Lisa Jane Stansfield (born 11 April 1966) is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, along with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, formed Blue Zone in 1986. The band released several singles and one album, but after the success of Coldcut’s “People Hold On” in 1989, on which Stansfield was featured, the focus was placed on her solo career.
Stansfield’s first solo album Affection (1989) and its worldwide chart-topping lead single “All Around the World” were major breakthroughs in her career. She was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and Affection is her best-selling album to date. In the following years, Stansfield released Real Love (1991), So Natural (1993), and Lisa Stansfield (1997). In 1999 she appeared in her first film, Swing, and also recorded the soundtrack for it. Her next albums included Face Up (2001), Biography: The Greatest Hits (2003), and The Moment (2004). Thereafter, Stansfield took a break from music and focused on her film career. In 2008, she starred in The Edge of Love and in 2014 she appeared in Northern Soul.
Stansfield released her seventh album Seven on 31 January 2014. Its lead single “Can’t Dance” was digitally released on 16 October 2013. She promoted the album with the European Seven Tour in 2013 and 2014. Her most recent album Deeper was released on 6 April 2018. In June 2018, following a string of sold-out tour dates in Europe, Stansfield announced her North American Tour, which began in October 2018.
Stansfield has won numerous awards, including three Brit Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, a Billboard Music Award, World Music Award, ASCAP Award, Women’s World Award, Silver Clef Award and two DMC Awards. She has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including five million of Affection. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 46th-most-successful dance artist of all time.
Affection is the debut solo album by British singer Lisa Stansfield, released by Arista Records on 20 November 1989. Stansfield co-wrote all songs with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. Devaney and Morris also produced the album, except for “This Is the Right Time” which was produced by Coldcut. Affection received critical acclaim from music critics and was commercially successful. It reached top ten on the charts in many countries and has sold over five million copies worldwide. The album spawned a hit song, “All Around the World”, and four other successful singles: “This Is the Right Time”, “Live Together”, “What Did I Do to You?” and “You Can’t Deny It”. Affection was rereleased as a deluxe 2CD + DVD set in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2014 and in Europe on 21 November 2014.
In March 1989, Stansfield was featured on Coldcut’s song “People Hold On” which she co-wrote. The single became a top forty hit in Europe, reaching number eleven in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at number six on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs. On the strength of this hit, Arista Records signed Stansfield as a solo artist, with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris from their band Blue Zone as her composers, musicians and producers. Coldcut returned the favour by producing Stansfield’s next record “This Is the Right Time”.
The whole album was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. All songs were produced by Devaney and Morris, except “This Is the Right Time” produced by Coldcut. At first, Affection was released in Europe on 20 November 1989. It included thirteen songs on the CD and cassette editions of the album and ten songs on the LP version (without “Affection”, “Wake Up Baby” and “The Way You Want It”). On 20 February 1990, the album was issued in North America with noticeably refined mixes of several of the songs and different sequence of the tracks. In 2003, Affection was remastered and re-released as limited edition digipak with four bonus songs: “People Hold On”, “My Apple Heart”, “Lay Me Down” and “Something’s Happenin'”. The last three tracks were originally included on the European single, “What Did I Do to You?”. In North America, “Lay Me Down” and “Something’s Happenin'” were featured on the “You Can’t Deny It” single and “My Apple Heart” became “This Is the Right Time” B-side.
Affection was remastered and expanded, and was re-released as a deluxe 2CD + DVD set in November 2014. It was expanded to feature rare tracks and 12″ mixes plus videos, live footage and a specially recorded interview with Stansfield. The twenty-eight-page booklet features photos, memorabilia, lyrics and brand new sleeve notes. The set was issued in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2014 and in Europe on 21 November 2014. It was also released as a part of The Collection 1989–2003 at the same time. The 2014 reissue of Affection includes previously unreleased track, “The Love in Me” (Extended Version). Issued at the same time, People Hold On … The Remix Anthology features the following previously unreleased remixes of songs from Affection: “All Around the World” (Attack Mix), “What Did I Do to You?” (Red Zone Mix) and “The Love in Me” (12″ Remix).
