CeCe Peniston
African American recording artist
CeCe Peniston
CeCe Peniston is an African American recording artist and former beauty queen. At the beginning of the nineties, she was considered to be one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, scoring five major number one hits in the chart within three years.
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"Walking on Air"
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Proving Perry can rock clichés in just about any pop style the latest taste of her forthcoming LP Prism casts her as a belt-it-out Nineties house diva Girl's no CeCe Peniston but the style suits her and with production help from Robyn wingman Klas Åhlund she brings the party here...
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Things to Do: Sacramento Rainbow Festival is due Labor Day weekend - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
Each venue will host parties, events and headliner entertainment, such as a 1990s Diva Reunion featuring CeCe Peniston, Lonnie Gordon and Crystal Waters, and a performance by Wynter Gordon. Proceeds from ticket and door cover charges will benefit the
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The Reason We Sing - Asianjournal.com
Google News - over 5 years
She is also known as “The Front Act Queen”, opening for famous artists like Patti Austin, Color Me Badd, Mike Francis, Denise Williams, David Benoit, Richard Elliot, Brian Adams, Lisa Stanfield and Cece Peniston, to name a few
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Kids learn stardom's basics from local songwriter - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
Last year the kids met singer CeCe Peniston, whose hit songs include her signature “Finally,” and they attended a seminar Brooks organized about setting goals. As a result, the Brights say, their children are more confident. “She's providing them with
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BET Awards - News & Observer
Google News - over 5 years
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) – Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Singer CeCe Peniston arrives at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) – Getty
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Peace Fest Promotes Ending Violence in Phoenix - FinalCall.com News
Google News - over 5 years
Thousands of youth crowded the stage to listen to guest speakers and watch the live entertainment, including a performance from recording artist CeCe Peniston. “I support the Peace Fest because it has such a positive impact on our community
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Google News - over 5 years
The film also features a wonderful soundtrack with the likes of ABBA and an awesome finale from CeCe Peniston. Other drag movies like TOOTSIE, MRS. DOUBTFIRE or TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, this is a whole lot of fun
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Los Angeles Pride 2011 in Photos! - SheWired
Google News - over 5 years
During a news conference beforehand, Weir noted that his outfit was picked out by his mother. The main entertainment stage at the festival featured CeCe Peniston, Mya and Margaret Cho (this year's Morris Kight Lifetime Achievement Award recipient)
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Saturday's Scoop: Let the Festivities Begin - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
... gay, bisexual and transgender celebration comes to West Hollywood Park from 12 pm to 12 am Last year's America's Got Talent winner Prince Poppycock takes the Mainstage Dance Pavilion at 6:30 pm, followed by dance music artist CeCe Peniston at 7 pm
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20000 to 200000: The first downtown Pride festival - Washington Blade
Google News - over 5 years
After the festival, the party continued at another new addition – the “Field of Dreams” outdoor dance at dusk with DJ David Knapp and featuring a live performance by CeCe Peniston, held in Stead Park at 17th and P streets. This event was attended by
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Palazzo Pants Make A Return ... Let's Rejoice? - The Frisky (blog)
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CeCe Peniston was a “few-hit wonder,” and if you weren't into grunge fashion, then you probably decked yourself out in the glamorous '70s look that was in vogue at the time. Spurred along by pop singers like CeCe, palazzo pants had a major moment in
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LA PRIDE 2011: New Key Sponsors Announced - WeHo News
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This key element of the celebration will host world class acts including Grammy-winning artist Estelle, the outrageous Margaret Cho, dance-diva CeCe Peniston, America's Got Talent favorite Prince Poppycock and the high-energy hometown boy, Sam Sparro
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Cool things to do in the week ahead - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
The parade will be followed by the Capital Pride Festival, featuring performances by singer CeCe Peniston, Shontelle, Sirsy, and Taina Asil y la Banda Rebelde. Various times, Wednesday through Sunday, at various Albany locations
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Johnny Weir named grand marshal for LA gay pride parade - ChicagoPride.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Additional highlights of the festival include the historic Dyke March, inaugural Purple Party, and entertainment provided by over 75 performers including Margaret Cho, Estelle, Prince Poppycock, CeCe Peniston, Macy Gray, Sam Sparro and more
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Written by Instinct Staff | Friday, 20 May 2011 - Instinct Magazine (satire) (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
LA Pride has just announced that openly gay (and sexy) Sam Sparro, Mya, Estelle, Prince Poppycock and, finally, tee-hee, Cece Peniston are set to perform. For LA Pride's official site, go here. The hugely gaydored Margaret Cho will be receiving the
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CeCe Peniston returns! - Sydney Star Observer
Google News - almost 6 years
American soul singer CeCe Peniston has given fans the first taste of her 15-years-in-the-making comeback album CeCe. The diva, who will forever be associated with The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert thanks to her '90s anthem Finally,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of CeCe Peniston
  • 2015
    Age 45
    Based on her appearance for reality TV series Celebrity Wife Swap in August 2015, she is now engaged to personal trainer Marcus Matthews.
