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Shanice Lorraine Wilson

(1973-05-14) May 14, 1973 (age 49)
Other namesShanice Wilson
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • dancer
  • keyboardist
(m. 2000)
Musical career
Years active1984–present
LabelsA&M (1986–1988)
Motown (1990–1997)
LaFace (1997–2000)
Imajah / PlayTyme (2005–present)
Heritage Music Group (2018–Present)

Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox[1] (née Wilson; born May 14, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, actress and dancer. Shanice had the Billboard hit singles "I Love Your Smile" and "Silent Prayer" in 1991 and "Saving Forever for You" in 1993. In 1999, Shanice scored another hit song, "When I Close My Eyes", which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Shanice is recognized for her coloratura soprano voice and her ability to sing in the whistle register.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shanice Lorraine Wilson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and relocated to Los Angeles, California with her mother Crystal, and her aunt Penni. Her mother and aunt went to Los Angeles in pursuit of careers in the music industry. They shifted their focus to Shanice and formed the management company Crystal Penni to cultivate and promote her talents. Shanice was nine years old when she appeared in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial with the legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.[2] In 1984, she was part of the regular cast in the first thirteen episodes of the children's program Kids Incorporated. Shanice competed on Star Search as an eleven-year old, and later signed with A&M Records.[3]

Recording career[edit]

In 1987, at the age of 14, A&M Records released her debut album, Discovery. It produced two top-ten R&B hits, "(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance" and "No ½ Steppin'".[3][4] Shanice went on to sign a deal with Motown Records in the summer of 1990, releasing Inner Child in late 1991, which included her best-known hit single "I Love Your Smile". It reached the top ten in 22 countries, including the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The album also featured a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Lovin' You", a rendition that brought attention to her three-and-a-half octave vocal range.[5]

After Inner Child, Shanice continued to record albums, including 1994's 21… Ways to Grow with producer Rhett Lawrence, a Los Angeles session musician and Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith. This effort was followed by a move to LaFace Records in 1997, who later released the 1999 album Shanice. While she has not achieved significant commercial success with subsequent albums, she has contributed to various film soundtracks, such as Boomerang ("Don't Wanna Love You") and The Meteor Man ("It's for You"). Shanice also achieved success with her top-ten hit "Saving Forever for You", from the Beverly Hills 90210 Soundtrack.[4] She later recorded "If I Never Knew You", a duet with Jon Secada, for the original soundtrack of Disney's 1995 film Pocahontas. While still with Motown, she also recorded a cover version of "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Tami Roman and the fellow members of her 90's R&B group quartet, Female, provided the backing vocals in the song, released via the Panther soundtrack on May 2, 1995, weeks before the Pocahontas soundtrack was released on May 30.

Shanice occasionally does background vocals for other artists; she can be heard on Toni Braxton's "Come on Over Here" and "Un-Break My Heart",[6] as well as Usher's "Bedtime". In 2010 she performed vocals on the track "Behind the Mask", from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael. Shanice recorded the song "A Midnight Rendezvous" for the 2012 Kinect game Rhythm Party. She also performed "Love Is the Gift", the English theme song for the video game The Bouncer. Shanice returned to recording after a five-year hiatus and released her fifth studio album Every Woman Dreams on her own label Imajah (named for her two children).[7] The album peaked at No. 30 on the R&B Albums Chart.[4]

In 2019, Shanice returned with the new single "He Won't".[8] In 2022, she was selected to sing the theme song of the Sesame Street spinoff series Mecha Builders, alongside Eric Bellinger.[9]

Acting and other appearances[edit]

In addition to singing, Shanice is also an actress, first appearing in "Rock Enroll", a season five episode of Family Matters.[10] In 2001, she made an appearance as a singer on her husband Flex's TV show One on One. That same year, she starred in the made-for-TV movie One Special Moment,[11] an adaptation of Brenda Jackson's 1998 novel of the same name.

In 1997, Shanice became the first Black performer to star in the role of Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.[12] In 2011, Shanice joined Niecy Nash and Frenchie Davis for the 21st Annual "Divas Simply Singing" HIV/AIDS charity event.[13] Shanice and her husband, Flex, also starred in the OWN reality show Flex & Shanice, which premiered on November 1, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

On February 19, 2000, Shanice married actor/comedian Flex Alexander.[14] They have two children, daughter Imani Shekinah Knox (born August 23, 2001) and son Elijah Alexander Knox (born March 5, 2004).[15]


Studio albums


Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards) — or Grammys – are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 I Love Your Smile Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated

Golden Lion Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref
1993 Shanice Best International Artist Won [16]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired in national television syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. It is produced by the makers of Soul Train, the program from which it takes its name, and features musical performances by various R&B and hip hop music recording artists interspersed throughout the ceremonies.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1988 Shanice Best New Artist Nominated


  1. ^ Capretto, Lisa. "The Exact Moment This '90s Singer Realized Her Friend Was Actually Her Soul Mate.", July 29, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American Music Channel: Shanice." Archived November 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "8 Artists Who Made it Big After Performing on ‘Star Search’.", December 26, 2013. Retrieved October17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Shanice: Singles Chart History." Archived October 28, 2019, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Norment, Lynn. "The Lives And Loves of New Pop Divas." Ebony, November 1993. 42. Google Books. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Toni Braxton: Un-Break My Heart" Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Williams-Wheeler, Dorrie. "Shanice Wilson Interview.", 2006. Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Shanice Returns With New Single 'He Won't.'", March 17, 2019. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Shanice on Instagram: "I have an exciting announcement to make! I'm singing the new theme song..." Instagram.
  10. ^ Tracy, John (January 7, 1994), Rock Enroll, Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Rosetta LeNoire, retrieved February 6, 2018
  11. ^ "One Special Moment (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Shanice at the Internet Broadway Database
  13. ^ "Divas Dish: Niecy Nash, Shanice Wilson and Frenchie Davis". BET. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Steve (October 6, 2003). "Flex Appeal". People. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  15. ^ "10 hottest couples". Ebony. February 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  16. ^ "Shanice Wilson Page". Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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