Thursday, November 5, 2009

Zakiya

Zakiya (born Zakiya Munnerlyn in Newark, New Jersey) was a female R&B singer from the mid '90s.

In 1992, Zakiya was the winner of Hal Jackson's Talented Teens and then went on to win Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. After that, she was signed to Ric Wake's production company as part of a girl group called Faces and then started her solo career.
In 1997, Zakiya released her self-titled debut album which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 or R&B albums chart.
Her first single, "Love Like Mine" peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single, "My Love Won't Fade Away" became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #52 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

After that, Zakiya was working on her sophomore album, but unfortunately the album was shelved. She released a 12" single, "I Like" which didn't chart at all.

After that, it seemed that Zakiya faded into obscurity. These days, she resides in Pennsylvania, retired from the music business.

To see the music video for "Love Like Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1zNDEwK8Wc

To see a fan-made video for "My Love Won't Fade Away," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x35wzz_zakiya-my-love-wont-fade-away_music


[updated on 06\11\13]

2 comments:

John Dillinga said...

There was an official video for "My Love won't fade away"(Future Audio Remix) which featured a female rapper named Charisma. But that video like Zakiya has in fact faded away...

J. Antoinne said...

I seem to remember a video for the song "When the Last Teardrop Falls" from this album...and then the group Blaque remade it a couple years later.