The ironically-named British group Bliss was founded in Coventry, England in 1986 by vocalist Rachel Morrison and bassist Paul Ralphes. Drawing inspiration from black American folk music, soul, blues and gospel, they soon recruited drummer Chris Baker and guitarist Paul Sirett, and backed by a group of session musicians on organ, piano and brass instruments they introduced their downcast, sophisticated pop with a pair of 1987 indie-label singles, "I Hear You Call" and "Your Love Meant Everything." After signing to Parlophone, in 1989 Bliss issued their debut LP, Loveprayer; while the record failed in both the U.K. and the U.S., the group became major stars everywhere from Germany to New Zealand to Brazil. After 1991's A Change in the Weather, Morrison took a maternity leave, and Bliss never again reformed; Morrison later resurfaced as a solo performer.
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