The Pebbles thread got me thinking about all the one and two hit wonders that really got the late 80s and early 90s going!
Cece had a really big voice which was great for dance music. But according to her LENGTHY Wikipedia article, she preferred R&B styles, like Mary J Blige and Faith Evans, that ended up dominating the late 90s. I guess no one really wanted to listen to her singing R&B!
I think there was a big lag between the release of her second album and the single(s) from it.
I loved Cece's songs...that voice! She should have had a much longer career.
OP can you make a Karyn White thread too? She needs one. thanks in advance, boo.
Hmm, I really don't know much of her dance music because the Cece that I remember was an uptempo urban artist. I certainly know the song you posted, but songs like I'm In the Mood and Keep On Walkin' were perhaps more prominent with, and remembered by, certain radio demographics.
Well, to most people who remember her, she's the singer of "Finally".
R3 she was a house music singer. Sure, some r&b beats were in there, but the thumping sound is classic house.
To be fair, her singles were released in various mixes targeted to different demographics.
I guess "Finally" was a house song that crossed over into other formats of radio, it peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 in '91
Who is trying to argue she wasn't a dance/house singer? She has 5 #1 dance single, 2 #2 dance singles and another that hit #4. The dance chart was by far her most successful chart. She had 3 top 10 r&b singles (#3, #7 and #10). On the hot 100, she has a #5, a #15 and a #20.
Cece was most certainly a dance artist.
She performed Finally and We Got a Love Thang at this year's Miss'd America pageant and was fab-u-lous.
Dance music was in it's death throes at pop radio and as a pop culture force. "Finally" was one of the last big hits of the era. Poor CeCe came around a few years too late for a career. Urban music, alt-rock and country took over.
She did cut a hip-hop r/b disc around the same time Madonna did. 94-95ish. It completely flopped.
Oh and I think the double chin got in the way.
I can remember "Finally" like it was yesterday. That song was HUGE. And then 1993 happened and dance music on mainstream radio was over.
I hate that Cece was pigeon holed into solely being a house singer though. With her voice, she can sing any genre, be it r&b, soul, pop, country, rock or gospel.
I think she sucks. Robin S. could sing circles around her, she just didn't have Peniston's hype, only 2 albums, and only a few really good songs.
Actually r13, she abandoned dance music pretty quickly and tried R&B. It's one of the reasons her career collapsed, your claims of her brilliance aside, the R&B audience wasn't impressed.
Chile, please, at R14. Robin S. was always an Evelyn Champagne King wannabe. CeCe had her own style which makes her a better singer in my book.
My favorite song from CeCe is "I'm Not Over You." She could pull off both Contemporary R&B and House/Dance.
CeCe should have been as successful as Whitney and Mariah in the 90s.
Ce Ce scored with four Top 40 singles in the early 90s, although a fifth record peaked at No. 41.
"Finally" was obviously her biggest hit, reaching No. 5 for two weeks in January of 1992. It stayed in the Top Ten for a total of ten weeks.
"We Got a Love Thang" stalled at No. 20 for three weeks in April of 1992, and the following August she reached the Top 20 again, when "Keep On Walkin'" peaked at No. 15.
Her final Top 40 hit was "I'm in the Mood", which reached No. 32 in March of 1994. However, her follow-up song, "I'm Not Over You" couldn't quite reach the 40, as it topped out at No. 41 four months later.
R14 / R15 you're wrong. Robin S is so overrated. Cece can outsing her any day. Cece's r&b flopped because fans didn't want to hear r&b from her, it's not because she can't sing it. She's one of those early 90s singers who got overlooked, but not for lack of talent.