Saturday, February 14, 2009

Alyson Williams

Alyson Williams (born on May 11, 1962 in Harlem, New York) was an R&B singer from the late 80's\early 90's. She is the daughter of bandleader\trumpeter Bobby Booker.

She started her career by singing background vocals for artists such as Melba Moore, Curtis Hairston, Unlimited Touch, and Bobby Brown before joining music group High Fashion which also featured R&B singer, Meli'sa Morgan.

After High Fashion broke up, Alyson sang with music group The Affair before going solo.
Alyson released her first single, "Yes We Can Can" in 1987. She established herself as an "in-demand" singer, starring in duets with Def Jam labelmates Oran " Juice" Jones and Chuck Stanley. She became the first R&B female singer on the Def Jam Recordings label.
In 1989, Alyson released her debut album, "Raw" which peaked at #25 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the UK, the album peaked at #29 on the U.K. Albums chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.  
The first single from the album, "Sleep Talk" peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song managed to peak at #17 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single, "My Love is So Raw" featuring rapper Nikki D., peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The song charted at #34 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks. The third single from the album, "Just Call My Name" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks on the chart.
The fourth single, "I Need Your Lovin" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.The song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Not on the Outside" featuring R&B singer Oran "Juice" Jones (which was also featured on his "GTO" album) peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1990, Alyson released a remix album called "Cooked: The Remix Album." It's unknown how or if it charted.
The only single to chart from the album was "I Second That Emotion" which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1992, Alyson released her self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Can't Have My Man" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single from the album, a cover version of the Deele's "Just My Luck" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Everybody Knew But Me" peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
After that, it seemed that Alyson faded into obscurity, but in 2004, she released her third album, "It's About Time" on the Three Keys Music record label. Currently, it is unknown what she's up to.

To see the music video for "My Love is So Raw," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOdnIAhU-rw

To see the music video for "Just Call My Name," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paV1-ntPthM

To see the music video for "I Need Your Lovin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlKrxqzR-5M

To see the music video for "Can't Have My Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAGcPjslpEU

To see the music video for "She's Not Your Man" (from her 1992 album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7GyQQQoXqQ


[updated on 05\23\12]

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