“This Is the Right Time” was released as the first single in Europe on 31 July 1989 and peaked at number thirteen in the United Kingdom, number seventeen in Germany and number twenty in Austria. One year later on 30 July 1990, it was issued as the third North American single, reaching number twelve in Canada and number twenty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100. “This Is the Right Time” also peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and number thirteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second European single, “All Around the World” was released on 16 October 1989. It became a hit reaching number one in the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Spain, and peaking inside top ten elsewhere. “All Around the World” was also issued as the first single in North America on 15 January 1990. It was commercially successful reaching number three in Canada and on the Billboard Hot 100. “All Around the World” also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over one million copies in the United States. The third European single, “Live Together” was issued on 29 January 1990 and reached top ten in the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.
“What Did I Do to You?” was released as the next single in Europe on 30 April 1990 and peaked at number seven in Italy, number twenty in Ireland and number twenty-five in the United Kingdom. The second North American single, “You Can’t Deny It” was also successful. It was issued on 2 May 1990 and reached number fourteen in Canada and on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and peaked at number two on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the US. A double A-side single “This Is the Right Time”/”You Can’t Deny It” with the US remixes was issued in selected European countries in September 1990 as the final release from Affection. In 2003, “This Is the Right Time”, “All Around the World”, “Live Together” and “You Can’t Deny It” were included on Biography: The Greatest Hits. “The Love in Me” was twice considered as a potential single, first in late 1989 as a prospective follow-up to “All Around the World” and then again in 1990, when it was discarded in favour of the still more danceable “What Did I Do to You?”. New remixes were produced on both occasions, only to be shelved. They were released in 2014 on the reissue of Affection and People Hold On … The Remix Anthology (also on The Collection 1989–2003).
Affection has sold over five million copies around the world. It was certified three-times Platinum in the United Kingdom and Platinum and Gold in various countries, including Platinum in the United States for selling over one million copies. The album reached top ten around the globe, including number one in Austria and Italy. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number two and in the United States, it reached number nine. Affection is Stansfield’s most successful album.
During the 1990 Brit Awards, Stansfield was nominated for four Brit Awards: British Breakthrough, British Female Solo, British Single (“All Around the World”) and Best Video (“All Around the World”). She won the British Breakthrough Award and performed “All Around the World” at the ceremony. With “All Around the World” Stansfield also won two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Contemporary Song (1990) and Best International Song (1991). Stansfield also won a Billboard Music Award in category Best Newcomer in 1990. In 1991, she received an ASCAP Award in category Writer of the Most Performed Song (“All Around the World”). Stansfield also received two Silver Clef Awards in 1990: Best New Artist Award and Innovation Award. Other trophies include two DMC Awards in 1990 for Best Album and Best Artist. In 1991, Stansfield was also awarded with World Music Award for Best British Artist. At the 1991 Grammy Awards she was nominated as Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“All Around the World”) but lost to Mariah Carey in both cases. (wikipedia)
When Lisa Stansfield took the R&B world by storm with her melancholy, Barry White-influenced single “All Around the World,” it was obvious that not since Teena Marie had a white female singer performed R&B so convincingly. Though she didn’t shy away from hip-hop and house-music elements, Affection leaves no doubt where the British singer’s heart lies — sleek yet gritty ’70s R&B. Though the retro leanings of such updated soul treasures as “You Can’t Deny It” and “What Did I Do to You” are obvious, Stansfield’s producer keeps things very fresh sounding by embracing a decidedly high-tech and very late-’80s/early-’90s production style. Though essentially a soul diva, Stansfield has a disco masterpiece in the love-and-togetherness anthem “This Is the Right Time.” (by Alex Henderson)
Ian Devaney (all instruments, programming)
Lisa Stansfield (vocals)
Stephen Gibson (trumpet)
01. All Around The World 4.28
02. Mighty Love 5.12
03. This Is the Right Time 4.31
04. You Can’t Deny It (U.S. Remix) 4.32
05. What Did I Do to You? (Mark Saunders Club Remix) 5.53
06. Affection (CD and cassette only) 5.50
07. Live Together (New Version/Single Remix) 4.37
08. Sincerity 4.49
09. The Love in Me 4.59
10. Poison 4.19
11. When Are You Coming Back? 5.17
12. Wake Up Baby (CD and cassette only) 3.53
13. The Way You Want It (CD and cassette only) 4.57
All songs writen by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Andy Morris
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