Possessing a rare five-octave vocal range which truly displays her abundant talent in singing, Shanice Lorraine Wilson easily stood out among the group of other R&B female artists to emerge as one of the celebrated singers of the ’90s. In fact, what makes her distinguishable is not solely considered from that quality, but also her sense of interpretation and emotion she always puts into her every performance that certainly makes her a special music figure in every person’s heart.
Shanice entered show business virtually as a toddler, appearing in a number of musicals and television commercials; by 1984 she was a regular on the series Kids Incorporated, and soon after performed on the program Star Search.
To Shanice’s surprise, a stage performance in the production of “Get Happy” impressed A&M Records executive John McClain so much he offered the 11-year-old a lavish recording contract, which resulted in the release of her first record, ”Discovery”, followed by “No 1/2 Steppin’” and “(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance?”
In 1990 Shanice joined the Motown roster where she teamed with producer Narada Michael Walden and recorded Inner Child, scoring with the infectious smash “I Love Your Smile as well as “I’m Cryin’” and “Lovin’ You.”
These hits propelled her singing career to widespread recognition earning her a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance – Female in 1992.
The success continued as her single for the “Beverly Hills 90210” TV soundtrack entitled “Saving Forever for You” was top ten on three Billboard charts the same year, reaching #4.
Shanice subsequently appeared on a number of movie soundtracks, including Boomerang, Panther, and Disney’s Pocahontas, duetting with Jon Secada on “If I Never Knew You.” Her third solo LP, 21 Ways to Grow, appeared in 1994. On one soundtrack project with Babyface, she so impressed with her vocal abilities,he persuaded her to sign with LaFace Records, afterwards helped her in releasing her fourth album, which was a self-titled one, and also a compilation of her hit songs, “Ultimate Collection: The Best of Shanice” in 1999.
On Valentine’s Day in 2000, she married longtime boyfriend, Flex Alexander and elected to enjoy her role as mother of two children, Imani Shekinah whom she delivered by August 31, 2001 and Elijah Alexander born on March 5, 2004.
Shanice resurfaced with her first single after six years, “Every Woman Dreams”, in June 2005, followed by an album of the same name by February 21, 2006.
She is currently appearing in her own reality show “Flex & Shanice” on the OWN Network.Go back