Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield

Lisa Stansfield

About Lisa Stansfield

British singer Lisa Stansfield found success with her retro R&B stylings while also embracing dance music and other sounds. She’s perhaps best known for her soulful 1989 international smash “All Around the World.”

• When she was 14, Stansfield won a talent contest sponsored by the Manchester Evening News. Her debut single, the ballad “Your Alibis,” arrived in 1981, when she was just 15.
• Amid this early success, she became a cohost on the children’s pop show Razzmatazz.
• With former schoolmates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, she formed the group Blue Zone. They released their sole studio album, Big Thing, in 1988 after a few middling singles.
• In 1989, Stansfield cowrote and sang on the Coldcut dance track “People Hold On,” which reached No. 11 in the UK and No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the US. This led to a solo deal for Stansfield on Arista Records.
• Stansfield’s 1989 debut album, Affection, features “All Around the World,” which reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 3 in the US. While it proved her lone Top 10 hit in America, Stansifled managed seven more in her home country.
Affection sold more than five million copies worldwide and earned the singer Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. (She lost both to Mariah Carey.)
• A 1992 live recording of Queen’s “These are the Days of Our Lives” featuring Stansfield, George Michael, and Queen appears on 1993’s Five Live, a charity EP that reached No. 1 in the UK.
• Stansfield made the UK Top 5 with each of her next three albums: Real Love (1991), So Natural (1993), and Lisa Stansfeld (1997).
• She made her acting debut in the 1999 UK film Swing. She also cowrote four new songs for the soundtrack and performed a number of jazz and swing classics.

  • HOMETOWN
    Manchester, England
  • BORN
    April 11, 1966

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