Saturday, August 9, 2008

Corina

Corina (born Corina Katt Ayala in Manhattan, New York) is a former freestyle\dance singer from the 90's.

As a young girl, she would listen to her mother's old records and perform in front of the mirror. After noticing her daughter's talent, Corina's mother signed her up for singing & dance classes along with entering her in various talent shows.

Even though Corina began working in the recording studio when she was only a preteen, it wasn't until 1987 that she met her manager, Pepper Negron, who introduced her to music producer, Carlos Berrios.
During that same year, she released her first single, "Out of Control" on Cutting Records, which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
Corina's second single, "Give Me Back My Heart" which peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1989 and #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1990, she released her third single, "Loving You Like Crazy" which peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1991, Corina released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "Temptation" became Corina's biggest hit song to date, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1991, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in July of 1991, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "Whispers" peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1991 and #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album, "Now That You're Gone" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in May of 1992.
When freestyle music began to go out of style, Corina had seemed to fade into obscurity until 1997 when she released a cover of fellow freestyle musician, Nocera's song, "Summertime, Summertime" on So So Def Records.

The song peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1997, #24 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #64 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1999, Corina turned to acting under the name "Corina Katt" and starred in the movie, "Cradle Will Rock" along with a few independent films.

She has also worked in theater in New York. Today, Corina now works as an actress, writer, and director. She also continues to sing as well.

To see Corina's official website, go to:
http://corinakattayala.com/

To see the music video for "Temptation," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8jRfWiLHGY

To see the music video for "Summertime, Summertime," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90F4BMRUauQ

To see the music video for "Whispers," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YivHtu0B64

To see a fan-made video for "Now That You're Gone," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9ZQRFcyWEY

To see the music video for "Out of Control," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVzVGLiay1o

To see a fan-made video for "Give Me Back My Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pStR183rzYA


[updated on 09\09\12]

1 comment:

GGNYC said...

Thank you for putting your energy on this..I saw her once in a record store Vinylmania (NY), when freestyle was in and hot. Fun stop to pick up records and her presence was enjoyable yet I was shy to approach her.