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Who Is Peabo Bryson, An American R&B And Soul Singer-Songwriter?

Peabo Bryson


Robert Peapo “Peabo” Bryson, a balladeer, was born on April 13, 1951, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Marie Bryson. He is the youngest of three siblings. At the age of 14, he began his professional career as a featured vocalist for the regional ensemble Al Freeman and The Upsetters. Bryson was already a lyricist, arranger, and producer for Bang Records at the age of 16 in 1967. Linda Bryson, his daughter, was born in 1968. By 1970, he was a featured performer with Moses Dillard & the Tex-Town Display.

Bryson’s first album, Peabo, was released in 1976 by Bang’s subsidiary Bullet Records. The album Underground Music was released the same year. It reached number 47 and remained on the charts for six weeks.

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In 1977, he signed a contract with Capitol Records and his first album for the label, Reaching for the Sky, peaked at no. 6 on the R&B charts. The album included the singles “Just Another Day ” that reached no. 27 on the R&B chart and remained there for 14 weeks, and “Feel the Fire” which peaked at no. 13 on Billboard Hot 100 and remained charted for 17 weeks in 1978. The following year, 1979, “I’m So Into You,” reached no. 2 on the R&B chart and stayed up for 18 weeks.


“We Don’t Have To Talk” in 1983 went up to no. 16 and remained charted for 17 weeks, while his duet with Roberta Flack, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” peaked at no. 5 and remained for 20 weeks.

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In 1986, Peabo released the album Quiet Storm which included the singles “Good Combination,” which peaked at no. 44 and stayed up for 12 weeks, and “Catch 22” which peaked at no. 92 and remained charted for three weeks. The single hit “All My Love,” released in 1989, went up to no. 6 and stayed there for 17 weeks, while “Show & Tell” later that year made it to no. 1 on the R&B chart and remained charted for 16 weeks.

Bryson signed a contract with Columbia Records at the start of the 1990s decade. Soon after, he released “Lover’s Paradise,” which peaked at no. 98, and in 1992, he released “Shower You With Love,” which peaked at no. 47 and stayed on the charts for eight weeks. His 1993 single “Lost in the Night” peaked at number 43. Bryson and Celine Dion won a Grammy Award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for Beauty And The Beast in 1993.

He won a Grammy in 1994 for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme). He and Regina Belle were nominated for Record of the Year for their work on the music for the film Aladdin.

Bryson starred in Sportin’ Life, a production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, with the Michigan Opera Theater in 1998. This outstanding performance was followed by his album Unconditional Love for the Private Music label in 1999. It peaked at number 75 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States.

In 2007, Bryson married Tanya Boniface, a 26-year-old English vocalist and former member of the British female group The 411. Bryson began as a solo artist, releasing 21 albums, but his duets with other artists and recordings for films have been his most successful ventures.



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