    More Details Hide Details While Peniston's mother, Barbara Anne Quick (born August 25, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York), was also her manager, one of the Peniston's brothers, Gregory Dereck Peniston (born in 1972) is a behavior coach for children ages five to seventeen and a model, who tried to record several songs himself. He was involved in her co-production as a road manager, as well as in her charity work. She is the third born of four siblings, and sharing her home in Glendale, Arizona with two pit bulls and a chihuahua. With the exception of her formative years when she was crowned a beauty queen, Peniston was struggling with being overweight constantly. "When I first got in this business, I was actually heavier and I was comfortable with who I was, but that was an issue for the record company," she disclosed in 2006. "But see in this day and age where I'm at, it wouldn't be a problem for the record company, I'm going to make sure that it's not. But for somebody who's getting into the business, realize that you're a commodity, and if the record company's investing in you, make sure you that you invest in yourself. Look is important because people see the physical first," she was advising upcomers in the 5 Magazine interview.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    One month prior to that, Peniston contributed to the March-issued various artists digital compilation titled Miami 2011 with "Make Me Say Oh", which is her fourth track recorded in collaboration with Ron Carroll (their previous works included songs "My Boo", "I'm Feelin' U" and "In Love with a DJ").
    More Details Hide Details On August 9, WWMG released "Keep On Flossing" (a remixed version of her former single from 90s) recorded as a duet with her fellow rapper Lavon Collins (aka L.C.) While on October 3, a new version of "Finally" by Paul Oakenfold followed. Other track called "Celebrate" was released on March 27. Solo albums: Other studio albums: Peniston has acted in theatrical productions such plays as The Wiz, Treat Her Like a Lady or When a Woman's Fed Up, and later also wrapped up shooting two independent films of the same genre (both released on Maverick Spirit in 2005). The first of them, Don't Touch if You Ain't Prayed, featured gospel music performed by Peniston herself, while the second, Pastor Jones, was another urban film appealing to the Christian market.
    "Make Me Say Oh", "Stoopid!" and "Celebrate" On February 4, 2011, Peniston signed a recording contract with the independent label West Swagg Music Group (WWMG), established by Lupe Rose in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The company currently has a deal with Bungalo Records, which is exclusively distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution. Peniston's first single on the label, "Stoopid! " was officially released on April 26 as a download single.
  • 2009
    Age 39
    On June 17, 2009, Chicago Defender interviewed the artist, who declared that after over a decade she was about to finish recording her comeback album.
    More Details Hide Details Although, she did not concrete its release date, Peniston revealed that she was working with such likes as Track Kingz West, Vudu, Status ("Above Horizons"), David Givens, Montell Jordan (on their common duet "He Say, She Say"), Mateo (on "Piece of That"), Isalene Elliot, and Ragland. “Once I reach an agreement and sign with a record company, the album will drop,” she added. One month later, Peniston confirmed information regarding her new studio album live as a guest of the Wendy Williams birthday show, during which she performed "Finally". Subsequently, the diva allowed to prelisten a few of her brand new recordings to her community via her web-site at myspace.com. Among them, the song "Runway" met with instant positive feedback due to its hip-hop/dance sound comparable to the Timbaland's production. After a New York correspondent, Kenya Thomas, questioned Peniston for Skinny, she wished to subtitle the album CeCe. Her long-waited record would not be out even following years.
