Ullanda McCullough

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Ullanda McCullough
Birth name Ullanda McCullough
Genres Soul, R&B, Disco, gospel, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Background singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970-1985
Labels Ariola Records
Atlantic Records
Associated acts Ashford & Simpson

Ullanda McCullough is an American pop music singer most noted as a background vocalist.[1]


McCullough began her singing career at age 13 in Detroit, Michigan. In early 1970s she sang numerous advertising jingles including the 1971 Coca Cola commercial I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing. In 1974, she was a background vocalist on Eddie Floyd's album, "Soul Street". In 1975, McCullough relocated from Detroit to New York City to continue her career as a background singer.[2] She sang background vocals for Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross,[2] Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler[2] and others.

In 1979 McCullough began a solo career and recorded three albums: Love Zone (1979), Ullanda McCullough (1981) and Watching You Watching Me (1982). Afterward, she returned to singing backup for Billy Joel, The Weather Girls and others.

Personal life[edit]

McCullough became a born-again Christian in the 1990s. She co-authored her biography with Cecil Murphey, Something Special: The Story of Ullanda Innocent, in 1996.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[3] Record label
1979 Love Zone Ariola Records
1981 Ullanda McCullough Atlantic Records
1982 Watching You Watching Me
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


  1. ^ Peters, Ida (April 7, 1981). "What's Happening: Ullanda". Washington Afro-American. p. 11. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Herschel (December 1981). "The Secret World of Studio Musicias". Black Enterprise. 12 (5): 71. 
  3. ^ "Ullanda McCullough US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McCullough-Innocent, Ullanda; Murphy, Cecil (1996). Something Special: The Story of Ullanda Innocent. Review & Herald Pub Assn. ISBN 978-0828007153.