She sang. She rapped. She ended up on reality TV, but where is Jazzi P now? Are you shocked?
by Christopher Smith
Her name is Pauline Bennett (born 1964) but since 1984 she’s been known as ‘Jazzi P’, a singer and rapper, and a dance teacher! She’s been part of some successful collaborations in the late 1980’s and launched a solo career at the beginning of the 90’s but, perhaps, will always been remembered for her appearance on one record. And is that a bad thing?!
She began her career in 1984 with the dance group The Brutal Ladies playing in clubs, where she was spotted in 1988 by producer and DJ Les Adams aka L.A. Mix. She provided vocals on his 1989 single “Get Loose” which reached No.25 on the UK singles chart.
‘Jazzi P’ launched her solo career the following year and release the song “Feel The Rhythm” which stalled at No.51 in the UK. The song was later sampled by British duo Chris & James for their 1994 release “Calm Down (Bass Keeps Pumpin’)” which could only make No.74.
In early 1991 she rapped on producers/mixers DNA’s song “Rebel Woman”, which sampled David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel”. The song would reach No.42 in the UK. DNA had scored a massive hit the previous Summer when they had remixed Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” which made the top ten in over twenty countries globally.
That Spring DNA were invited to remix the track “Shocked” by Kylie Minogue that would become the fourth single from her glorious album “Rhythm Of Love“. With Kylie’s and Stock Aitken Waterman’s permission, they brought ‘Jazzi P’ in and added a rap into the middle eight of the song. “Shocked” had already been singled out by many critics as being one of the standout tracks on the album. At nearly five minutes in length, the album version was awash with electric guitars and confident, power vocals from Kylie. The track was given a heavier 90’s dance feel to it that would cross over to the clubs as well as gaining further critical acclaim for its execution.
“Shocked” was Kylie’s thirteenth single release and became her thirteenth consecutive UK top ten hit in May 1991 when it peaked at No.6. It reached No.7 in Australia and also reached the top ten in many other countries across Europe. Kylie performed the single on Top Of The Pops and ‘Jazzi P’ was there too…
And if you want to sing along with Jazzi, here are her words in all their glory:
“Shocked, like the lightning from up above
Down from the heavens and it gave me love
From a man who respects me
Loves my mind as well as my body
No retreat and no surrender
Equal to you regardless of gender
Giving me love that is warm and tender
That’s why I gotta tell ya
You and I are of the same mind
It seems to me that we’re one of a kind
It’s true to say that when love is blind
But then true love is so hard to find
You respect me and the things I do
It was meant to be
I was made for you
Open the door to my heart, it’s stopped
And I’m shocked.”
After “Shocked”, ‘Jazzi P’ bought herself out of her record contract and returned to teaching dance. She wouldn’t resurface again until 2014 when she participated in Channel 5’s reality show Big Brother. She became the second housemate to be evicted on day sixteen of the show with 79.4% of the public vote.
She has returned to the studio in Wolverhampton where she continues to teach dance, but no doubt still very aware of her place in Kylie history and the part she played in one of her best loved singles.
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