  • 2008
    Age 38
    "Above Horizons" However, the year of 2008 also passed with no significant news regarding her new solo studio project, the following June Peniston released "Above Horizons", a national PTA anthem as a tribute to the families, teachers and communities who help children reach their dreams through the PTA, Parent Teacher Association, which resulted from her role being a National Ambassador of the US largest volunteer child advocacy organization.
    More Details Hide Details The ballad was written by Byron V. Garrett, Peniston, Erric Carrington, Essej and Marcus L. Barnum, and the CD promo release, issued on National PTA Recordings, included overall four versions. Among others, also two mixes from a Detroit house music producer and DJ, Aaron-Carl Ragland, who listed one of Peniston's compositions ("Nobody Else" from 1998) as one of his musical influences.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    Though Peniston herself, who supported the trio by performing live in the Next In club in Scottsdale, Arizona, did not consider the record as a strong enough to be offered for sale, "Still I" was eventually released as a four track virtual single in September 2007, and the session that was supposed to rejoin the former producers with Peniston ended up with an apparent contradiction.
    More Details Hide Details The rest of to date unreleased recordings are songs titled "Wonder Woman", "Next to Me" and "Right Here".
    On August 26, 2007, one year after her interview for 5 Chicago Mag, Peniston mentioned again her plans regarding a new album project also for Say What News, however she did not go further this time.
    More Details Hide Details When asked, with whom from the industry she would like to once collaborate, she named the winner of twenty-two Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder. "Still I" Originally, the potential release of an R&B song after a lengthy absence, "Still I", was to be cancelled, but the final record actually leaked out after one of the producers, allowed the Adrenaline Music company to distribute the song. Behind the song's production were recognized Peniston's former folks from Arizona, Felipe Delgado and Jackson (both in charge of her initial hit, “Finally”, from 1991) who reunited in 2005 to form a new production crew, collectively known as SandWorx, altogether with Nick "Cello" Valentine (which joined them in the spring of the following year).
    "Shame Shame Shame" Her following promotional single, "Shame Shame Shame", released in UK in June 2007, was co-written by Matt and Warren Meyers, and Kelly Mueller, better recognized as Soulshaker (alias The Soul Shakers).
    More Details Hide Details The British music producers' team produced for Peniston a composition, which by the end of the year achieved several No. 1 statuses within specialized UK magazine charts (including No.#1 Music Week Pop Tip Chart, No.#1 Music Week Club Chart, and No.#1 DJ Mag Hype Chart). While in England Shame Shame Shame" was issued on the AATW label, in the States the title was released on Trackworks Records in several promo editions.
    "I'm Feelin' U" In 2007, Peniston teamed up with US house DJ Ron Carroll for a funky bomb, "I'm Feelin' U", which was released in May on the Soulfuric Recordings label.
    More Details Hide Details The song caught an attention in the European clublands (No.#2 in the DJ House chart) The four track single included also additional mixes from a French, DJ Fudge, and Brian Tappert, but as with her previous Japanese release ("You Are the Universe"), "I'm Feelin' U" was available for sale exclusively on vinyl, or as a digital single to be directly downloaded.
    "EP Live" and Divas of Disco On April 25, 2007, her icon stood on the stage of Avalon, Hollywood on the occasion of a five star concert Divas of Disco – Live, which included Thelma Houston, Linda Clifford, A Taste of Honey, France Joli and herself.
    More Details Hide Details Each diva performed overall three songs as a solo artist, while Peniston was the main star closing the night. Her performances of "Keep On Walkin'", the Donna Summer's cover version of "Last Dance", and "Finally" were released as a digital live EP on One Media Publishing the following year. The whole concert titled, Divas of Disco, was available in Europe on DVD on ZYX Music in 2008, as well as on CD in 2010, while in U.S. only its DVD release followed (on RSM Records in 2009).
