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Angela Winbush

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer Angela Winbush's credentials include her own solo hits such as her number one R&B hit, "Angel"; hits as one-half of the singing duo Rene & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and her hits by Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. One Rene & Angela hit, the 1983 ballad "My First Love," was covered by Avant on his spring 2000 debut CD, My Thoughts. Winbush's own albums are Sharp, Angela Winbush, and It's the Real Thing. Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators were Moore's brother, Rufus, bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and George Duke.

Born in St. Louis, MO, 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 began attending Washington, D.C.'s Howard University majoring in architecture. To earn money to pay expenses, she began singing on recording sessions and formed a singing 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. He 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 Rene & 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 Rene & Angela song, the ballad "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," was recorded by Alton McClain and Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. It can be found on Polygram's Power of Love: Best of Soul Essentials Ballads. In 1985, Rene & Angela signed with Polygram and were assigned to their Mercury imprint. Their label debut, Street Called Desire, went gold, yielding the number one hits "Save Your Love (For #1)," which featured a rap by Kurtis Blow, and "Your Smile." An earlier Rene & Angela song would resurface in a big way. The first single from Stephanie Mills' 1985 Stephanie Mills album was "Stand Back"; on its flip side 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, produced by Philly Soul keyboardist Ron Kersey, 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. Becoming romantically involved, Winbush married Ronald Isley on June 26, 1993. She produced and wrote the bulk of his solo debut, Spend the Night, credited as the Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley. Winbush's other credits include the platinum Isley Brothers album Mission to Please, Body, Lalah Hathaway, the 1982 self-titled debut of Plush, Klymaxx, Sheena Easton's The Lover in Me, and the 1993 Warner Bros. various artists set, A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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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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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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Her music is timeless and her voice, one of a kind. Where is she now?
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I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this song I play it everyday...I grew up off of her music and I love Angela Winbush
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I knew she was apart of Rene & Angela. I didn't know she went solo and I've only heard her in passing. I love her silky smooth vocals, a cross between Anita Baker and Stephanie Mills-A recipe for greatness! I will listen to her more and add her to my Top 10 R&B Divas list. I'm 15 so I'm discovering great artists, who are SUPER underrated and I've been unfortunate to live in this day and age with all of this supercilious music that has no meaning. Yes, this is my type of music!
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This a very good singer..lol jackie
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My favorite artist of all time
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Absolutely a classy & sultry song tress & diva of R & B in a space of her own. My favorites are smile & angel. Keep hitting those notes Angela.
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Angela does her thing once again! ! !
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LOVE ANGELA WINBUSH'S SOULFUL VOICE!
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