Des'ree

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Des'ree
Birth nameDesiree Annette Weeks
Born(1968-11-30) 30 November 1968 (age 43)
London, England England
GenresSoul, dance, R&B, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active1992– present
LabelsDusted Sound Records, Epic Records
 
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Des'ree
Birth nameDesiree Annette Weeks
Born(1968-11-30) 30 November 1968 (age 43)
London, England England
GenresSoul, dance, R&B, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active1992– present
LabelsDusted Sound Records, Epic Records

Des'ree (born Desirée Annette Weeks, 30 November 1968) is a British R&B recording artist who rose to popularity during the 1990s. She is well known for her hits: "Feel So High", "You Gotta Be", "Life", and "Kissing You" (from the soundtrack of the film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet). Des'ree has not released any new material since 2003's Dream Soldier. She currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Career

Des'ree was born in South London, England in 1968.[1][2] Her mother is from British Guiana (now Guyana), and her father is from Barbados. She was introduced to reggae, calypso and jazz music by her parents, and Des'ree's interest in pursuing a musical career followed a two year trip to Barbados with her family at the age of 11.

Des'ree has released five albums through Sony Music Worldwide; Mind Adventures, I Ain't Movin', Supernatural, Endangered Species and Dream Soldier.

Her first single, "Feel So High', (Mind Adventures) went top 10 in the UK and several other European countries, along with Japan.

In 1994, her single "You Gotta Be" hit the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5, peaking at #5, and was a hit in the UK three times. "You Gotta Be" became the most played music video on VH1 and remained on the Billboard recurrent airplay chart for 80 weeks.

Following the single's success, Des'ree's second album, I Ain't Movin' , sold in excess of 2.5 million copies worldwide. Her success led to an American tour with Seal in 1995. The following year, she contributed the song "Kissing You" to the soundtrack of the film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

In 1997, her single "Crazy Maze" was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Nothing to Lose with Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence.

In 1998, her single "Life" became a hit in Europe, reaching no1 in many countries, along with Japan. In 1999, she won a BRIT Award for the British Female Solo Artist category.[3]

Sony released Dream Soldier in 2003. The album released one single, "It's Okay". The video was shot in London's Notting Hill.

Des'ree has also performed various duets, including "Fire" with Babyface (part of the soundtrack for the independent film, Hav Plenty), "Plenty Lovin" with Steve Winwood and "Delicate" with Terence Trent D'Arby.

In 2012, her song "You Gotta Be" was used for the trailer for Tyler Perry's movie, Good Deeds.

Other work

In 1998, Des'ree's hit, "Feel So High" was interpolated into the Janet Jackson song "Got 'Til It's Gone" from Jackson's CD The Velvet Rope without due credit to Des'ree as a contributor. The album prompted a lawsuit. The maxi single, released in 2000, lists Des'ree and Michael Graves as one of the song's writers.[4]

In 2007, Des'ree filed suit against Beyoncé for her cover version of the Tim Atack/Des'ree penned song, "I'm Kissing You",[5] for the re-release of her album B'Day.[6]

Other duets include the Bill Withers' song, "Ain't No Sunshine", recorded by Ladysmith Black Mombazo, featuring, Des'ree. "Silent Hero", written by Des'ree and Prince Sampson, featured in Spike Lee's, Clockers. "Feel So High", written by Des'ree and Michael Graves, featured in Set It Off. "You Gotta Be", also featured in The Object Of My Affection.

Des'ree has won several awards, including a Brit Award, an Ivor Novello Award, World Music Award, Urban Music Award and a BMI award for over five million plays of "You Gotta Be" in America alone.

Between 1999 and 2003, Des'ree studied photography, ceramics and art at the Camberwell College of Arts.[7]

In 2007, BBC 6Music listeners rated her song "Life" as containing the worst lyrics in pop ("I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news").[8]

She continues songwriting and has performed for charities.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
UK
[9][10]
US
1992Mind Adventures26
1994I Ain't Movin'
  • Released: 5 July 1994
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MD, cassette, digital download
1327
1998Supernatural
  • Released: 11 August 1998
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MD, cassette, digital download
16185
2003Dream Soldier
  • Released: 31 March 2003
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
178

Compilation albums

TitleAlbum details
Mystic Mixes
  • Released: 4 August 1999
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD
Endangered Species
(B-sides and rare tracks)
  • Released: 23 October 2000
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles

SongYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[9]
AUS
[11]
ITA
[12]
SPA
[13][14]
US
[15]
"Feel So High"11991132867Mind Adventures
"Mind Adventures"199243
"Why Should I Love You"44
"You Gotta Be"19942095I Ain't Movin'
"I Ain't Movin'"44
"Little Child"69
"You Gotta Be" (remix)199514
"I'm Kissing You"199783217Supernatural
"Life"19988811
"Fire" (duet with Babyface)3
"What's Your Sign?"191
"God Only Knows" (Japan only)[16]1999
"You Gotta Be" (1999 mix)3101
"It's Okay"200369Dream Soldier
"Why?"[17]

Notes

As a featured artist

SongYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[9]
"Delicate" (Terence Trent D'Arby featuring Des'ree)199314Symphony or Damn
"Ain't No Sunshine" (Ladysmith Black Mambazo featuring Des'ree)199942

Vinyl records

Des'ree had British RPMs sold from 1991 to 1998.

References

  1. ^ Briton Hadden, Henry Robinson Luce (1995) Time, Volume 145, Issues 18-26 Time Inc., 1995
  2. ^ Billboard 13 Jun 1998 Billboard Magazine
  3. ^ "Des'ree takes bad lyric top spot". BBC. 4 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6626239.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  4. ^ Q Magazine, July 1998
  5. ^ Allmusic - discography section
  6. ^ Des'ree sues Beyonce over song (April 18, 2007) Metro.
  7. ^ Des'ree. Metro.co.uk (2009-10-27). Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
  8. ^ [1] news.bbc.co.uk 2007-05-04 Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  9. ^ a b c "DES'REE - Artist - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/des'ree/. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  10. ^ a b "Zobbel.de: Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Zobbel.de. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_D.HTM. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  11. ^ "Des'ree discography in Australian-charts". Australian Charts. ARIA Charts Hung Medien. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Des%27ree. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  12. ^ "Des'ree discography in italiancharts". Italian charts. Federation of the Italian Music Industry Hung Medien. http://italiancharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Des%27ree. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  13. ^ "Des'ree discography - Spain Charts". Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. http://spanishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Des%27ree. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  14. ^ "Whats Your Sign" peak
  15. ^ "Des'ree Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/des-ree/chart-history/19804. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  16. ^ "God Only Knows: Des'ree: Amazon.co.jp: Music". Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/switch-language/product/B00005631O/ref=dp_change_lang?ie=UTF8&language=en_JP. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  17. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 152. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  18. ^ Supernatural: Des'ree: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads
  19. ^ Desree: Supernatural: Includes You Gotta Be (1999): CD: hmv.com

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