  • 2006
    Age 36
    "You Are the Universe" and Music Is Our Way of Life Interviewed by 5 Chicago magazine in June 2006, singer stated that she was, "working on another album," with George Jackson (a former manager of the Silk Entertainment label), Tre, and Ron Carroll, and expressed her wish to work with Steve Hurley as well back again.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, Peniston co-wrote with Jackson single "It’s Alright" for RaShaan Houston, and took part in another proto-D’vas project, produced by Full Flava, to which she contributed with a Brand New Heavies's hit from 1997 (No.#21 in UK), "You Are the Universe". Her cover version was attached to the Full Flava’s retro album, Music Is Our Way of Life, which reconstructed eleven dancefloor classics in total, and the compilation was released on Dôme. The Peniston’s track was remixed by a Japanese producer, DJ Hasebe, to be featured in his disco medley named after the song, and for the purpose of a limited edition single available only in Japan on vinyl.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    On September 19, 2005, Peniston was invited to appear at Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom, NYC, to be present at the 2nd Annual Dance Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, along with Wanda Dee (of KLF), Nile Rodgers, Freddie Jackson, and Kathy Sledge.
    More Details Hide Details The Dance Music Hall of Fame, created by veteran John Parker in 2003, was supposed to recognize the contributions of those, who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of dance music, and celebrate the history and significance of the genre. An awards ceremony announcing the inductees in the event was to take place annually at a formal dinner event in New York, but due to financial differences among the Board members, the Dance Music Hall of Fame ceased operations after its second ceremony (in 2005). "Deeper Love" Peniston's following music project was a common duet with David Longoria, a trumpet player whose work was previously noticed on records of for example Sting or George Michael. The union became successful when a composition combining jazz and dance music, "Deeper Love", written by Longoria, after six weeks on the chart climbed to No.#14 in the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play (on November 19), returning Peniston lost dance chart positions since another duet number ("Reminiscin") from 2001. The single was released with the copyright owned by Del Oro Music, and included eleven remixes from Junior Vasquez, Ryan Humphries, L.E.X., and Richard Earnshaw. According to David Longoria's official web site, the newest radio version of "Deeper Love 2014" is directed at Rhythmic Radio and to be issued in the Summer of 2014.
    Pastor Jones and Don't Touch if You Ain't Prayed In the first half of 2005, Peniston wrapped up shooting an independent film called Don't Touch if You Ain't Prayed.
    More Details Hide Details Her character was a forty-year-old Christian woman saving herself for marriage, and the film featured gospel music performed by herself. In addition, Peniston took a small part in another urban Gospel film appealing to Christian market, Pastor Jones.
    Gimme the Mike! and Hit Me, Baby, One More Time Back to the States on 2 June 2005, Peniston appeared on the NBC network as a contestant of the summer's reality TV Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.
    More Details Hide Details During each program five former pop stars would sing their biggest hit plus a cover version of one contemporary hit, and every week the winner, picked by the studio audience, would get a donation of $20,000 in their name to a charity of free choice. Peniston competed on the show performing “Finally” plus a Faith Hill's song, "There You'll Be", in favor of a hip-hop group, Arrested Development (the final winner of the program that night). When two years later asked, while being interviewed by the Say What News online magazine, Peniston would not confirm to record "There You'll Be" also in the studio.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    In 2003, Peniston married real estate professional Frank Martin from Halifax, Massachusetts. The couple divorced in 2011.
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    The modern soul set was to be made in England, released on Dôme Records in 2003, and one of the compositions performed by Peniston, "For My Baby", was later given also a treatment for the dance floor with stand-out house mixes from Dave "Leggz" Longmore and Sam Junior Bromfield known as Ruff ’N’ Tumble, and duo KT & C.
    More Details Hide Details "For My Baby" did not succeed on the music charts, however Ruf N Tumble's dance remixes of the song were based on a sample of the Delegation hit single "Heartache No. 9" (that scored at number fifty-seven in US Dance in 1980). Her second solo number on the Full Flava's compilation Colour of My Soul was titled "I Think about Him", and it was a mid-tempo that Peniston co-wrote with Derbyshire and Mullings. "Eternal Lover" Her next steps afterwards led to Better Days Studios in Paris where, for a change, singer was supposed to work with a French producer, Fréderic Tharreau alias BIBI, on exclusively import single "Eternal Lover". In addition to being released in France on RLPMix Records, the song was also issued in Australia and New Zealand on the domestic premier dance label, Vinyl Pusher Records, in 2004.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    In 2001, she collaborated with Ella Mae Saison, a singer from Philippines, on a common track.
