Saturday, April 4, 2009

Stacey Q.

Stacey Q (born Stacey Swain on November 30, 1958 in Fullerton, California) started her career as a dancer at a young age.

During the '60s, Stacey auditioned for singing roles in live operas and community theater plays. In 1969, she became the youngest member of the Dance Theater of Orange County at the age of 10.

After graduating from high school in 1976, Stacey joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performing as a showgirl and then an elephant rider.

In 1981, she and her future manager\longtime collaborator John St. James formed the synth-pop group, SSQ. After the group released one album, she started her solo career.
In 1985, Stacey released her first solo album on cassette on the On The Spot record label which had a limited release.
The only single released from the cassette, "Shy Girl" peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. A year later, Stacey signed to Atlantic Records with Jon St. James as her manager and the members of SSQ as backup musicians.
In 1986, Stacey Q released her debut album, "Better Than Heaven" which peaked at #102 on the Billboard 200 chart and #46 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Two of Hearts" became a hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single, "We Connect" peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The third single from the album, "Insecurity" topped Billboard's  Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album, "Music Out of Bounds" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The success of Stacey's debut album landed her a guest appearance as Cinnamon on "The Facts of Life" for two episodes. There were plans to have a spin-off series starring Stacey Q and George Clooney (who was on the "Facts of Life"), but those plans were canceled.
In 1989, Stacey Q released her second album, "Hard Machine" which peaked at #115 on the Billboard 200 chart. She dyed her hair from blonde to red and had a punk-style like wardrobe. The album didn't reach the same success as her debut.
The first single from the album, "Don't Make a Fool Of Yourself" peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

The song was featured on an episode of "Full House" where Stacey Q appeared as herself.
The follow-up single, "I Love You" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, but missed the Hot 100. Another single "Favorite Things" was released, but didn't make the charts.
In 1989, Stacey Q released her third album, "Nights Like This" which didn't chart at all. Stacey once again changed her style by having short blonde hair and having a sort of underground appearance.
The only single to chart from the album was "Give You All My Love" which peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The follow-up single, "Heartbeat" didn't chart, but was a minor Adult Contemporary hit. After the release of her third album, Stacey Q. began another national tour, performing at clubs across the U.S.

She continued to act and even appeared in a episode of the television series, "Mama's Family." Due to the underperformance of her last two albums, Atlantic Records didn't renew Stacey's contract.
In 1992, Stacey released her greatest hits album and a year later, she recorded her newest single of the 90s, "Too Hot For Love" on Thump Records which was structured towards an early-90s dance sound and featured sexually suggestive lyrics.
In 1995, Stacey released another greatest hits album that received mixed reviews from fans and critics. During the 90s, Stacey traveled to Tibet and learned about Buddhism.
In 1997, she released her supposedly comeback album, "Boomerang." It wasn't exactly the comeback that fans hoped for, but it was received generally well by fans and critics.

One of the songs from the album, "Tenderness" peaked at #5 on the Jamaican music charts. She also became a background & lead vocalist on house music records in the US and Europe.
In 2007, Stacey released a compliation album entitled "Queen of the 80s" on Thump Records that consisted of a compliation of hits from the SSQ and "Better Than Heaven" era.
In 2010, Stacey Q released her latest album, "Color Me Cinnamon" and released the single, "Pandora's Box."

To see Stacey Q's official website, go to:
http://www.stacey-q.com/

To see the music video for "Two of Hearts," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBdGT4dn4E

To see the music video for "We Connect," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqJB3F5rhQ

To see a fan-made video for "Insecurity," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bkNTzqhLaY

To see a fan-made video for "Music Out of Bonds," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovBFU4YRVuY

To see a fan-made video for "Shy Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJpLZi6vhQ8

To see the music video for "Don't Make a Fool Of Yourself," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IunwX6WbroY

To see the music video for "I Love You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEz6mYWGttw

To see the music video for "Give You All My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_etoc5vepA

To see a video of Stacey Q. performing "Heartbeat" live, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFEM5qfAyLY

To see a fan-made video for "Too Hot For Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjshmSsoUUk

To see a fan-made video for "Pandora's Box," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSTd9QYqxDI
[updated on 05/20/13]

2 comments:

Maxwell K said...

Stacey's my girl. I love all of her music, and this article.

She actually has a more updated website:
www.staceyqonline.com

It just launched a few weeks ago.

Hanz said...

Thanks, Maxwell K.