Cathy Dennis Biography

25 March 1969, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Dennis displayed early vocal poise and by the age of 13 she was singing in her father’s Alan Dennis Band at Butlin’s holiday resorts. Cathy started her career proper in the mid-80s singing in a covers band where she was spotted by Dancin’ Danny D’s manager, Simon Fuller, at the time looking for a female singer to work with the producer and remixer. She subsequently signed to Polydor Records and started writing her own songs and recording solo. She put this parallel career on hold to work with Danny D’s D-Mob, between them achieving a chart hit with ‘C’Mon And Get My Love’. While other D-Mob tracks employed a variety of backing vocalists, Dennis was also featured on ‘That’s The Way Of The World’.

By the end of 1989 Dennis was able to resume her solo career with ‘Just Another Dream’ and her debut album. Her first significant success came in the US, with three Top 10 hits including ‘Touch Me (All Night Long)’, after which recognition in her native country followed. She was, in fact, the most successful UK singles artist in the US charts in 1991. The following year’s Into The Skyline saw her team with Madonna’s favoured producer, Shep Pettibone. She also reunited with Danny D for the 1994 D-Mob single, ‘Why’, and sang background vocals on the P.M. Dawn hit ‘Looking Through Patient Eyes’. In 1995, she released the Japan-only single, ‘Love’s A Cradle’, providing English lyrics to Japanese composer Ryo Aska’s music (the track was later released on One Voice - The Songs Of Chage And Aska).

The following year Dennis released her new album, the singer-songwriter orientated Am I The Kinda Girl?, but by the late 90s was concentrating on a lucrative songwriting career, penning hits for artists including S Club 7 (‘Never Had A Dream Come True’, ‘Have You Ever’), Will Young (‘Anything Is Possible’), Britney Spears (‘Toxic’), Kylie Minogue (‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’), Sugababes (‘About You Now’), and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (‘Catch You’). Both ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and ‘Anything Is Possible’ won Ivor Novello Awards, and Dennis also shared a Grammy Award with Minogue in 2004 for the single ‘Come Into My World’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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