    More Details Hide Details The duet partially mixed in France, and partially in N.Y.C., was sponsored by a multiple world champion boxer, Evander Holyfield, and released on his record label in April. After its slow start, while being classified as the Billboard Hot Dance Breakout No.#1 for Maxi-Singles Sales category, the song hit No.#30 in US Dance chart eventually on August 18, under title "Reminiscin" and with Peniston being credited as a featuring artist. Peniston later commented on her recording with Saison, "I had the pleasure of working with a very talented and inspiring artist by the name of Saison. Last January 2001, we collaborated on a duet, Reminiscin. I was fortunate to witness the warmth of a beautiful personality and the great talent of a rising star. I hope the world will be allowed to share in this experience too."
    The composition almost revived her No. 1 status in February 2001, returning her into the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play list, and delivering her a Top 3 entry also in the millennium (No. 2).
    More Details Hide Details Although the song was at the end of the year classified as the 30th most successful US Dance track of 2001, it did not enter the official Hot 100 chart. The digital version of "Lifetime to Love" was to be offered, along with photos and other information regarding Peniston, for free of charge download via Napster, an online music file sharing service. Timing prevented the deal's followthrough in, unfortunately, and singer left 4 Play label afterwards. "Reminiscin" Following the millennium Peniston, no longer part of the mainstream that brought her success in the early '90s, spent the first decade supporting numerous recording artists of various musical styles and influences who would keep her in the music industry and in the eye of public mostly as a guest, but prominent vocalist.
  • 1996
    Age 26
    Clinton commented on her performance on November 4, 1996 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, mentioning: "I want to thank CeCe Peniston for singing so beautifully."
    More Details Hide Details Following her dismissal, Peniston took playing as Glinda the Good Witch in a theatrical production of musical play The Wiz. The staged concert was opened at Oakland's Paramount Theatre for a five-day run on June 11, 1997, and besides herself, Grace Jones and Peabo Bryson appeared to act. In September, A&M re-released the single "Finally" that successfully entered the UK Top 75 back again (No.#26), and in addition also her debut album on CD enhanced with the new remix, Finally (Classic Funk Radio Mix), both re-issued only in the overseas. In February 1998, a David Morales' remix of "Somebody Else's Guy", originally popularized by Jocelyn Brown and recorded for the album I'm Movin' On, became a surprising hit in Europe, where it reached No.#13 in the UK Top 75 (as her last entry to date in England), as well as in April No.#26 in Japan, after being picked to promote Peniston’s import greatest hits collection simply titled The Best Of. The black and white photographs for its booklet were done by Daniela Federici, whose art work was noticed already on I'm Movin' On release, and later also on album and single covers of other female recording artists, such as Céline Dion, Toni Braxton, or Pink.
    In February 1996, the Billboard posted information that singer was putting the finishing touches to her new studio album, I'm Movin' On, slated for its release in May.
    More Details Hide Details Judging from the magazine’s earlier preview of several cuts, the Billboard published that Peniston was about to explore more mature jeep-soul fare a la Faith Evans, and that she has never sounded so assured and convincingly soulful. Though, I'm Movin' On with a noticeably slimmed-down Peniston adorning its cover was not released until September, a similarly sleek sound marked its title single delivered to the radio stations on July 17, while hitting music stores one week later. "Movin' On", the song considered as the strongest track to reach core R&B listeners with potential across several genres, was produced by Dave "Jam" Hall, the hit maker behind Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover", whose earlier work included also the Madonna's Bedtime Stories album. The song cracked the Top 40 on the US R&B/Hip Hop at No.#29, but failed to show up in the UK chart, while scoring at weak No.#83 in the Hot 100.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    Good News in Hard Times (produced by Jennifer Cohen and Lois Walden) was released in August 1995 on Warner Bros, and the album brought Peniston an entry also in the Billboard Top Gospel Albums list, where it reached in October No.#29, remaining in the chart for 6 weeks.
