I Remember 96
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Do You Still Love Me?: The Best of Meli'sa Morgan

Singles[edit]

List of singles as a group member, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Chart positions Artist Album
US
R&B
/HH

[13]
US
Dance

[14]
"I'm In The Prime Of Love" 1978 Business Before Pleasure (stylised as B.B.P.)[15] N/A
"Feelin' Lucky Lately" 1982 32 High Fashion Feelin' Lucky
"Keep in Touch (Body to Body)" 1 Shades of Love N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title[16] Year Chart positions Album
US
[17]
US
R&B
/HH

[18]
US
Dance

[19]
UK
[20]
"Do Me Baby" 1985 46 1 Do Me Baby
"Do You Still Love Me?" 1986 5
"Fool's Paradise" 24 41
"Now or Never"
"Deeper Love" 1987 74 The Golden Child
"If You Can Do It: I Can Too" 2 27 86 Good Love
"Love Changes" (with Kashif) 2
"Here Comes the Night" 1988 17
"Good Love" 59
"Can You Give Me What I Want" 1990 33 The Lady in Me
"Don't You Know"
"Still in Love with You" 1992 9 3 Still in Love with You
"Through the Tears" 18
"I'm Gonna Be Your Lover (Tonight)" 68
"Tell Me (How It Feels)" (with Mike Stevens) 1995 Joy
"Searchin'" (with Mike Stevens) 1996
"Believe In Yourself" (with Soul Switch) 1999 N/A
"How" (with JT Taylor) 2000 82 A Brand New Me
"Don't Say Love" (with Soul Switch) 2003 N/A
"Back Together Again" (with Freddie Jackson) 2005 46 I Remember
"I Remember..." 2006 86
"Sweet Baby" (with Cool Million) 2015 N/A
"So Good" N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WHo's Who Among African AMericans - Meli'sa Morgan b. 1964
  2. ^ Introducing: Sultry Singer Meli'sa Morgan. Ebony Magazine, April 1988
  3. ^ Introducing: Sultry Singer Meli'sa Morgan - Ebony Magazine - April 1988
  4. ^ "High Fashion". www.billboard.com. July 10, 1982. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Record News", Sounds, December 14, 1985, p. 6
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Meli'sa Morgan". Allmusic. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Jet Magazine - June 14, 1993
  8. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Album & Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Album & Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "I Remember - Meli'sa Morgan - Songs, Reviews, Credits - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Do You Still Love Me?: The Best of Meli'sa Morgan - Meli'sa Morgan - Songs, Reviews, Credits - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ "High Fashion Album & Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Shades of Love Album & Chart History (Dance)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "B.B.P.* – I'm In The Prime Of Love / Funk You". Discogs. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Discography at Discogs: Singles-EPs - Releases". Discogs. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Album & Chart History (Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Album & Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "Meli'sa Morgan Album & Chart History (Dance)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "UK Charts > Meli'sa Morgan". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 

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