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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Jennifer Paige

Did we have a crush on Jennifer Paige after all? It didn’t last if we did. And where is she now?

by Mark Keen

Jennifer Paige (born in 1973) is probably best known to most people for her great debut single in 1998, the breezy “Crush”. There are some other gems in her discography and whilst her career has never reached the same peaks, I still love the line “it’s just a little crush, not like I faint every time we touch”. Jennifer has recently made a critically acclaimed return to form.

“Crush” hit the top ten across the world including the US and the UK, and no doubt even greater things were expected of Jennifer, but it was not to be. The debut album “Jennifer Paige” did nevertheless include a couple of other decent singles, including “Always You” and “Sober”, a favourite of mine (when I don’t have a vodka and lemonade in my hand).

It would be another couple of years before Jennifer would return, although unfortunately she failed to make any impact on the charts, but Italy was kinder to her. Perhaps performing for the Pope helped? The release of the album in the US in the week of the 9/11 attacks seemed to kill its chances of success. One of the singles off her second album “Positively Somewhere” was a particular gem. Check out “Stranded”.

A further single was released from the album with little success, “These days”. A premature greatest hits would appear in 2003 clumsily entitled “Flowers: The Jennifer Paige Hits Collection” and this was a parting of the ways with her record label. An album with an indie record label would follow in 2008 entitled “Best Kept Secret’, but it remained just that. Perhaps the titles of the singles summed up how Jennifer felt: “Wasted” written by Chesney Hawkes and “Underestimated”. Jennifer also experienced some terrible tragedies losing both parents in the matter of months.

A rerelease of the album would follow with the inclusion of a duet with Nick ‘Backstreet Boys’ Carter entitled “Beautiful Lie” which was a top 20 hit in Germany. Jennifer went on to work as a duo named Palermo and Paige releasing a couple of EPS in 2012 and 2013. A Christmas album would also appear in 2012 entitled “Holiday”.

Finally as a result of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign her most recent album “Sunflower” was finally released in 2017 with Billboard did recognise it as one of the best pop albums of 2017, granted this was in May 2017 half way through the year, but still a worthwhile bit of attention. Billboard described it as ‘absolutely fantastic’ so maybe we need to check it out.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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