Karyn White


She said she wasn’t your “Superwoman” but then promised a non-stop “Secret Rendezvous”, so where did you go Karyn White?

At the end of the 1980’s-beginning of the 90’s, LA born singer Karyn White achieved four US top ten hits including a number one, a Platinum certified and a Gold certified album as well as achieving four chart toppers on the US R&B chart. But after three studio albums, by the mid-90’s Karyn had fallen by the wayside. Or had she…

Karyn began her career as a vocalist aged 20 for American composer Jeff Lorber on his 1986 album “Private Passion”. Three singles were released which included “Facts Of Love” that reached No.27 on the singles chart and No.9 on the dance chart. Warner Bros. were so impressed with Karyn they offered her a contract and work began on her own debut album. Her debut single “The Way You Love Me” was released in August 1988 and made it to No.7 on the singles chart, No.5 on the dance chart and No.1 on the R&B chart. It became a minor hit elsewhere reaching No.22 in The Netherlands and No.42 in the UK.

Her self-titled debut album came the following month and would peak at No.19 and No.1 on the R&B album chart, eventually selling over a million copies Stateside. Her second single, released just before Christmas, “Superwoman”, would reach No.8 as well as topping the R&B chart. A third single “Love Saw It”, a duet with producer Babyface, gave her a third R&B chart topper in early 1989. Until now her success had been confined to her home country, but in the Summer of 1989 Karyn and Warner’s sought to promote her name internationally and in June Karyn appeared on the UK singles chart with “Superwoman”, which took a long, slow climb up to No.11, spending a total of ten weeks on the singles chart there.

The funky “Secret Rendezvous” gave Karyn her biggest hit yet when it reached No.6 on the US singles chart and topped the dance chart, eventually reaching No.22 in the UK and No.14 in Canada. She achieved a fifth R&B chart entry with “Slow Down” later in 1989 at the same time “The Way You Love Me” was re-released in the UK, this time only managing No.82. “Karyn White” would peak at No.20 in the UK and be certified Gold for sales of over 100,000 copies there.

After a break, Karyn returned in 1991 with her second album “Ritual Of Love” which was lead by the single “Romantic” and gave Karyn a US chart topper as well as her fourth R&B chart No.1. The song performed less well elsewhere with a top twenty placing in Canada and a high of No.23 in the UK. “Ritual Of Love” would receive a Gold certification in America for sales of 500,000 copies and peak at No.31 in the UK. The album was, however, more successful in Japan. Three further singles were released including “The Way I Feel About You” (US No.12, UK No.65), “Walking The Dog” and “Do Unto Me”, both of which failed to chart.

Karyn released her third album “Make Him Do Right” in 1994 which included the singles “Hungah” (US No.78, UK No.69), “Can I Stay With You?” and “I’d Rather Be Alone”. After a greatest hits “Sweet And Sensual” in 1995, Karyn semi retired to focus on her family. She returned in 2006 with the prospect of a new album “Sista Sista” but this was aborted half way through. Two tracks did, however, appear on a second greatest hits album in 2007. Finally, after a number of false starts, Karyn released “Carpe Diem” in 2012, eighteen years after “Make Him Do Right”. The album included leftover tracks from the 2006 album including the title track which was released as a single along with “Unbreakable”.

After another break, this time to appear in the US TV series Beauty And The Baller, Karyn recorded the track “Blind Man Walking” for the 2017 film ‘Gale And The Storm’ and in 2018 released a brand new single “Lame Excuses”. Let’s hope more new songs and an album will follow very soon…!

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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!