Gwen Guthrie

Genres: Disco Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": disco soul 80s funk dance 80s soul disco funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

9 July 1950, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 3 February 1999, Orange County, New Jersey, USA. Prior to her involvement within the reggae industry, Guthrie was a classically trained pianist while at school and a fine vocalist, culminating in her joining the Ebonettes and the Matchmakers alongside the lead singer from Cameo, Larry Blackmon. After graduating, Guthrie pursued a career in teaching but later returned to the recording studios as a session vocalist. As well as demonstrating her vocal skills she found time to collaborate with Patrick Grant writing songs for Sister Sledge and Ben E. King. In 1976 Guthrie embarked on a US tour with Roberta Flack, which led to a long association, including sessions with Donny Hathaway. In 1978 Guthrie relocated to Jamaica, although she occasionally returned to the USA for session work. Her presence on the island led to soulful vocal contributions behind Peter Tosh for the release of Bush Doctor, Mystic Man and Wanted Dread And...

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