Helen Rogers

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Helen Rogers (born in 1962) is a British singer/songwriter. She began singing in 1978 with One Stop Music, an independent South London label specialising in reggae music. After joining Brit funk band Direct Drive as lead vocalist in 1982, Rogers (along with bandmates Pete Quinton, Robert Williams, Mick Ward and Mick Hammond) entered the Black Echoes Top 20 with "In The Middle of Spring" and "Pass The Paper" respectively.

In December 1984 the band released "Anything?" which reached #1 in the UK Black Echoes chart, remaining there for six weeks, and crossed over to the UK Singles Chart peaking at #67. This occurred after the band had signed to Polydor Records. Direct Drive then released "A.B.C. (Falling in Love's Not Easy)" which also charted peaking at #75 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Rogers continued to record with Pete Quinton, and provided vocals on two of his songs "Half Chances" and "Shifting Sands", which featured in the 1987 film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. She also sang with funk band 7th Heaven, and provided vocals on Rory Bremner's spoof cricket version of Paul Hardcastle's "19" ("N-N-Nineteen Not Out" - UK #13).[2] Rogers in addition providing backing vocals to Hardcastle's remix of Third World's "Now That We Found Love", and his version of Junior Walker's "Walk In The Night".

From 1989-90 Rogers worked in the recording studio and undertook some gigs with Lee Fardon and his band. From 1992 onwards Rogers co-wrote and sang lead and backing vocals on Paul Hardcastle's project The Jazzmasters, which resulted in multiple number one hits in Japan and the US. She also wrote and recorded some tracks for Hardcastle's simultaneous eponymous project. The Jazzmasters recorded five albums plus various compilation albums of hits e.g. "The Smooth Cuts" featuring Helen Rogers.

Returning to her Lovers rock beginnings in 2003, Rogers recorded an album of reggae covers of 1970s pop hits with Black Steel. The duo had previously released a reggae version of "Tracks of My Tears" in 1988, which had reached the Top 10 in Jamaica.

In 2008, Rogers released an EP of songs co-written with guitarist Tony Qunta, entitled "Eyes Like Midnight", which was a departure in style and featured violin and cello played by Qunta.

In 2011 she is writing and recording a solo Lovers Rock album with renowned producer Lindel Lewis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 157. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 116. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.