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Lisa Stansfield

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England (1989 – present)

Lisa Jane Stansfield (born April 11, 1966 in Heywood, Lancashire, England) is a Grammy Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning English R&B, Soul, House, and Pop singer-songwriter and actress. Lisa has sold an estimated 20 million records worldwide.
Once the frontwoman of UK band Blue Zone, which saw modest success with their single “Jackie”, she became a major international star beginning with her guest vocal stint on Coldcut’s record People Hold On.

Stansfield is probably best known for her first UK #1 single, All Around the World (1989), which also peaked at #3 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the following year. Other worldwide hits from her debut solo album Affection include This Is the Right Time (featuring a house music-styled production by Coldcut with Mark Saunders), Live Together, What Did I Do to You? and You Can’t Deny It. “All Around the World” was the second song by a white female soloist to hit #1 on the Billboard R&B chart (the first being “Ooo La La La” by Teena Marie in 1988). “You Can’t Deny It” also topped that chart. Affection went platinum in the U.S., and sold a total of five million copies worldwide.

In 1990, Stansfield was among a handful of high-profile artists to participate in the Red Hot + Blue charity album, which honored the songwriting career of Cole Porter, and benefitted AIDS research at a time when funding from government agencies was insufficient for those in need. She was given the chance to show her swing and jazz chops on the song “Down in the Depths” (video), which was one of a few throwback renditions to appear on the album.

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