Sing: “D-d-d-d-d-d d-d-d-d-d-d d d d-d-d-d-d-d d d d…I love your smile”!

by Christopher Smith

Yes, you remember it well! “I Love Your Smile” a global chart hit in late 1991-early 1992 from 18 year old singer Shanice (Wilson). It topped the US R’n’B chart and made No.2 on the singles chart there and in the UK and became one of the biggest sellers of the year. Shanice made her debut in TV in seven years earlier in 1984 as a regular in the children’s show Kids Incorporated and having sang lots on the show, she won a recording deal with A&M Records releasing her debut single “(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance” in 1987. The song reached No.50 on the US singles chart and No.6 on the R’n’B chart and began a chart career that would stretch for the next ten years.

Her debut album “Discovery” wasn’t particularly successful nor were the follow up singles “No.1/2 Steppin'”, “The Way You Love Me” and “I’ll Bet She’s Got A Boyfriend”, although “No.1/2 Steppin'” equalled her debut when it made No.6 on the R’n’B chart. Shanice returned in late 1991 with her second studio album “Inner Child” and the lead single “I Love Your Smile”. Its instantly catchy and pleasing tune soon found a global audience when it reached the higher part of the singles charts in twenty five countries. Hardly surprising perhaps as the song had been co-written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, the man responsible for such classics as “How Will I Know?”, “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” and many others.

“Inner Child” did better outside America where it peaked at No.83, although it did gain a Gold certification for sales of 500,000 copies. Of the follow up singles “I’m Cryin'” and “Lovin’ You”, only “Silent Prayer”, a duet with Vince Gill, charted, making No.31 in the US. 1992 did produced two big non-album hits with “Don’t Wanna Love You” from the film ‘Bommerang’ (US No.58) and “Saving Forever For You” from the hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210 which made No.4 in the US as well as charting in Australia, Germany and Canada, although it just missed the UK top 40, stalling at No.41.

Shanice returned to the movies in 1994 with the song “It’s For You” from ‘The Meteor Man’ soundtrack and then spent the rest of the year recording for her third studio album. Released in 1994, “21 Ways To Grow” nearly missed the US album chart as did the singles “Somewhere”, “Turn Down The Lights”, “I Like” and “I Wish”. She duetted with Jon “Just Another Day” Secada in 1995 on “If I Never Knew You” for the film ‘Pocahontas’, which reached No.108 on the Billboard singles chart. The films main theme “Colors Of The Wind” had been sung by Vanessa Williams and reached No.4 the same month.

Shanice performed backing vocals on Toni Braxton’s enormous 1996 hit “Unbreak My Heart”, written by Diane Warren and soon after returned to the recording studio herself, releasing her self-titled fourth studio album in 1999. The lead single “When I Close My Eyes” would peak at No.12 on the singles chart and No.4 on the R’n’B chart, her best chart showing Stateside for seven years. The album also fared much better peaking at No.56 and equalling “Inner Child” with a Gold certification for sales of 500,000 copies. Two further singles “Yesterday” and “You Need A Man” were also released.

Shanice has continued to have R’n’B chart success into the twenty first century with “Every Woman Dreams” in 2005, the title track of her fifth studio album, “Take Care Of U” in 2006 and “Tomorrow” in 2009 as well as releasing a number of one-off tracks since then. Just a few days ago (14th June 2019), Shanice released a brand new single “He Won’t”, her first for three years and now aged 45 and looking radiantly stunning, perhaps ready for a big return as so many artists have recently accomplished…!

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Written by Christopher Smith

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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