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Singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer Angela Winbush's credentials include her own solo hits such as her number one R&B hit, "Angel", hits as one-half of the singing duo Rene & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and her hits by
Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers.
One Rene & Angela hit, the 1983 ballad "My First Love," was covered by Avant
on his spring 2000 debut CD, "My Thoughts". Winbush's own albums are "Sharp", "Angela Winbush", and "It's the Real Thing". Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators were Moore's brother, Rufus, bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and
In 1980, she met singer/songwriter Rene Moore through Wonderlove vocalist Carolyn Dennis and they began writing songs together, eventually forming the duo Rene & Angela. In 1978, former Tower of Power lead singer Lenny Williams recorded one of their songs, "Changes." A friend introduced the duo to Dr. Cecil Hale, a Capitol Records executive who signed the duo to the label. Two LPs were issued, "Wall to Wall" and "Rise".
Another Rene & Angela song, the ballad "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," was recorded by Alton McClain and Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. It can be found on Polygram's "Power of Love: Best of Soul Essentials Ballads". In 1985, Rene & Angela signed with Polygram and were assigned to their Mercury imprint. Their label debut, "Street Called Desire", went gold, yielding the number one hits "Save Your Love (For #1)," which featured a rap by Kurtis Blow, and "Your Smile."
An earlier Rene & Angela song would resurface in a big way. The first single from
Stephanie Mills' 1985 album was "Stand Back"; on its flip side was her passionate cover of "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love." Because of its massive radio play as an album track, Mills' version, produced by Philly Soul keyboardist Ron Kersey, was reissued as an A-side and held the number one spot for two weeks in spring 1986.
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