Tuesday, 26 January 2010 17:24

2001 , RnB

Angela Windbush has had her hands in projects like Janet Jackson's 1982 self-titled debut album, Janet Jackson. One of the songs, Young Love, became Jackson's first top ten R&B hit reaching number six on the chart. René & Angela also wrote for Stephanie Mills, their I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love gave Mills her first-ever #1 R&B single, in 1985. Winbush would later write another Mills number one R&B hit with Something in the Way You Make Me Feel.

Since starting out with René & Angela, Winbush and Moore have played an influence on various R&B and hip-hop acts. Their music been sampled by acts such as The Notorious B.I.G. (who featured her and Jay-Z on his Rene & Angela-sampled I Love You More for the song I Love the Dough), Foxy Brown (who sampled her I'll Be Good for her 1997 top ten hit, I'll Be) and singer Avant re-recorded the Rene & Angela ballad, My First Love, with singer Keke Wyatt in 2000.

Windbush has influenced the likes of Syleena Johnson and Chante Moore. Winbush and former partner René Moore also shared the distinction for being one of the first R&B acts to prominently feature a rap act in a R&B song with their first R&B number one with the dance single, Save Your Love (For #1), which included guest vocals from rapper Kurtis Blow (we all know the influence of that). Winbush is also one of the few female artists to find success as a songwriter, arranger, producer and session musician (Winbush is an avid musician playing piano and keyboards).

1. Angel 2. Hello Beloved featuring Ronald Isley 3. My First Love - René & Angela 4. Your Smile - René & Angela 5. Treat U Rite 6. I'll Be Good - René & Angela 7. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 8. You Don't Have to Cry - René & Angela 9. Floatin' on Your Love featuring The Isley Brothers 10. I Love You More - René & Angela 11. Run to Me 12. It's the Real Thing 13. C'Est Toi (It's You) 14. No More Tears 15. Save Your Love (For #1) 16. Lay Your Troubles Down featuring Ronald Isley 17. Please Bring Your Love Back

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