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Yazz
Yazz
Yasmin M. Evans[1]
Born (1960-05-19) 19 May 1960 (age 57)
Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Genres Dance, funk, Christian
Musician, model
Instruments Vocals
1988-present
Labels Big Life, Polydor, eastwest, Elevation
Website www.yazzmusic.co.uk

Yazz (born Yasmin Evans, 19 May 1960)[2] is a British pop singer, who remains best known for her successful 1988 dance track, "The Only Way Is Up". Some of her records were credited to Yazz & The Plastic Population.

Career

Yazz was born in Shepherd's Bush, London, to a Jamaican father and English mother. She attended Holland Park School, where she excelled at sports, including the 400 metres. She was also a member of the England under-19 volleyball team. After a spell as a catwalk model, she scored a number of club hits after recording with the group The Biz in 1983. Her first commercial success came in early 1988, when she supplied the vocals on Coldcut's "Doctorin' the House".[3] She soon launched a solo career on Big Life records, a label set up by her husband Jazz Summers, releasing her debut single, "The Only Way Is Up", in the summer of 1988. It went on to spend five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart,[4] eventually becoming the second biggest selling UK single of the year. Suddenly one of Britain's biggest pop acts, her follow-up was another big hit ("Stand Up for Your Love Rights", UK number 2 [4]), whilst her debut album, Wanted (UK number 3[4]) was certified double platinum in the UK in September 1989,[5] for sales exceeding 600,000.[6]

She had a fourth UK top 10 single in 1989 with "Fine Time",[4] but has since recorded only sporadically. A second Big Life album, titled Revolution of Love,[7] was scheduled for release in 1990 following the single "Treat Me Good" (peaking at number 20 in the UK[4]). The album was shelved, however, when Yazz parted ways with the label.

Yazz signed with Polydor Records, and an album titled One True Woman was scheduled for release in May 1992[8] following the release of the title track, but was also cancelled. Yazz returned to the Top 40 in 1993, performing with Aswad on the hit "How Long".[4] Her second album, One on One was finally released in 1994, including some of the tracks recorded for the One True Woman album.

Yazz continued to release singles throughout the 1990s, including a cover version of The Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye". In 1997 she released the covers album The Natural Life after signing with East West Records. The album was released in Japan, Australia, and some parts of Europe, but not in the UK.

It was during this period that she began to reevaluate her career choices and wanted to give up not only this lifestyle which included her failed marriage to Summers (their union had resulted in a daughter, Rio, born in April 1990[8]), but also her dependency on drinking. After she had researched various religions, a friend who used to be her hairstylist suggested to her that she try visiting her church. Soon after that, she decided to "turn her life over to Christ".[9]

Her 2008 album Running Back to You, distributed in the UK by ICC Records, charted her spiritual journey and her new-found Christian faith. Yazz is now based in Spain,[10] and is an active member of the Calahonda Baptist Church. Yazz returns to Britain occasionally to promote this album, performing songs from it live interspersed with several anecdotes pertaining to her faith.[]

In August 2009, she performed with a full band on stage for the first time in several years at a church in Southampton. In October 2010, Yazz performed again with a full band at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, home of the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship.[]

A 3-CD remastered deluxe edition of the Wanted album, containing Yazz's 1990 single "Treat Me Good", B-sides and remixes, was released on Cherry Red Records on 25 November 2016.[11]

Discography

Albums

Year Album UK
[4]
AUS
[12]
GER
[13]
NED
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[17]
1988 Wanted 3 43 35 80 27 8 19
1989 The Wanted Remixes 53[18] -- -- -- -- -- --
1994 One on One -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 The Natural Life -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 At Her Very Best and All the Greatest Hits 166[19] -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 Running Back to You -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 This Is Love -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[4][20]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[21]
BEL (FLA)
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
IRE
[25]
NED
[26]
NOR
[27]
NZ
[28]
SWE
[16]
SWI
[29]
US
[30]
US Dance
[31]
1988 "Doctorin' the House" (Coldcut featuring Yazz & The Plastic Population) 6 45 -- 40 -- 11 16 20 -- 33 -- 4 -- 3 What's That Noise?
(by Coldcut)
"The Only Way Is Up" (as Yazz & The Plastic Population) 1 2 5 1 4 3 1 1 5 1 1 2 96 2 Wanted
"Stand Up for Your Love Rights" 2 22 29 4 19 10 1 6 -- 8 12 7 -- 5
1989 "Fine Time" 9 60 -- 28 31 32 4 42 -- 18 -- 25 -- --
"Where Has All the Love Gone" 16 83 -- -- -- 40 30 86 -- -- -- -- -- --
1990 "Yazz' Megamix" (France only) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- singles only
"Treat Me Good" 20 100 -- -- -- 55 -- 48 -- -- -- 28 -- 7
1992 "One True Woman" 60 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
1993 "How Long" (with Aswad) 31 -- -- -- -- 52 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- One on One
1994 "Have Mercy" 42 -- -- -- -- 86 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" 56 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1996 "Good Thing Going" 53 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The Natural Life
1997 "Never Can Say Goodbye" 61 240 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998 "Abandon Me" 78 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- single only
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
  2. ^ Heathcote, Charlotte (23 May 2010). "Yazz at 50: The only way is uplifting God | UK | News | Daily Express". Express.co.uk. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 613. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Official Charts > Yazz". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "BPI Certified Awards > Search Results > Yazz". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-10-14. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "The Top of the Pops Chart > January 8-14, 1989". Record Mirror. Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Yazz 'Treat Me Good' (US promotional poster)". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b "Yazz ? One True Woman (liner notes from the 'One True Woman' UK promotional CD single)". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Life and Music of 80s Pop sensation: Yazz from YouTube
  10. ^ "Yazz at 50: The Only Way is Uplifting God". Northern and Shell Media Publications. Archived from the original on 2015-10-14. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "New Releases > Wanted: 3CD Deluxe Digipak Edition - Yazz". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  13. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Yazz - Wanted". GfK Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-10-14. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Dutch Charts > Yazz - Wanted (album)". DutchCharts. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "charts.org.nz > Yazz - Wanted (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "hitparade.ch > Yazz - Wanted". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts (3rd ed.). London: Music Sales Limited. p. 1213. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Official Charts > Coldcut". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "austriancharts.at > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ Belgian (FLA) peaks:
  23. ^ "lescharts.com > Discographie Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ German singles chart peaks:
  25. ^ Irish singles chart peaks:
  26. ^ Dutch singles chart peaks:
  27. ^ "norwegiancharts.com > Yazz". Hung Medien. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ New Zealand singles chart peaks:
  29. ^ Swiss singles chart peaks:
  30. ^ "Chart Histories > Chart runs for: Yazz". Imgur. Retrieved . 
  31. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance Disco 1974-2003. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 285. ISBN 0-89820-156-X. 

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