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About Peabo Bryson

Singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson’s soulful ballads made him a reliable R&B hitmaker throughout the ’70s and ’80s—until a pair of ’90s Disney theme songs vaulted him to the top of the pop charts. • Bryson grew up in South Carolina, where his parents took him to see legendary Black artists like Same Cooke and The Drifters. • At 14, he sang backup for the local group Al Freeman and the Upsetters. At 16, he went on tour with Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display, whose bandleader became his mentor. • In 1976, after signing with Bang Records, Bryson released his debut album, Peabo. The LP yielded a series of minor R&B hits. • Throughout the late ’70s and remainder of the ’80s, Bryson was a constant presence on the R&B charts. He nabbed his first Top 20 pop hit in 1983, teaming with Roberta Flack for “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love.” He reached the Top 10 with 1984’s solo outing “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again.” • In the ’90s, Bryson’s work with Disney rocketed his career to new heights. He duetted with Celine Dion on 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” from the animated film of the same name. It reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Bryson a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. • In 1992, he joined forces with Regina Belle to sing “A Whole New World,” the theme from Aladdin. The single topped the Hot 100 and brought a second Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. • Bryson’s output slowed in the ’90s and 2000s, but in 2018, he made a bold comeback with Stand for Love, his first album in a decade. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis—the duo best known for crafting hits for Janet Jackson—the record includes “Love Like Yours and Mine,” a Top 5 hit on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart.

Greenville, SC, United States
April 13, 1951
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