Sinitta Biography

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Sinitta Renay Malone, 19 October 1966, Seattle, Washington, USA. The daughter of singer Miquel Brown, Sinitta’s brand of manufactured disco-pop was aided by competent studio production and songwriting assistance by a variety of talent, namely the Stock, Aitken And Waterman team, plus, at various times, Ralf Rene Maue, Paul Hardcastle and James George Hargreaves. Though she was born in America, Sinitta attended boarding school in Britain from an early age. In 1980, she gained a part in The Wiz, and later stage appearances included a part in the David Essex musical, Mutiny. Her pop career was launched when ‘So Macho’/‘Cruising, which had originally stalled at UK number 47 in March 1986, climbed to the number 2 position three months later. Sinitta’s pleasant appearance went a long way in securing, for a while, constant coverage in the British teen pop magazines. This was reflected her run of UK hits on the Fanfare label in the latter half of the 80s, distinguished by three further Top 10 singles, ‘Toy Boy’ (number 4, July 1987), ‘Cross My Broken Heart’ (number 6, March 1988) and ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (number 4, June 1989). A cover version of the 1973 Robert Knight hit ‘Love On A Mountain Top’ reached number 20 in October 1989. Although her run of hit singles had begun to dry up, she signed a major label contract with Arista Records in 1992. ‘Shame Shame Shame’ stalled at number 28 in July, however. In early 1993, she released The Supreme EP, which as the name suggests featured a collection of Supremes cover versions. She subsequently concentrated on the theatre and A&R work, and found religion, but returned to the pop scene at the end of the decade.

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

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