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Cheryl Pepsii Riley

Cheryl Pepsii Riley topped the R&B charts with the heart-stirring ballad "Thanks for My Child," a tune that connected with and seemed to speak for single mothers the world over. Because of the poignant lyrics, some believed that Riley wrote the song. Actually, "Thanks for My Child" was written by Full Force, the six-man performing/songwriting/production team from East Flatbush/Brooklyn, NY, who had a long run of hits for themselves, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, UTFO, Jasmine Guy, Lala, Samantha Fox, and the Weather Girls. Though Riley's interpretation was no doubt enhanced by her ten years as a nurse who worked with handicapped children. The genesis of "Thanks for My Child" began with Full Force member Bowlegged Lou's experience with the complications of his wife's first pregnancy.

As pivotal as "Thanks for My Child" was for the singer's career, it wasn't the first song Lou offered to her. She refused his offer to record "I Wonder If I Take You Home" because she didn't want to spread herself too thin, but after it became a million-selling hit for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam in 1985, she thought she'd missed her big break. Then Lou offered her "Thanks for My Child." Riley still had her nurse's job when it single went to number one during fall 1988.

The title track single to her debut LP Me Myself and I made it to number 18 R&B in early 1989. Another single, "Every Little Thing About You," peaked at number 55 R&B in later that year. Her second LP Chapters was issued and yielded the singles "How Can You Hurt the One You Love" and a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1968 hit "Ain't No Way" (with backing vocals by another FF-produced act, Ex-Girlfriend). Her third album All That! was released by Reprise, and featured the singles "Gimme" and "Guess I'm in Love." During the '90s, Riley appeared in nationally touring gospel plays. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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I SAW CHERYL PESPI RILEY IN MANY BEAUITFUL PLAYS I ENJOYED WATCHING HER ON STAGE AND SINGING. KEEP THAT BEAUITFUL VOICE U SONG BIRD OF GOSPEL SMILE..
My Mom & a very special friend had me listen to Thanks For My Child & I connected w/ it like other single mothers going through a rough time w/ their child father....
I was in the 6th grade when this song came out. It is still the bomb. I wish the would play more of it. :)
THANKS FOR MY CHILD IS AN ALL TIME FAVORITE
Love it....
Thanks For My Child is such a special song. Children are truly blessings from the Lord above.
THANKS FOR MY CHILD WAS MY JAM I USE TO PLAY IT OVER AND OVER SINGING IT LIKE I WAS IN CONCERT
when ever i head this i thank god for my wife and the kids she gave me thanks pepsii
divva69
love the song and the artist she is wonderfrul and blessed
how creative is the creator???? Well, no more dearly precious or creative an artist could he imbue with the power to make a doubter a believer. I am in love with riley's love of music and God. And she's an irresistible and charming woman. The creator is soooooo creative!
she is THEE best person/singe r / actress in the entire world, universe, galaxy; i love her
ac_blunt28
Such a beautiful song! I have not heard this in years.....:)
amen
HOW CAN YOU HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE????? Simply stated! Love this woman & song since i heard it back in the late 80's....Wish i could find it in the stores....WO W !
bdiond
This is my song! Have not heard it in years.
llee61
loved in her Madea's Class Reunion
I LOVE THANKS FOR MY CHILD & CHERYL...KEE P IT COMING! THX PANDORA
mrsbg879
I love the way you put yourself into your music. Especially Keep Your Head Up. It's so heart felt. I love it.
rosbyp
This is a old song that I have been searching for years. She was great. This song has so much meaning behind the message for mothers to be strong and stand alone in the time of abandoment. We all know that there alot of deadbeat's(b o t h ) p a r e n t ' s . So if an artist can give support to whoever the caregiver is though their music, they are the jump off. We don't see many artist w/ that frame of mind. I guess I took 2 this song b/c my daddy wasn't there. I saw what it did to us. But mother was strong!
I don't care if she sucks ilove her songs very much.
she sucks never play her on my stations

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