A quarter of a century ago, singer Dionne Farris knew what you were doing, but do you know what she is doing now?
Dionne Farris began her career as a backing singer before joining the group Arrested Development for their 1992 hit “Tennessee”, but not wanting to join the band permanently, she embarked upon a solo career and after being signed to Columbia Records, she delivered her debut and best known song “I Know” in 1994.
It was the first track to be lifted from her debut album “Wild Seed – Wild Flower” released at the end of 1994, and although the album only managed No.57 chart placing in the US, “I Know” was embraced by a much large audience when it reached No.4 in March 1995. It topped the Mainstream Top 40 in America as well as the Canadian singles chart and reached the top ten in New Zealand. Despite widespread radio play, “I Know” stalled at No.41 in the UK.
Three further singles were taken from the album, “Don’t Ever Touch Me Again”, “Passion” and “Food for Thought”, but none made and impact, even in her home country. That same year, Farris recorded her version of Billy Taylor’s 1967 hit “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” for the film ‘The Promised Land’. She continued this trend by recording Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” for the film ‘The Truth About Cats and Dogs’ in 1996 and Bill Withers “Heartbreak Road” for ‘The First Wives Club’ soundtrack in 1997.
Her second album for Columbia was “For Truth If Not Love” in 1997 but before the album was completed, Farris left the label. It was released independently ten years later in 2007. She also released the albums “Signs Of Life” in 2011 and “Dionne Get Your Gun” in 2013.
She is embarking on a 25th anniversary tour this year to celebrate the “Wild Seed – Wild Flower” album.