Angela Bofill Biography

1954, West Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, Bofill began writing songs at the age of 12. She formed her first group while still at high school, the Puerto Rican Supremes, who performed in church and at local school dances. Her father, a Latin music singer, had once sung with Cuban band leader Machito. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, she toured with Ricardo Morrero and recorded her first single, ‘My Friend’, which earned her a nomination as best Latin female vocalist from Latin New York magazine. Encouraged by this success, she embarked on a solo career, writing and performing the jazz suite ‘Under The Moon And Over The Sky’ in conjunction with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She then became lead vocalist with the Dance Theater of Harlem Chorus, and performed alongside Stan Getz and Benny Goodman at Madison Square Garden.

Following an introduction by Dave Valentin, she was signed as a soloist with Dave Grusin’s GRP Records label. Her 1978 debut, Angie, included a reworking of ‘Under The Moon’, as well as ‘Baby, I Need Your Love’ and ‘The Only Thing I Would Wish For’. Straying from jazz, Bofill worked in more conventional soul and R&B territory on her albums for Arista Records, where she teamed with producer Narada Michael Waldren before the System production team helmed her final three efforts for the label. She moved to Capitol Records later in the decade, where producers including Norman Connors were invited to assist. Bofill continued to tour widely between recording sessions, often with the New York Jazz Explosion, and also guested on Stanley Clarke’s ‘Where Do We Go?’ cut (from his Hideaway album). Although yet to chart a hit single outside the Billboard R&B lists, she recorded increasingly impressive albums in the 90s within the jazz soul style, establishing herself as an accomplished vocalist.

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

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