N'Dea Davenport with the Brand New Heavies (Vienna 2008)
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||funk, dance pop, R&B, Hip hop, New jack swing, soul, acid jazz|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Brand New Heavies|
N'Dea Davenport (born May 6, 1966) is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/soul singer-songwriter best known for her role in the Brand New Heavies, a British funk/R&B band, a group responsible for the Acid Jazz wave in the early 90s.
Davenport was born in Atlanta, Georgia but moved to Los Angeles with a "one way ticket" and actually found success. She came to the attention of newly-formed Delicious Vinyl records, who signed her to an artist development deal and immediately put her to work with label-mate Tone-Loc, who was having some success with the Young MC-penned, Van Halen-sampling "Wild Thing", a 1989 pop and rap smash hit. Davenport's vocals can be heard on "Cheeba Cheeba", a song from Tone's debut Loc'd After Dark. Her other session work in this period would include singing for Malcolm McLaren on his Waltz Darling album, where she was able to display her particular skills on "Algernon's Simply Awfully Good at Algebra" The esoteric funk ditty featured Davenport in the lead vocal and was coproduced by Bootsy Collins of Parliament/Funkadelic. Further stints as background vocalist (for Madonna, among others) quickly yielded an offer to join an up-and-coming English band spearheading the acid jazz movement. After joining The Brand New Heavies (who had signed with Delicious Vinyl for North America) in 1990, she moved to London, England.
The Heavies, with Davenport as lead vocalist, recorded two albums together. Their self-titled debut yielded hits "Dream Come True", "Stay This Way", and "Never Stop". Their 1994 follow-up Brother Sister had considerable hits in "Dream On Dreamer", written by N'Dea and superproducer Dallas Austin, and the soulful and inspirational title track "Brother Sister".
Though her solo aspirations were postponed to join the Heavies, she tasted moderate success in 1993 being featured on "Trust Me", a collaboration with rapper Guru. She departed from the band in 1994 to pursue a solo career after the release of Brother Sister. Her critically acclaimed solo debut album was produced in part by Dallas Austin and Davenport herself. The self-titled album was released June 30, 1998 on V2 Records. Several singles were culled from the album internationally including "Whatever You Want", "Underneath A Red Moon", "Bring It On" and "Bullshittin". The latter was released with remixes that featured a guest rap by Mos Def for radio. Davenport would continue to work on the odd project here and there, but the next few years would be relatively quiet on her career front.
Briefly emerging for 2001's Roger Sanchez/Armand Van Helden's "You Can't Change Me", Davenport rejoined the Brand New Heavies in April 2006 to record the reunion album Get Used To It released in June 2006 on the band's alma mater label Delicious Vinyl. Most recently, Davenport, who had lived in New Orleans since 1995, released the apparently Hurricane Katrina-inspired "One Day My Love" on Peace Bisquit/Curvve Recordings in April 2006. She had sold her property in New Orleans just 3 months before the storm struck in August 2005. The song has peaked at #23 on the Billboard Dance Charts. The single was also released in the UK in 2007.
|Studio album by N'Dea Davenport|
|Released||June 30, 1998|