Friday, August 6, 2010

Flashback Friday: Karyn White

In terms of 80's vocalists Karyn White is definitely underrated. I think she was lost in a sea of female vocalists in the 80's that included Pebbles, Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson, Jody Watley, Sade and many more.

Interesting fact: Karyn was married (in 1992) to music producer Terry Lewis of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis fame. Jimmy and Terry produced most of Janet Jackson's best work as well as tons of other hit songs in the 80's and 90's. Karyn and Terry are now divorced.

Karyn now lives near Sacramento, California where she is a real estate agent and runs an interior design company. She's 44 years old.

Karyn's work on Facts of Love with Jeff Lorber led to her being signed by Warner Music. Her song Love Saw It with Babyface is an 80's classic.






10 comments:

Jason said...

This is on point. Karyn White is forthcoming in my Before Beyonce series.

My favorite album of Karyn's is her last album actually "Make Em Do Right" that record was tragically overlooked. And the song "Superwoman" is a classic!

Good Post Val.

brohammas said...

Good to look back, especially since I was too busy listening to Depeche Mode and the Dead Milkmen back in her day.

uglyblackjohn said...

Awww brohammas...
It was possible to listen to Depeche, The Cure, Oingo Boingo AND Karyn White too.

I didn't know she married Terry Lewis.
One of my boy's from home has a sister who is married to Jimmy Jam.
I used to get autographed hats, t-shirts and albums from Mr. Jam.
(My boy's other sister is married to Kevin Garnet.)

Val said...

@Jason

You're right about her last album being overlooked, I've never even heard of it. But on your recommendation I'll check it out.

Val said...

@brohammas

Personal Jesus is in rotation on my ipod playlist. And speaking of Depeche Mode, Check out this blog:

http://www.losangelista.com/

The blog owner, Liz, is a huge Depeche Mode fan.

Val said...

@UBJ

Wow, you are well connected.

Daij said...

that you like karyn white makes me smile. No one ever mentions her. I have always loved her. My favorite songs from her are 'the way you love me', 'romantic', 'beside you,' and a few others, but those 3 popped in my head. I listened to her along with all those you mentioned as well.

Val said...

@Daij

Yeah a lot of people don't know anything about, or have forgotten, Karyn. That's a shame.

uglyblackjohn said...

No... not at all.
I just grew up in Southern, California at a time when everyone just hung out together before they "made it".
The people we'd meet, party and play poker with were just people we'd meet, party and play poker with.
It was funny to watch Sportscenter or MTv with someone who was watching themself on TV.

(I thought you'd be more surprised that I knew of Depeche, The Cure or Oingo Boingo.)

Val said...

@UBJ

"(I thought you'd be more surprised that I knew of Depeche, The Cure or Oingo Boingo.)"

Well I might be surprised you know of The Cure maybe but not Depeche Mode or Oingo Boingo. Lol.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

Miss Keri Baby!

Tracee!

Solange!

Solange!
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un·for·get·ta·ble: Earning a permanent place in the memory; memorable: an unforgettable experience.

Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
Mitrice Richardson