Saturday, September 6, 2008

Nayobe

Nayobe (born Nayobe Catalina Gomez in 1968 in Brookyln, New York) was a female freestyle\dance singer from the 80's & 90's.

At a young age, Nayobe started out singing in talent shows and even won the Apollo Theater's "Amateur Night" concert. At the age of 11, she auditioned for "Annie" where her voice was used behind the stage and she was also an understudy. She was later in an off-Broadway production of "The Wiz."

After winning a Fever Records talent contest, Nayobe got a contract with the record label. She was also a background singer for artists such as the Fat Boys and Kurtis Blow.
Nayobe's first single, "Please Don't Go" which peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1985. During that same year, Nayobe was featured in the film, "Krush Groove" and on the movie soundtrack.
In 1986, Nayobe released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
Her second single, "Good Things Come to Those Who Wait" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1987, #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #74 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in December of 1986, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
Another single, "Second Chance for Love" peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in June of 1987 and #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
By 1988, Nayobe was signed to Epic Records and released the single, "It's Too Late" for the "Twins" movie soundtrack. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in April of 1989 and #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. She also opened up for Menudo's "Sons of Rock USA" tour.
In 1990, Nayobe released her sophomore album, "Promise Me" switching to R&B music. The album managed to peak at #86 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "I Love the Way You Love Me" which peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart & #22 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in September of 1990, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

After the release of her second album, Nayobe took some time off and later gave birth to her daughter. She later got a record deal with Sony Records and it was originally supposed to be a two-album deal, but due to management changes, those plans fell through.
In 1997, Nayobe released her third studio album and first Latin music album, "Dame Un Poco Mas." One of the singles from the album, "Let's Party Tonight" received some airplay on New York's Mega 97.9 radio station. She provided vocals for Salma Hayek's on-screen musical performance in the film, "54."
In 1999, Nayobe released her fourth self-titled studio and second Latin music album on Platano Records which didn't appear to make the charts at all.

In 2005, she signed to JR5 Productions and worked in the studio with DJ Mike Cruz and Andy Lamboy on a house music single entitled "You're My Angel."

These days, Nayobe continues to perform live at freestyle music concerts, most recently at the 2012 Forever Freestyle concert.

To see a fan-made video for "Please Don't Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRPzuPkRsp0

To see a fan-made video for "Good Things Come to Those Who Wait," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIE0TCcVwt4

To see a fan-made video for "Second Chance for Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCSWSlJQYgU

To see a fan-made video for "It's Too Late," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATt0FRPSkaM

To see the music video for "I Love the Way You Love Me," go to:
http://www.jukebo.com/nayobe/music-clip,i-love-the-way-you-love-me,qzp05l.html


[updated on 09\09\12]

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