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  • 1994
    Age 24
    At the end of the year Peniston was named the No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Artist, summarizing all her songs released in 1994 ("I'm Not Over You" #9, "Hit by Love" #24, and I'm in the Mood" #44).
    More Details Hide Details While A&M was listed as the sixth best dance label in the Billboard Year-End chart, Peniston was also rated as the 5th Top R&B Singles Female Artist (behind Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Aaliyah and Mariah Carey). In addition, a remix of "Keep Givin' Me Your Love" was popularized on the original motion picture soundtrack of the Prêt-à-Porter (Ready To Wear) film, and released in the U.S. after a one-year delay, scoring No. 4 in the US Dance charts in March 1995. "Keep Givin' Me Your Love" became Peniston's first song not to enter the Hot 100 chart (No.#101), possibly as the result of appearing as a B-side on her previous release, and sharing its sales with the single "Hit by Love". There's a whole other side, there's an R&B side, a jazz side that people haven't heard, and think that they'd be really surprised.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    In 1992, subsequent to the release of the debut album Finally, Peniston was briefly married to Malik Byrd, who co-wrote "Inside That I Cried" and appeared by her side also in its video.
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    By the end of the year, Peniston received several awards for her achievements in the music industry for 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Among them, one Billboard Music Award (as Best New Artist – Dance, the second went to the video director Claude Borenzweig), three ASCAP Awards (for Song of The Year, Most Performed Song of The Year, and Pop Songwriter of The Year), another three awards (as Best New Dance Artist, Best Dance Solo Artist, and for Best 12" Dance Record) at the Annual Winter Music Conference, and the BMI Urban Award of Achievement. The album itself was nominated on a Soul Train Music Award '93 in the Best R&B/Soul Album – Female category. Within a year, Peniston was back in the studios to record her sophomore release, and the particular challenge for the vocalist was to avoid getting pigeonholed into the dance genre. For that reason, several ballads were arranged to appear on the final set (in the front with "Forever In My Heart", produced by Brian McKnight), of which, however, none was chosen for a single release. This time around, Peniston co-authorized three of thirteen tracks ("Whatever It Is", "Give What I’m Givin" and "Maybe It's The Way", a ballad about her father), and along with Manny Lehman and Damon Jones, who later became Peniston's manager, she was also credited as an executive producer of her scheduled album release, Thought 'Ya Knew. Apart from others, also fellow Ohio-born singer Norma Jean Wright joined the session.
    In the UK, Peniston was listed as the 20th of Top Selling Singles Artists in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Additional songs taken from album Finally achieved the Top 40 status at least in the hip hop/R&B field. The grieving lyrics of her ballad "Inside That I Cried", co-written by Peniston's then-husband, Malik Byrd (who appeared also in its video), and produced in conjunction with Anita Baker's cohort, Steve Lindsey, peaked at No. 10 in the US R&B (No. 94 in the Hot 100 and No.#42 in UK Top 75). The fifth single, a midtempo, "Crazy Love", climbed to No. 31 (No. 97 in the Hot 100 and No.#44 in UK).
    Ultimately the song won two awards, and three of her singles released in 1992 were listed also within the Top 100 songs of the Billboard Year-End chart (at No.#20 with "Finally", at No.#61 with "Keep On Walkin'", and at No.#97 with "We Got a Love Thang").
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    By the end of 1992 her debut (in Europe re-released in 1997 with a bonus remix "Finally '97") sold over 540,000 in United States.
    More Details Hide Details "We Got a Love Thang", the second single (co-written by Chantay Savage), with a video clip in heavy rotation on TV music channels, went to No. 1 in the US Dance chart in February (No. 20 in the Hot 100), and in England (where "Finally" skipped to No. 2 eventually) "We Got a Love Thang" peaked at No. 6. Might the only controversial question regarding the title remain who had provided background vocals on the record? While on her album Finally Darnnel Rush was credited, on its single release, the name of Kym Sims (who was a co-writer of "Keep On Walkin'") appeared as one of back-up vocalists actually. With another hit record on the charts, Peniston began a year of touring clubs and small theaters in the USA in support of her album. Her travels started with a series of shows in the Philippines, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy, and after her return to the USA, Peniston continued with such R&B acts as Joe Public, the Cover Girls, R. Kelly and Levert.
