Friday, November 27, 2009

Caron Wheeler

Caron Wheeler (born on January 19, 1963 in London, England) is a female British R&B singer who was a former member of R&B group Soul II Soul.

In the 80s, she was a member of female vocal quartet Afrodiziak and was also a backup vocalist for artists such as Elvis Costello, Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Erasure.

Caron wrote and sung two of Soul II Soul's biggest hits "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" and "Keep on Movin'." 

In 1990,she left Soul II Soul to pursue a solo career. Shortly after she left the group, Caron managed to secure a record deal with RCA/EMI Records.

During that same year, she released her debut album "UK Blak" which peaked at #133 on the Billboard 200, #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #14 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single, "Living in the Light" peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in November of 1990, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #14 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The title song peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart and #44 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The third single "Blue (Is the Colour of Pain)" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks, but missed the U.K. Singles chart. The song featured late saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.
The last single "Don't Quit" peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't appear to make the charts in the United States.
In 1992, Caron was featured on the soundtrack to the film "Mo' Money" with the track "I Adore You" which peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. The song was also featured on her next album.
During that same year, she released her sophomore album "Beach of the War Goddess" which peaked at #81 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
The title song managed to peak at #75 on the U.K. Singles chart, but failed to make the Billboard charts at all.
The third single from the album "In Our Love" peaked at #61 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
The last promo single from the album "Soul Street" didn't make the charts at all. In 1996, Caron was featured on a remixed version of Soul II Soul's single "Keep on Movin" which managed to peak at #31 on the U.K. Singles chart.

During that same year, she was featured on a cover version of "Just the Two of Us" with Japanese singer/songwriter Toshi Kubota.

In 1998, Caron and Soul II Soul were featured on the soundtrack to the film "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."
In 1999, she released the single "Star" featuring rapper Biz Markie, which managed to peak at #82 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

In 2003, she was featured on Richard X's album, "Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1" and on the Stevie Wonder tribute album, "Conception - An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs."

As of 2012, Caron is reportedly working a new solo album and back in the recording studio with Soul II Soul member Jazzie B recording new music for a new Soul II Soul album, but nothing much has been heard about either projects in quite some time.

To see the music video for "Living In the Light," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNwOgUirIhQ

To see the music video for "UK Blak," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnGxJBeJIBU

To see a fan-made video for "Blue (Is The Colour of Pain)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPPS0JkaFcY

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Quit," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aBYDFspPiM

To see the music video for "I Adore You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ-gmb6MOPU

To see a fan-made video for "Beach of the War Goddess," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrrB4uNiaks

To see the music video for "In Our Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy5uu4pdZXk

To see a fan-made video for "Soul Street," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZ-UBGmCNM

To see a fan-made video for "Star," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujko995Cm7A


[updated on 06/02/13]

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