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Caron Wheeler

Caron Wheeler at the 1990 Grammy Awards
Background information
Birth name Caron Wheeler
Born 19 January 1963 (1963-01-19) (age 46)
Genres R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1989 – present
Labels Capitol (1990–1993)
Associated acts Soul II Soul

Caron Wheeler (19 January 1963) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning British R&B/soul singer, who gained fame by writing and singing the lead vocals on the two biggest hits for Soul II Soul ("Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life"). She also was a backing vocalist for Elvis Costello in 1983, and Howard Jones in 1985. She also provided backing vocals for a track on Erasure's album, The Innocents in 1988.

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Career

Wheeler is also a founder member of the female vocal group 'Brown Sugar', along with vocalist Kofi, whose solo hit "Black is My Colour" is today considered in reggae circles a classic. The two were re-united in October 2005 at the Metropolitan Black Police Association's annual gala at The Barbican in London.

After her success with Soul II Soul, Wheeler embarked on a solo career, and released two albums: UK Blak (1990) and Beach of the War Goddess (1993). Her biggest solo success single is "Livin' In The Light" from her first solo album, which hit #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a week at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1989. It also reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart.

Wheeler's only other solo Top 40 hit single was the title track from UK Blak. She also featured with Soul II Soul on the soundtrack to the Angela Bassett movie, How Stella Got Her Groove Back in 1998. More recently, Wheeler featured on Richard X's 2003 album, Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1.

In 2003, she also contributed the track "Another Star" to the Stevie Wonder tribute album "Conception - An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs."

During the 1980s, she was a member of the female vocal quartet Afrodisiak, and sang on records by Madness, Elvis Costello, and Dexys Midnight Runners, among others.

She is reportedly working on a new solo album to be released in 2009. She is also back in the recording studio with Jazzie B recording tracks for a new Soul II Soul album for a 2009 release.

Discography

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Albums

Year Album UK U.S.
1990 UK Blak 14 133
1993 Beach of the War Goddess - 81

Singles

Year Title Album UK U.S. U.S. R&B
1989 Keep On Movin' (with Soul II Soul) Club Classics Vol. I 5 11 1
1989 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (with Soul II Soul) Club Classics Vol. I 1 4 1
1990 Living In The Light UK Blak 14 53 3
1990 UK Blak UK Blak 40 - 44
1991 Blue (Is The Colour Of Pain) UK Blak - - 37
1991 Don't Quit UK Blak 53 - -
1992 I Adore You Mo' Money soundtrack and
Beach Of The War Goddess
59 99 12
1993 Beach Of The War Goddess Beach Of The War Goddess 75 - -
1993 In Our Love Beach Of The War Goddess - - 61
1993 Soul Street Beach Of The War Goddess - - -
1996 Keep On Movin' (remix) (with Soul II Soul) - 31 - -
1999 Star - - 82

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