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The Cover Girls

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The Cover Girls
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresFreestyle, pop, urban contemporary
Years active1986–1996, 2001–present
LabelsFever Records
Capitol/EMI Records
Epic/SME Records
  • Evelyn Escalera
  • Sabrina Nieves
  • Lorraine Munoz
Past members
  • Louise "Angel" Mercado
  • Margo Urban
  • Michelle Valentine
  • Caroline Jackson
  • Sunshine Wright

The Cover Girls are an all-female, New-York-City based freestyle music group.


The Cover Girls were formed by music producer and songwriter Andy "Panda" Tripoli and music promoter and dance club owner Sal Abbatiello.[1] The group was originally composed of singers Louise "Angel" Sabater, Caroline Jackson, and Sunshine Wright. In late 1986, they released their first album, Show Me. Five singles were released from this album, including the Top 40, Billboard Hot 100 hits "Because of You"[2] and "Promise Me".[3] Sunshine Wright left the group in late 1987 after the release of the album and its second single "Spring Love", and was quickly replaced by Margo Urban, with whom the group released three more singles off the album.[4] In 1988, they recorded the song "Better Late Than Never" for the Coming to America film soundtrack.[5]

In 1989, their second album, We Can't Go Wrong, was released and included the song "My Heart Skips a Beat" as well as the title track. The Cover Girls performed "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "We Can't Go Wrong" on the series finale[6] of American Bandstand in October 1989. "All That Glitters Isn't Gold" was the third single released from the We Can't Go Wrong album. Shortly after its release, Louise "Angel" Sabater left the group to pursue a solo career and was replaced on lead vocals by Evelyn Escalera.[citation needed]

The first song recorded with Escalera on lead was "Don't Stop Now", released for the compilation album Music Speaks Louder Than Words, which was a joint collaboration between American and Soviet songwriters. The song's music is a cover of Russian artist Viktor Reznikov's 1988 song "Domovoy", with new English lyrics written by Todd Cerney and Harold Payne.[7][8] The song was released as a single in 1990 with "Funk Boutique" originally as the B-Side.[9]

In 1992, they released their third studio album, "Here It Is" features for the first time two lead singers, Escalera and Valentine, and produced a cover version of the Rose Royce 1978 song "Wishing on a Star". In 1993, Evelyn Escalera recorded vocals on a promotional single titled "Can You Feel It?" by Fish released on Cupid Records.[citation needed]

In 1994, the group contributed the new song "You Better Change" to the soundtrack of the film I Like It Like That.[10]

In 1996, they released another album, titled, Satisfy. The first single from the album, "I Am Woman", was released originally with Valentine on lead vocals. But shortly after the single was released Valentine left the group. Lead vocals were then taken over by Gayle Ellis. On "I Need Your Lovin'", the vocals on the album mix were by Valentine and the single remix vocals were handled by Ellis and Escalera (who had then returned to the group from a hiatus). Nicki Richards also recorded her lead vocals on some of the Satisfy album tracks, notably "Whenever You Need Me" and "Keep On Giving Me Love".[citation needed]

In 1997, Sabrina Nieves contributed the track "Supersonic" under the name “Sabrina Sang” on the “Jock Jams Vol. 3” album.[citation needed]

In 1998, Lorraine Munoz released the single "Ritmo De La Noche" under the name Lorena Martinez from the Latin Mix USA album.[citation needed]

In 2006, The Cover Girls (Escalera, Munoz, and Nieves) contributed vocals on the Cobra Starship song "The Ballad of Big Poppa and Diamond Girl" from the Cobra Starship album While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets.[citation needed]

In November 2008, Evelyn Escalera released her first solo single, a cover of the Mariah Carey Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You", under her new pseudonym Evelyn DeMille.[citation needed]

In 2010, Evelyn Escalera contributed the track "Grown Up Christmas List" to the album A Traditional Freestyle Christmas Vol 1.[citation needed]

Michelle Valentine went on to become an author, writing "Nyagra's Falls", "A Girl's Gotta Eat", and "The Year It Snowed in April".[citation needed]

On November 7, 2015, the Cover Girls (Escalera, Munoz, and Nieves) were featured in a documentary on freestyle music titled Legends of Freestyle, which interviewed freestyle artists and delved into the history and movement of this genre. The Documentary presented by Stanulis Productions premiered at the HBO Urban Action Film Festival at the AMC Theater; one night only on Sat Nov 7th 2015 on 47th Street in New York City.[citation needed]

Evelyn Escalera, Sabrina Nieves and Lorraine Munoz still perform and tour to this day as The Cover Girls. And, they are under Sal Abbatiello's Fever Management.[citation needed]



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions

1986 Show Me
  • Release date: November 30, 1986
  • Label: Fever
64 74
1989 We Can't Go Wrong
  • Release date: August 8, 1989
  • Label: Capitol
1992 Here It Is
  • Release date: June 2, 1992
  • Label: Epic
1996 Satisfy
  • Release date: August 20, 1996
  • Label: Quality
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
1998 Greatest Hits
  • Released: July 2, 1998
  • Label: Mars
1998 Greatest Hits


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1987 "Show Me" 44 34 4 Show Me
"Spring Love" 98 82
"Because of You" 27 47 16
1988 "Promise Me" 40
"Inside Outside" 55 12
"Better Late Than Never" Coming to America OST
1989 "My Heart Skips a Beat" 38 4 We Can't Go Wrong
"We Can't Go Wrong" 8
1990 "All That Glitters Isn't Gold" 49 18
"Don't Stop Now" 63 8 Music Speaks Louder Than Words
1991 "Funk Boutique" 55 8 150 Here It Is
1992 "Wishing on a Star" 9 19 7 38
"Thank You" 75
1993 "If You Want My Love (Here It Is)" 125 8
"Estrella Del Amor (Wishing On a Star)" Sony Discos Brazil promotional single
1996 "I Am Woman" Satisfy
"I Need Your Lovin'"
2002 "Hooked On You (Remix)" Promotional single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Biography of group at feverrecords.com Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  2. ^ "The Hot 100". Billboard. February 26, 1988.
  3. ^ "The Hot 100". Billboard. May 21, 1988.
  4. ^ Johnson, Connie (February 20, 1988). "The Cover Girls--Singled Out for That Supreme Look". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Various – Coming To America (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Discogs.
  6. ^ "TV Series Finale – American Bandstand". TV Series Finale. 17 March 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  7. ^ "ЗВЕЗДЫ РОССИЙСКОЙ МУЗЫКАЛЬНОЙ СЦЕНЫ ИСПОЛНЯТ ПЕСНИ ВИКТОРА РЕЗНИКОВА". АртМосковия (in Russian). 2023-02-14. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  8. ^ "6 русских мегахитов, которые позаимствовали и присвоили западные артисты". Life.ru (in Russian). 2023-03-26. Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  9. ^ The Cover Girls - Funk Boutique, 1991, retrieved 2023-07-23
  10. ^ "Various – I Like It Like That Vol. 1 (Music From The Motion Picture)". Discogs.
  11. ^ a b c d e Phares, Heather. The Cover Girls at AllMusic
  12. ^ "Bubbling Down Under Week Commencing April 22, 1989". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  13. ^ "UK Charts > The Cover Girls". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-27.

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