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Lillie McCloud

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Lillie Arlene Nicole Jade McCloud (born December 7, 1958 in Rochester, New York), commonly known by her former stage name Nicole McCloud, or Nicole J. McCloud is an American dance and R&B singer. She has recorded four studio albums, What About Me (1986), Jam Packed (1988) (aka Rock the House), Love Town (1998), and So What? (2002). Her single “Don’t You Want My Love” became an international hit. Other US singles include “Runnin’ Away” and “Search’n”. In the late 1990s, she was also part of a house music project Voices of Freedom.

McCloud first appeared on the Billboard US R&B charts as “Nicole” in 1985 with “Always and Forever”. Her single “Don’t You Want My Love” in 1986 reached Top 10 in the US Dance charts, in addition to charting in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Ten of McCloud’s singles landed the US Billboard specialized R&B and dance charts. As of 2013, her biggest hit has been the 1994 single “Runnin’ Away”, which peaked at No. 3 on US Dance charts. In 2002 as Nicole J. McCloud, McCloud returned to the Top 10 with “Search’n”, peaking at No. 5 on the US Dance charts. That same year she received a nomination for the International Dance Music Awards, along Craig David and Shakira. She has recorded hits with Timmy Thomas, U.S.U.R.A. and The Source and has performed with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the group Kool & The Gang, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and other artists.

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