Pauline Henry

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Pauline Henry
Birth name Pauline Deloris Henry[1]
Born (1961-01-29) January 29, 1961 (age 56)[2]
Jamaica
Genres Soul, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1989–present
Labels CBS Records, Sony Soho2, Universal Music Group, Groove Odyssey
Associated acts The Chimes
Website http://paulinehenry.com/

Pauline Henry (born 29 January 1961) is a British Jamaican recording artist. She was the vocalist in the Scottish band The Chimes, best known for their 1990 cover version of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", between 1988 and 1991.[3] Following her departure from the group, Henry embarked on a solo career, and achieved five UK top 40 singles between 1993 and 1996.[4]

Early life[edit]

Henry emigrated from Jamaica to the United Kingdom when she was 10 years old, and settled in London.[3] Before commencing her recording career, she worked as a hair stylist and make-up artist, but also did occasional work as a session singer.[3]

Career[edit]

In early 1988,[3] Edinburgh-based Mike Peden and James Locke were looking to form a band to record some songs they had written, but had not yet found a suitable vocalist. Henry's name was passed on to them, and after hearing a tape of her voice played over the telephone, they arranged to meet her.[3] Initially intending for Henry to record songs they had already written, the group soon evolved into a partnership where Henry also contributed to the songwriting.[3] Naming themselves The Chimes, the group were signed to CBS Records after a representative from the label saw them perform live in Edinburgh.[3]

The group's first single, "1-2-3", produced by Jazzie B and Nellee Hooper, was released in August 1989 and peaked at #60 in the UK.[5] Their version of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" found the group greater success, reaching #6 in the UK the following year.[5] The Chimes' self-titled debut album was released in 1990, and reached the top 20 in the UK,[5] Australia,[6] Austria,[7] and New Zealand.[8] With subsequent singles faring less well on the charts, the band split up in 1991.[3]

Henry then embarked on a solo career, with her first solo single, "Too Many People", reaching #38 in the UK in September 1993.[4] Her next single, a cover version of Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love", was a top 20 hit in the UK,[4] Australia,[9] and New Zealand.[10] Henry's debut album, Pauline, was released in 1994, and reached the top 50 in the UK[4] and Australia.[9] A second solo album, Do Over, followed in 1996.

Henry then took a hiatus from her recording career, and obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree and a masters degree in Intellectual Property Law.[11]

In 2016, Henry recorded a new version of The Chimes' song "Heaven" for the expanded re-issue of The Chimes' only album.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK
[4]
AUS
[9]
1994 Pauline 45 37
1996 Do Over 173
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Compilations[edit]

  • 1998: Heaven - The Very Best of Pauline Henry & The Chimes

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[4]
AUS
[9]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NZ
[10]
1993 "Too Many People" 38 32 Pauline
"Feel Like Making Love" 12 13 85 21 17
1994 "Can't Take Your Love" 30
"Watch the Miracle Start" 54 213
"Too Many People" (Australian re-release) 76
1995 "Sugar Free" 57 Do Over
"Love Hangover" 37
1996 "Never Knew Love Like This" (featuring Wayne Marshall) 40
"Happy" 46
1998 "If I Can't Have You" 98 non-album singles
2001 "I'm in Heaven" (Madd Forest featuring Pauline Henry)
(White label only)
2014 "Sunshine (Happiness)"
2015 "I Got the Feeling Right"
2017 "Heaven (The DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remixes)" The Chimes 2016 re-issue
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discogs > Pauline Henry". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic > Pauline Henry > Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Allan, Stewart (2016). The Chimes > Stronger Together... (from the liner notes of the 2016 re-issue of The Chimes CD). Big Break Records. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Official Charts > Pauline Henry". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Chimes". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com > The Chimes in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  7. ^ "The Chimes in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz > The Chimes in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  9. ^ a b c d Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  10. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Pauline Henry in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Pauline Henry > About". paulinehenry.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Pauline Henry – Feel Like Making Love (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Pauline Henry'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  14. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1994". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-02-15.