Sylvia Sylvia
Sylvia Sylvia
Sylvia Jane Kirby is an American country music and country pop singer and songwriter. More commonly known by the singular name Sylvia, she enjoyed crossover music success with the song "Nobody" in 1982. Sylvia is best known for her hit "Nobody", which reached #15 Pop and #1 Country in 1982.
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Sylvia has announced her first album in 13 years will be released around June 2016.
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  • 2015
    As of 2015 she is dating country singer-songwriter Bobby Tomberlin.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    In 2002 Sylvia also released A Cradle in Bethlehem, her first Christmas album.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2002, Sylvia has been a life coach where she helps individuals working in the music industry – singers, songwriters, musicians, recording artists, and music industry professionals. She also coaches people who work at non-profit agencies. She was formerly married with the name Sylvia Hutton and lives in the Nashville, Tennessee, area.
    In 2002, she followed with Where in the World, which marked the culmination of an 11-year musical collaboration with John Mock.
    More Details Hide Details Another shaping force is songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who penned four of the eleven songs, including the title cut. Craig has recorded, co-written and performed with Sylvia since 1984.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Sylvia continued to record for RCA until the end of 1987, charting 11 Top Ten and No. 1 songs, and sold more than four million records.
    More Details Hide Details The release of her fourth album, Surprise, marked her second foray into the Adult Contemporary charts, but neither its sound, nor her new, shorn locks courtesy Francesco Scavullo, were well received in country music. All four of Sylvia's first albums were produced by Tom Collins, who also produced Mandrell, Charley Pride, and Ronnie Milsap. They have been described by critics as too slick for country music. Her following album, One Step Closer, produced by The Judds' producer Brent Maher, had a slightly more "earthy" feel to it and was more acoustic as opposed to her previous slick countrified pop oriented music. Sylvia's final top 40 country hit was "Nothin' Ventured, Nothin' Gained", from the unreleased album Knockin Around. The shelving of this album marked the end of Sylvia's tenure with RCA Records. The label did release a Greatest Hits compilation and a single from it titled "Straight from my Heart". The record received no promotion from RCA and the single charted in the low 60s. In the late 1980s, RCA began streamlining its roster of country-pop artists and the casualties included Sylvia, Dolly Parton, Louise Mandrell, Deborah Allen, Juice Newton, John Denver and Kenny Rogers.
  • 1986
    By 1986 though, Sylvia's chart success was fading as more traditionally styled country singers, such as Randy Travis, dominated the charts.
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  • 1983
    In 1983 Sylvia's album Snapshot was released; its title song climbed to No. 5 on the Country charts and became her second-highest selling single release.
    More Details Hide Details She had two other songs in the Top 20 that year, "I Never Quite Got Back" and "The Boy Gets Around" (which she described in the notes of her 1998 anthology album as being "pretty forgettable"). In 1985, the momentum continued with such smash hits as "Fallin' in Love", "Cry Just a Little Bit", and "I Love You by Heart" (a duet with Michael Johnson).
  • 1982
    In 1982, Sylvia was the Academy of Country Music's "Female Vocalist of the Year" and a Grammy nominee for "Best Female Vocalist".
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    "Nobody" and the album Just Sylvia were certified gold in the United States and Canada. "Nobody" was the 1982 BMI Song of the Year, awarded for receiving more radio airplay than any other single that year.
    More Details Hide Details Sylvia's bouncy and youthful style made her popular among teenagers, making her a teen idol briefly, which foreshadowed the female pop teen idols of the late 1980s, such as Debbie Gibson and Tiffany.
    In 1982, from her Just Sylvia studio album, the singer released the single "Nobody", which reached No. 1 on the country music charts, hit No. 15 on Billboards Hot 100 chart, and sold more than a million copies.
    More Details Hide Details The song was also an Adult Contemporary hit, making the Top 5. "Nobody" became Sylvia's signature song and made her a success on both the Country and Pop music charts, which was what many of her contemporaries, such as Barbara Mandrell, Juice Newton, Dolly Parton, Anne Murray, Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers were doing at the time.
  • 1981
    Drifter was the title of her 1981 RCA debut studio album.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained several top-ten songs, including "Tumbleweed" and "Heart On The Mend". Some critics called its sound "prairie disco."
    In 1981 her song "Drifter" hit No. 1 on the country charts, and two other songs, "The Matador" and "Heart on the Mend" landed in the Top 10. "The Matador" was country music's first conceptual music video to air on CMT.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In 1980 she released another single, "It Don't Hurt to Dream".
    More Details Hide Details The record was slightly more successful than the previous title, going to No. 35. That same year, she finally made it to the Top 10 with "Tumbleweed".
  • 1979
    After auditioning for Dave & Sugar, Sylvia was signed as a solo artist by RCA Records in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Her first RCA single was called "You Don't Miss a Thing". The song reached the Country Top 40, which got her name noticed.
  • 1976
    Sylvia was born in Kokomo, Indiana. She began performing at age three when she was asked to sing at a small local church. This set Sylvia on a course that eventually led her to Nashville on December 26, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details With a burning desire to become a recording artist like her idols Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, Sylvia packed her bags and a demo tape and headed for Music City, where she ultimately landed a job as a secretary for producer/publisher Tom Collins, who produced records for both Barbara Mandrell and Ronnie Milsap.
  • OTHER
  • 1956
    Born on December 9, 1956.
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