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Angela Winbush

Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer Angela Winbush's credentials include solo hits such as her R&B number one "Angel"; hits as half of the singing duo René & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and hits she wrote for Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators included Rufus' bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and George Duke.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Winbush grew up singing gospel music in the church choir and learned to play piano as a child. She had no intentions of pursuing a professional music career when she attended Washington, D.C.'s Howard University, where she majored in architecture. To earn money to pay expenses, she began singing on recording sessions and formed a vocal trio that opened for Van McCoy and Al Jarreau. She became interested in the music business and changed her major to music education.

Around 1977, Winbush sent a demo tape to New York DJ Gary Byrd. He played it over the phone for his friend Stevie Wonder, who called Winbush and invited her to Los Angeles. While singing in Wonder's backup band Wonderlove, Winbush learned about writing and producing by sitting in on sessions with Wonder. In 1980, she met singer/songwriter Rene Moore through Wonderlove vocalist Carolyn Dennis and they began writing songs together, eventually forming the duo René & Angela. In 1978, former Tower of Power lead singer Lenny Williams recorded one of their songs, "Changes." A friend introduced the duo to Dr. Cecil Hale, a Capitol Records executive who signed the duo to the label. Two LPs were issued, Wall to Wall and Rise. Another René & Angela song, the ballad "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," was recorded by Alton McClain & Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. In 1985, René & Angela signed to the Mercury imprint. Their label debut, Street Called Desire, went gold, yielding the number one R&B hits "Save Your Love (For #1)," which featured a rap by Kurtis Blow, and "Your Smile." An earlier René & Angela song would resurface in a big way. The first single from Stephanie Mills' 1985 Stephanie Mills album was "Stand Back"; on its flipside was her passionate cover of "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love." Because of its massive radio play as an album track, Mills' version was reissued as an A-side and held the number one spot for two weeks in spring 1986.

By 1987, Winbush was solo and got her first production job on the Isley Brothers' Smooth Sailing LP after the group's lead singer, Ronald Isley, mentioned to Warner Bros. records executive Benny Medina that he wanted to work with the group who did "Your Smile." After working together, Isley became the singer's manager, and he continued to benefit from Winbush's songwriting and production talents. The two married in 1993, but later divorced.

After she released her third solo album, a self-titled Top 12 R&B hit, in 1994, Winbush largely worked in the background. In the early 2000s, she fought -- and beat -- ovarian cancer. The TV One network gave her career some much-deserved attention in 2010, when it made her the subject of one of their Unsung documentaries. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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I LOVE THIS song
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One sexy lady I love her your voice as always went through me I'm glad she's back one love
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charles_losb a n o s
Serious talent
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She doesn't have enough recognition! Great song though
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As a little kid I've always loved this song, n now I appreciate it even more,.....re a l music....rea l memories
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Voice of an Angel and those lengthy notes in 2nd Soprano! WHOOOOOOO!
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Outstanding
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hello beloved
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Takes me back to those days when people really believed in true love. Not thots and side chicks.
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My all time favorite singer hands down! Haven't heard anyone else carry vocal notes like her!
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Angela has the voice of an angel....so beautiful... f u l l of sweet soul
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One of my favorite artists of all time!! Love Ms. Winbush
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Love her, she is SO talented
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Beautiful Music Mrs winbush just Beautiful
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tomontra.man g r u m h a r d g e
An he from heaven described the love I had for someone. She continual cared tears.
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Learn to respect ......
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The power of love by Ms. Winbush..... b e a u t i f u l
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This lady has a style I've loved as a young woman and I still feel it. There needs to be more artists like her today.
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jcstokes72
Beautiful voice. I miss music like this. Music had a meaning, a true love story
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Still my jam. Angela Winbush was classy and had serious vocals.
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I love it love it
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They don't make voices are music like this anymore..smh
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She has some serious vocals...I would like to see her in concert
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She can really sing!!!!
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michelle.vth o m a s
Now, this beautiful lady can blow!! Never received the proper credit she so well deserved. But good singers never do - Phyllis Hyman, Stephanie Mills, Melba Moore, Sharon Bryant, Syretta Wright, Kelly Price, etc.
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the best..... i listen to her everyday.. truly gifted!!
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shes my everything !!!!! i love u auntie!!!
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dwells414
One of the most Beautiful Voices of all time! Angela when I hear your voice I feel it in my Soul!
Your voice is crisp, clear & real! Go Girl!!
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oNE OF THE BEST!!
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Go head Angela! One of the best voices of all times!!♡
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I LOVE YOUR MUSIC, YOU ARE A N ANGEL.
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Took me back ...club days
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Latrice Calvert

This is singing at it's best! She is amazing! One of my all time favorite songs... She needs to teach singing to the younger so-called singers....
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Angela you are one of my favorite woman vocalist much respect
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A mega talented vocalist! She is so creative and can hold notes like nom one else.
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This song reminds me of a special person from my past. He will always be my Angel. P.F.R
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We were living n New York n da 70s saw u sing in da Wiz u & rip Nipy

D.......mast e r
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"It's The Real Thing" Sho-Nuff-Is
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
~H-Town~Groo v i n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
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i love her song and wish she would come back big
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I loveeee this song
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She is still living why would you say she passed away! Wow
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Love it voice is great
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Her voice is one of a kind
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love her voice.. soulful indeed
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What a voice.
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My favorite female singer...all time!
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Bjgates616 you don't have anything better to do than to start rumors she is far from passed away anyways I knew she was talented but she has done a lot but they forgot to mention the alton mcclain & destiny remaking the power of love
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Angela passed away a few years ago!!!!!
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Definitely underrated!! I absolutely love her music.
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Sang girl......
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