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Shanice Lorraine Wilson

(1973-05-14) May 14, 1973 (age 46)
Home townLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Height5ft 4in (1.63m)
Flex Alexander (m. 2000)
Musical career
Years active1984–present
LabelsA&M (1986–1988)
Motown (1989–1995)
LaFace (1997–1999)
Imajah / PlayTyme (2005–present)
Heritage Music Group (2018–Present)
Associated acts

Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox[1] (née Wilson; born May 14, 1973), better known simply as Shanice, is an American singer–songwriter, actress and dancer. Wilson had the Billboard hit singles "I Love Your Smile" and "Silent Prayer" in 1991 and "Saving Forever for You" in 1993. In 1999, Wilson scored another hit song, "When I Close My Eyes", which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Wilson is recognized for her coloratura soprano voice and her ability to sing in the whistle register.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, raised in Los Angeles, California, Wilson relocated to Los Angeles with her mother and aunt (Crystal and Penni) who were themselves interested in pursuing careers in the music industry. They soon abandoned their aspirations of stardom, instead focusing their efforts on young Shanice; forming the management company Crystal Penni to cultivate and promote her talents. At age 9, Shanice appeared in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial with the legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. In 1984, she appeared as a regular in season 1, episodes 1-13 of the children's program Kids Incorporated and was replaced by Carletta Prince in season 1, episode 14 of this show. At age 11, Shanice competed on Star Search. Shortly after that, she was signed to A&M Records.[3][4] The given name "Shanice", an ad-hoc combination of the name elements Shan- and -ice, first enters the official statistics of most popular given names in the United States in 1988, i.e. in the year after the singer's debut album; its popularity peaked in 1992, at rank 162 of most popularly given girls' names, after Shanice's biggest hit I Love Your Smile and again fell below rank 1000 by the year 2000.[5]

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][6] Wilson 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 #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The album also featured a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Lovin' You", a rendition that brought attention to her five-octave vocal range.[7]

After Inner Child, Wilson 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"). Wilson also achieved success with her top-ten hit "Saving Forever for You", from the Beverly Hills 90210 Soundtrack.[6] She also recorded "If I Never Knew You", a duet with Jon Secada, for the original soundtrack of Disney's 1995 film Pocahontas.

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",[8] as well as Usher's "Bedtime". In 2010 she performed vocals on the track "Behind the Mask", from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael. Wilson recorded the song "A Midnight Rendezvous" for the 2012 Kinect game Rhythm Party. She also performed the English theme song for the video game The Bouncer, called "Love Is the Gift". Wilson 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).[9] The album peaked at #30 on the R&B Albums Chart.[6]

In 2019, Shanice returned with the new single "He Won't".[10]

Acting and other appearances[edit]

In addition to singing, Wilson is also an actress, first appearing in season five of Family Matters episode "Rock Enroll".[11] She later performed in 1997 on the Broadway stage as the first black performer to star in the role of Eponine in the musical Les Misérables.[12] In 2001, Shanice made an appearance on her husband Flex's show One on One as a singer also she starred in the made-for-TV movie One Special Moment,[13] an adaptation of Brenda Jackson's 1998 novel of the same name. In 2011, Shanice joined Niecy Nash and Frenchie Davis for the 21st Annual "Divas Simply Singing" HIV/AIDS charity event.[14] Shanice and her husband, Flex, are starring in their own reality show Flex & Shanice, which premiered on November 1, 2014, on OWN.

Personal life[edit]

On Valentine's Day 2000, Wilson married actor/comedian Flex Alexander.[15] They have two children, daughter Imani Shekinah Knox (born August 23, 2001) and son Elijah Alexander Knox (born March 5, 2004).[16]


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 [17]

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. ^ OWN (2016-07-29). "The Exact Moment This '90s Singer Realized Her Friend Was Actually Her Soul Mate". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  2. ^ Shanice American Music Channel profile Archived 2011-11-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Faces to Watch: Shanice Wilson". 1992-01-31. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Shanice Biography". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  5. ^ "USAGE: African American (Modern), Meaning & History: Combination of the popular name elements Shan and ice."
  6. ^ a b c d "Shanice: Singles Chart History". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  7. ^ Norment, Lynn (November 1993). The Lives And Loves of New Pop Divas. Ebony. p. 42. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  8. ^ Hogan, Ed. ""Un-Break My Heart" Song Review".
  9. ^ "Shanice Wilson Interview". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  10. ^ "Shanice Returns With New Single "He Won't" -". 2019-03-17. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  11. ^ Tracy, John (1994-01-07), Rock Enroll, Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Rosetta LeNoire, retrieved 2018-02-06
  12. ^ Shanice at the Internet Broadway Database
  13. ^ "One Special Moment (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "Divas Dish: Niecy Nash, Shanice Wilson and Frenchie Davis". Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  15. ^ Dougherty, Steve (2003-10-06). "Flex Appeal". People. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  16. ^ "10 hottest couples". Ebony. February 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  17. ^ "Shanice Wilson Page". Retrieved 2019-05-25.

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