Darlene Lewis

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Garage diva from the USA in the early 90s whose original ‘Let The Music (Lift You Up)’, licensed in England through the London-based duo Network, started a strange, and influential chain of events…
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Garage diva from the USA in the early 90s whose original ‘Let The Music (Lift You Up)’, licensed in England through the London-based duo Network, started a strange, and influential chain of events in dance music. Manchester band Loveland (affiliated to the Eastern Bloc record shop/label) released their own version of the record without obtaining sample clearance. A major war of legal attrition looked sure to ensue, until both parties agreed to release a joint version, performing together on Top Of The Pops. The case was hailed in turn as a perfect example of inter-artist co-operation and goodwill. Lewis herself is a former music student who was spotted as a waitress ‘humming’ by producer Hassan Watkins. Asking her to put words to the tune, a few minutes later she received a standing ovation from the clients of the restaurant. Not surprising, perhaps, as she was already engaged in the process of winning more than 40 awards for her opera singing. Although she also loves country, rock and opera, she has an instinct for club music that was honed in the Chicago house party scene. Following the success of ‘Let The Music (Lift You Up)’, she was signed to Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label.