Pamala Stanley was never well known in the pop or R&B markets, but in dance music, the singer was held in high regard in the late '70s and early to mid-'80s. A native and resident of Dallas, Stanley first grabbed the attention of dance/club DJs in 1979, when she recorded her debut album, This Is Hot, for EMI. The LP fared well in Latin and gay clubs, both of which proved to be equally receptive to three singles she recorded in the '80s: "I Don't Want to Talk About It" in 1983, "Coming Out of Hiding" in 1984, and the rock-influenced "If Looks Could Kill" in 1985. The latter was recorded that same year by Heart, who approached the song as arena rock instead of dance-pop. After that, Stanley retired from music to be a full-time mother, much to the dismay of her fans. In 1990, Beachwood released Coming Out of Hiding: The Sequel, a CD containing remixes of Stanley's club hits, and in the mid-'90s, "Coming Out of Hiding" received a folk-rock makeover from the New York-based female group Her Sister.
by Alex Henderson