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Cece Peniston

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!

by Anonymousreply 2306/04/2014

I think there was a big lag between the release of her second album and the single(s) from it.

by Anonymousreply 111/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 211/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 311/02/2013

Well, to most people who remember her, she's the singer of "Finally".

by Anonymousreply 411/02/2013

R3 she was a house music singer. Sure, some r&b beats were in there, but the thumping sound is classic house.

by Anonymousreply 511/02/2013

To be fair, her singles were released in various mixes targeted to different demographics.

by Anonymousreply 611/02/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 711/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 811/02/2013

She performed Finally and We Got a Love Thang at this year's Miss'd America pageant and was fab-u-lous.

by Anonymousreply 911/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1011/02/2013

Oh and I think the double chin got in the way.

by Anonymousreply 1111/02/2013

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by Anonymousreply 1211/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1311/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1411/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1511/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1611/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1711/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1811/02/2013

Where's my thread?

by Anonymousreply 1911/02/2013

CeCe giving tribute to Della Reese.

by Anonymousreply 2011/02/2013

I've heard all of CeCe's crap r18, I downloaded all of it and didn't save a single track. The Soulshaker remix of Robin's "Luv 4 Luv" however, is personal favorite.

by Anonymousreply 2111/02/2013

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by Anonymousreply 2211/02/2013

Heard this golden song on the radio today!

by Anonymousreply 2306/04/2014
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