    I gave her the chance, but I didn't give her a voice," the rapper insisted for Phoenix New Times in July 1992, and Peniston, interviewed by the same newspaper in the meantime, reacted by her own words. "I feel like anything's possible and I know one thing.
    More Details Hide Details If I wasn't at this spot, I still would be achieving to get to this spot." Ironically enough, Sallard eventually threw in a few back-up vocals for Peniston on a song with a significant title, "You Win, I Win, We Lose", while Peniston, who in return played an agent to get a record deal also for Malaika (whose album Sugar Time scored in 1993 two Top 5 hits on the US Dance chart, including the No.1 single "Gotta Know (Your Name)") mentioned the Pooch's name on her own debut album in addition, leaving Davis a note saying "thanks for letting me be a part of Female Preacher. Besides the Peniston's vocal performance on three tracks in total, of which "I Like It" was released as a single with a moderate success (at #16 in US Dance and #58 in UK Top 75 the following January), she was eventually given also a credit for co-writing two of those, "Kickin’ Da Blues" and the title's, "Female Preacher". But the Overweight Pooch’s album flopped on the market, and A&M was the first major label for Delgado himself, who was facing contractual disputes with the record company. After Manny Lehman (a DJ, then A&M Art Director and one of the executive producers of Female Preacher) also noticed the powerful voice of a still back-up vocalist, he offered Delgado a second chance, and commissioned him to produce a track for Peniston herself as a solo artist.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Her music career began in January 1991, when Felipe "DJ Wax Dawg" Delgado, her friend and a record producer based also in Phoenix, asked Peniston to record back-up vocals for Tonya Davis, a black female rapper known after her childhood nickname as Overweight Pooch.
    More Details Hide Details Davis, headed in a direction of a "new" Monie Love, was searching for a singer to add vocals to the title track of her album Female Preacher, which was to be released on A&M Records that summer. At a talent show she met a woman named Malaika LeRae Sallard, but when it came time to get Sallard into the studio, the rapper found she'd lost her future label-mate's number. When Delgado, who'd preferred Peniston instead, brought his favorite in to do background parts, the response from everyone was immediate, but did not move the Pooch to invite Peniston back for more vocals – unless she was successful in locating Sallard. Later on, as it became clear that Peniston was leaping from the Overweight Pooch's album to the top of the charts, rumor had it the Pooch was stewing over Peniston's using Female Preacher as her springboard. Tonya Davis, pregnant at the time of recording her album, swore she harbored no jealousy towards Peniston. "There's no jealousy, because she has a voice.
  • 1989
    Age 19
    She was crowned Miss Black Arizona in 1989 and Miss Galaxy in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Peniston began writing pop lyrics already at school. The words of her international hit "Finally" were purportedly penned during a chemistry class, while thinking about dating in college. That's what's so ironic about me putting out "Finally", because I was always the R&B person, the balladeer when I came in and did everything. Back then, there was a female rapper Pooch who was on A&M, and I was asked to do some background vocals. I came over, did the background vocals for her and the label heard it. They were like "We really like your flow, why don't you get your own single together?" Well at the time, I was writing poetry. So I took one of the poems, "Finally". I was thinking about dating in college, and how I hadn't found that Mr. Right. We went to the studio, finished it up, sent it off to the label and they loved it. And that's how everything got started.
  • 1987
    Age 17
    She attended Trevor G. Browne High School, class of 1987, in Phoenix, and landed a part in a local theater group’s production of Bubblin' Brown Sugar, (playing the young Sweet Georgia Brown).
    More Details Hide Details After earning her diploma, she continued to study liberal arts at the Phoenix College where she got involved in athletics, and entered beauty pageants.
  • 1969
    Born on September 6, 1969.
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