@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2015
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Lisa Stansfield was born on April 11, 1966 in Heywood, Lancashire,
England, and is a singer and songwriter. Stansfield’s first
public performance was on a local television talent program in 1982.
By the time Stansfield was in her late teens, she co-hosted a children’s
television pop show, ‘Razzamatazz,’ which brought her
some national attention and fame. In 1984, Stansfield and former
school mates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed the band Blue Zone.
They wrote some songs, produced a demo, and took it around to record
labels. A small indie label, Rockin’ Horse Records signed
them in 1985 and one year later it was bought up by Arista Records.
The album “Big Thing” was released in 1987 outside the
UK to moderate success. Stansfield also picked up extra work singing
radio jingles, her radio work eventually lead to a record deal with
Arista Records in the early 1990s.
Stansfield was recognised for her R&B vocals and shot to international
stardom quickly with her most famous song, “All Around the
World” in 1989, off her debut album “Affection.”
1991 and 1992 saw Stansfield win the BRIT Award for Best British
female Solo Artist.
Stansfield's second offering, “Real Love,” spawned
four hit singles in the U.K, including “Change,” “All
Woman,” “Time to Make You Mine” and “Set
Your Loving Free.” Her third album, 1993’s “So
Natural,” spawned three more hit singles that brought her
to international stardom.
However, it was Stansfield's 1997 self-titled fourth album “Lisa
Stansfield” that gained the attention of U.S audiences, peaking
at #30 on the Billobard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and #55 on
the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
Her 2001 album “Face Up” charted but with less publicity
and featured the singles “Let's Just Call It Love” and
“8-3-1.” It found her experimenting with newer styles
of urban music such as U.K. garage while continuing with her established
Following the release of “Face Up,” a greatest hits
collection called “Biography” was released. A television
campaign and a tour propelled the album to #3 in the U.K. and it
has since gone platinum. Stansfield's six album deal with Arista/BMG
records had now been obliged, ending an 18 year association with
She then signed with ZTT Records for the United Kingdom, and her
first album for them was the 2004 release “The Moment.”
It featured the singles “Treat Me Like a Woman” and
“If I Hadn’t Got You” a song written by Chris
Braide with ex-Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford. The album found
her exploring more pop oriented sounds rather than just focusing