Nona Hendryx

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

9 October 1944, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. A former member of both the Blue-Belles and LaBelle, the singer’s departure from the latter group in 1977 precipitated their demise. Hendryx began a solo career in which strong visual elements were combined with a black rock direction. During the 80s, she enjoyed a consistent run of R&B hits, notably with ‘Keep It Confidential’ (number 22, March 1983), ‘I Sweat (Going Through The Motions)’ (number 28, March 1984), and ‘Why Should I Cry?’ (number 5, April 1987), the latter also reaching number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In addition to soul material, though, Hendryx also produced a series of hard rock albums and collaborated with acts as diverse as Material, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson and Afrika Bambaataa. Skindiver was a very personal creation defying easy musical categorization.

In 1992, Hendryx returned to her soul roots with a...

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