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Peggi Blu SaveOurSoul artist of the Month December 2002

PEGGI BLU

Livin' On Love
Peggi Blu

BIOGRAPHY

Like many of today's top singers, Peggi Blu got her start in the church. At the age of three her mother used to sit her on the stage where she would, in the words of someone who remembers being there, "...sing up a storm!". By the time she was a teenager, she had toured all through the Carolinas, and decided to try her luck in New York. For the next fifteen years she established herself as one of New York's top background singers, backing up such stars as Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Bob Dylan, and many others. All this 'backing up' led to a record deal in 1980 with MCA, resulting in the album I Got Love. This album yielded a single, "Dancing In The Streets", which reached #35 on Billboard's dance music chart; the title song "I Got Love" was featured in the ABC movie Off The Minnesota Strip (starring Hal Holbrook). Peggi also co-starred in two Broadway musicals - The Wiz(1983, with Stephanie Mills) and Marilyn, An American Fable (1984, with director Kenny Ortega and star Scott Bakula).

In 1986, though, she got her biggest break yet. Her agent submitted her to Star Search. They loved her. In only eight minutes and four shows (two minutes per song) Peggi Blu became the 1986 Grand Champion Female Vocalist, winning the $100,000.00 prize money!

This massive television exposure led to a huge recording contract with Capitol Records. Moving to California, Peggi spent the rest of 1986 and most of 1987 working on Blu Blowin'. This album did very well in England, reaching as high as #4 on the club charts. It also received critical raves from reviewers in Billboard, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and USA Today. TV appearances included Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America. A single, "Tender Moments", stayed on Billboards' R&B charts for a respectable eight weeks, peaking at #28.

On January 1, 2000, Peggi sang with one of the biggest stars in the world at the biggest, most expensive concert ever - Barbra Streisand's Millenium Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That event has been broadcast on FOX television repeatedly.

At President Clinton's inauguration in Washington Peggi was personally requested to appear and sing. She even got to 'jam' with the President at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena at an exclusive party thrown by his friends.

In 1993 she released another single in England "Love Is The Magic". It peaked at #9 on the Urban Contemporary chart and continues to sell well throughout Europe. From December of 1996 to May of 1997, Peggi headed to Germany to star in Michael Jackson's Production of Sisterella - a successful 4-month long tour. A single from that show featuring Peggi was released by MJJ/Sony in Europe - "I Got The Money". In February of 1998 she returned to Germany to co-star with Linda Hopkins in a revue Wild Women Blues. Peggi is a featured soloist on the title song to the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Desert Heat, as well as singing on the soundtracks to Set It Off (with Queen Latifa and Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Hurricane (with Denzel Washington). She sings a duet with Gerald Alston on the new Manhattans CD Even Now, and has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa Peka-Salonen, and with the Memphis and Hawaiian Symphony Orchestras with Burt Bacharach. Peggi has just finished up her new album - Livin' On Love, being released initially in the UK on Expansion/Sony Records.

Peggi has also added her talents to the recordings of some very major stars: Quincy Jones (Back On The Block), Tracy Chapman, Kylie Minogue, Aaron Neville, David Foster ("The 1996 & 2002 Olympics Themes"), Brian Setzer, Young M.C., Cherelle, Burt Bacharach, Irene Cara, The Crusaders, Smokey Robinson, The Staple Singers, Phyllis Hyman, Sweet, Leonard Cohen, Philip Bailey of "Earth Wind & Fire", and a host of others.

SAVEOURSOUL INTERVIEW

SaveOurSoul interview with Peggi Blu
13 December 2002

SaveOurSoul spoke to Peggi Blu just minutes after she did the show "Most Wanted ladies of The Bues" in Switserland.

SaveOurSoul: How was the show Peggi?
Peggi Blu: The show was absolutely delicious.

SOS: Do you consider yourself a blues singer?
Peggi: Absolutely, because everybody has to go through the blues, everybody has the blues. If you've experienced any disorder at any time in your life that's the blues and so to be able to sing about it is a wonderful thing. So yes!

SOS: On your new album "Livin' On Love" i've heard music that i've been missing for such a long time on the radio. Why did it take almost 15 years before you came up with a new Album?
Peggi: Ooh you make my heart sing,thank you! I know you would come up with this question. Everything changed and I was a little bit disillusioned for along time. I didn't know what direction I wanted to go in musically and I wanted to take a lot of time to experience a lot of different things. So I did a lot of theatre, lots of gospelshows and background singing. I also did vocal coaching and a lot of stuff. This way I could clear my head and really understand me and what I wanted to do and then we came up with "Livin On Love" and i'm so proud of it.

SOS: Is it an advantage to explore these fields e.g. musicals as a singer?
Peggi: Yes, it is an advantage it helps you even with more discipline.

SOS: How would you describe the music on your album?
Peggi: Delicious, delicious, delicious. It goes right through the soul of you. Through the heart right to the soul!

SOS: It's an album made with love and passion.
Peggi: Yes that's exactly what we were aiming for. This is really grown up adult music. You have to wear long pants to enjoy this fully. It's for people who love life and who love eachother and who love music.

SOS: Are you from North Carolina ?
Peggi: Yes i'm from North Carolina, but I left when I was a pre-teen and then lived in New York for many years and now i'm in California.

SOS: Which cut on "Livin'On Love" reflects more or less the most of you?
Peggi: (note:here Peggi begins to sing live in the show the lyrics of the title song 'Livin on Love' -I just wanna lie here beside you !-) Livin On Love!

SOS: Thank you so much Peggi. We love you!
Peggi: Thank you, I love you too!

Copyright © 2002, SaveOurSoul
ALBUMS
Livin' On Love
2002
Blu Blowin'
1987
I Got Love
1980
 
Livin' On Love
2002
Peggi Blu - Livin' On Love Track Listing:
1. I can't wait
2. Uh oh
3. I never loved a man before
4. Can't go back
5. Long after midnight
6. Secret garden

7. Go away little boy
8. Crazy for you
9. Where is your love
10. Never let me go
11. Livin' on love
12. When I call you mine
Click here to buy Livin' On Love
Blu Blowin'
1987
I Got Love
1980
 
www.peggiblu.com the official Peggi Blu website
www.expansionrecords.com Peggi Blu's Record Label.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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