|Genres:||Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||pop female vocalists soul 80s 90s british|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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11 April 1966, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. Stansfield started her musical career singing in her early teens, entering and winning several talent contests. She gained valuable experience presenting the Granada television childrens programme, Razzamatazz in the early 80s. After quitting the programme Stansfield teamed up with former school friends and budding songwriters Andy Morris and (Lisas boyfriend) Ian Devaney to form the white-soul group, Blue Zone in 1983. With backing from Arista Records, they released 1986s Big Thing, and several singles on the Rockin Horse label but achieved little success outside the club circuit. In 1989, the trio were invited by the production team Coldcut (Matt Black and Jonathon Moore) to record the single People Hold On. The single reached the UK Top 20 and prompted former Blue Zone/ Wham! manager Jazz Summers to sign Stansfield as a solo act while retaining Morris and Devaney in the...