Lisa Stansfield Biography
Lisa Jane Stansfield (born on April 11, 1966) is an English R&B singer from Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
After releasing several unsuccessful singles in her mid-teens (she also co-hosted a Children's TV pop show at this time, Razzmatazz with Alistair Pirrie), she became a major international star after her guest vocal stint on Coldcut's UK classic, "People Hold On." She is probably best known for her first UK number one single, "All Around the World" (1989), which also peaked at #3 in the United States the following year. Other worldwide hits from her solo debut Affection include "This is the Right Time", "Live Together", "What Did I Do To You" and "You Can't Deny It". Both "All Around the World" and "You Can't Deny It" hit No. 1 on Billboard's R&B charts. Affection went platinum in the US, and sold a total of 5 million copies worldwide.
In 1992, Stansfield won a Brit award as best British female solo artist. However, her second album Real Love did not quite live up to the success of Affection, despite selling very well. However, it did spawn four Top 40 singles on the European charts: "Change", "All Woman", "Time to Make You Mine" and "Set Your Loving Free". "All Woman" became Stansfield's third No. 1 single on Billboard's R&B charts, and due to the success of that song, the album went gold in the US. "All Woman" is classic "kitchen sink soul", full of pathos and emotion. Like "All Around the World", many critics initially believed that it had been performed by a black singer.
She continued recording disco-influenced soul throughout the 1990s. Her third album So Natural (1993) spawned three Top 40 European singles including the title track, "In All the Right Places," and "Little Bit of Heaven," but the album was never released in the US. She had continued success throughout Europe although, unfortunately, her popularity in America has diminished. Her self-titled fourth album Lisa Stansfield (1997) was a hit in Europe with two top ten singles - "People Hold On" (re-released as a dance mix by the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and "The Real Thing," and the Top 40 track "Never Never Gonna Give You Up" (a remake of Barry White's 1973 hit); upon being released in the US the album did not receive much attention outside dance clubs where remixes were very successful. Her 2001 album Face Up featured the singles "Let's Just Call It Love" and "8-3-1" and found her experimenting with newer styles of R&B such as 2-step while continuing with her trademark sound. Unfortunately, it again was not released in the US.
After leaving her record company, a greatest hits collection called Biography was released and sold moderately, however Stansfield needed to find a new record label if her career was to continue. Her 2004 release The Moment (with a new label) was produced by Trevor Horn, well-known for his work with Seal, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood among others. Featuring the singles "Treat Me Like A Woman" and "If I Hadn't Got You" the album found her exploring more pop-oriented material. Musician Shaun Ryder has said that "she makes me look posh." Despite this, the album was a failure for Lisa and once again she was dropped by a record company and is currently without a label.
As well as Razzmatazz, Lisa can be seen in 1983 children's television show "The Krankies Klub" alongside Jimmy Cricket and Rocky Sharpe & The Replays.