Lisa Lisa

 

Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez, January 15, 1966) and her band Cult Jam are an American urban contemporary band and one of the first freestyle music groups to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. Cult Jam consisted of guitarist/bassist Alex "Spanador" Moseley, and drummer/keyboardist Mike Hughes. They were assembled and produced by Full Force.

History

Velez is of Puerto Rican descent and grew up in New York City and attended Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, NY. According to Spin Magazine, she was born in 1967 in Hell's Kitchen, NYC as the youngest of 10 to a mother who supported the family by babysitting and an absentee father. She learned to speak Spanish at home and English in school. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam was formed after Velez auditioned with Full Force, a production team from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, at the age for 14. The group released their debut album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force in 1985. She was signed by Columbia Records and the label released their single "I Wonder If I Take You Home" to the European division of CBS Records for the compilation album Breakdancing. Stateside club DJs began playing the single from the import LP, and thus the U.S. division of CBS, Columbia Records, released the record. It quickly became a chart-topper on Billboard's Hot Dance/Disco chart. It then crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at #6, and then to the pop chart, peaking at #34 in summer 1985. The single eventually went gold.

"I Wonder If I Take You Home" was followed by another club hit, "Can You Feel the Beat", which also went to #40 on the R&B chart in late 1985. A sampling of the lyrics of this song would later be used by Nina Sky for their hit single "Move Ya Body" in 2004. Their third single, the ballad "All Cried Out", also went gold, going to number #3 R&B and #8 pop in summer 1986. "All Cried Out" was later covered by Allure in 1997 and was a hit in 1998. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force went platinum.

Their second album, Spanish Fly, was a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion", both of which went gold and both of which sported a retro Motown flavor mixed with the Freestyle sound they were known for. "Head to Toe" also parked at #1 R&B for two weeks and stayed in the pop top 5 nearly three months.

Lost In Emotion's video went on to become the 4th most played video of 1987 on MTV. Spanish Fly went platinum, peaking at #7 on the album chart. Other singles from the album were the ballad "Someone to Love Me for Me" b/w "Spanish Fly" (#7 R&B), "Everything Will B-Fine" (#9 R&B).

In between albums they recorded "Go For Yours," which was featured in the movie Caddyshack II and is found on its soundtrack exclusively.

1989's Straight to the Sky was a moderate hit that included the Top 30 pop/#3 R&B single, "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star", as well as the club hit "Just Git It Together". Two decades later, their hit song would inspire the name of the group Little Jackie.

Their fourth and final album, Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen, was less of a commercial success, though it did include a hit with "Let the Beat Hit 'Em", which reached the pop Top 40 and was a #1 hit on both the R&B and club charts. The group disbanded in 1991. Velez pursued both solo and acting careers, and Moseley and Hughes went on to do other projects.

Lisa Lisa released a solo album called LL77 in 1994, which included the moderate club hit "When I Fell In Love" (which was remixed by Junior Vasquez) and the notable single "Skip To My Lu", which hit #38 on the R&B chart. She resurfaced circa 2001 on the Nickelodeon series Taina, in which she played the title character's mother.

On June 24, 2008, Lisa Lisa presented an award at the BET Awards sparking interest that she may be plotting a comeback.

In 2009, Lisa Lisa released Life 'n Love, a full-length album of new material on Mass Appeal Entertainment featuring the single "Can't Wait" with guest rapper Pitbull. The album also features a cover version of the song "Stand" which was originally performed by Taylor Dayne on her 1998 album "Naked without You." The song "Que Locura" was also released as an iTunes single.

Discography

Studio albums

  • A Album credited to Lisa Lisa.

Compilation albums

  • Head to Toe (1995, Sony Music)
  • Lisa Lisa and Friends (1995, Sony Music)
  • Past, Present & Future (1996, Thump)
  • Super Hits (1997, Sony Music)
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (2010, Columbia/Legacy)

Singles

  • B Single credited to Lisa Lisa.

See also

  • List of number-one hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
  • List of number-one dance hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart

References

External links

  • Lisa Lisa at AllMusic
  • Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam on Internet Movie Database
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Head to Toe 1

Head to Toe

I Wonder If I Take You Home 2

I Wonder If I Take You Home

Let the Beat Hit 'em 3

Let the Beat Hit 'em

Lost In Emotion 4

Lost In Emotion

All Cried Out 5

All Cried Out

Can You Feel the Beat 6

Can You Feel the Beat

Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star 7

Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star

Let the Beat Hit Em 8

Let the Beat Hit Em

Something 'Bout Love 9

Something 'Bout Love

Someone to Love Me for Me 10

Someone to Love Me for Me

Top Albums

Super Hits
Super Hits
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Spanish Fly
Spanish Fly
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Playlist: The Very Best Of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Playlist: The Very Best Of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
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