Warning! It’s Adeva! Respect her. Thank her.
Patricia Daniels isn’t perhaps the catchiest of names when it comes to being a big time singer, so Trish or Pat or however you prefer to be called, went into the music business as ‘Adeva’. Born in Paterson, NJ in 1960, Pat/Trish joined a local choir as a young girl and stretched her lungs and vocal chords there before being picked out as potential talen on her own. In the mid-80’s, she worked as a session singer and then backing vocalist before releasing her first single, “In And Out Of My Life”, in 1988. The song didn’t chart but it brought her to the attention of Cooltempo Records who wanted to develop her as a dance diva – a diva – Adeva.
She released a re-worked, hardly identifiable ‘cover’ of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” as her first for the label in January 1989, which made No.21 on the US dance chart but made more of an impact across Europe, particularly in the UK, where it peaked at No.17 on the singles chart. She teamed up with producer Paul Simpson for her next single, “Musical Freedom” (UK No.22), before going solo once more for “Warning!” in the Summer of 1989. This song made more of an impression back home where she reached No.4 on the dance chart whilst making a return to the UK top twenty at No.17 again. Adeva released her self-titled debut album in August which charted at No.6 and went on to receive a Platinum disc for sales of more than 300,000 copies.
Adeva was back at No.17 for the third time in 1989 with “I Thank You” while the fifth and sixth singles to be released from the album at the end of the year and into 1990 did not chart. Adeva paired up with another chart act from 1989, Monie Love, that year when they recorded “Ring My Bell” and took it to No.8 in Switzerland and No.20 in the UK. The song came just as Adeva was finishing work on her second album and released the single “It Should’ve Been Me” in 1991. This time she topped the US dance chart on her third attempt although the song fell short of the UK top 40, where she had been blessed with so much success two years earlier. She did make a return, however, with the next single, “Don’t Let It Show On Your Face” (UK No.34) that same year as she released the album, “Love Or Lust?”, which featured a cover of Floy Joy’s 1984 single, “Until You Come Back To Me” (UK No.48).
Adeva released a best of in 1992 which featured a new mix of “Respect” while 1996 brought a new remix of “I Thank You”. The mid-90’s saw Adeva return to club land and enjoy a particularly successful partnership with DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014) which produced three consecutive US dance chart hits, “Walkin'”, “Whadda U Want (From Me)” and “Too Many Fish”, which topped the chart. The latter two also reached the UK singles chart top 40. With this new success, Adeva went back into the studio for herself and released her third album, “New Direction”, in 1997, which featured the double A side “Where Is the Love?/The Way That You Feel” and “Don’t Think About It”, although these were not as successful as her earlier recordings with Knuckles.
Adeva generally dropped out of sight at the end of the decade although she returned briefly in 2003 offering guest vocals on “In & Out” for Radikal Noiz and “Wish I Never Knew” in 2004 for Slippery People. Adeva pretty much retired from recording at this point and rarely has been seen performing. She came out of hiding in 2020 when she gave an online synopsis of her career and also cited the reasons why she has generally been seen very little. It’s well worth a look…
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