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Martha Wash
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Martha Wash (born December 28, 1953) is a two time Grammy nominated American R&B, pop, soul, and house singer and songwriter with a career spanning over five separate decades. Known for her distinctive and powerful dramatic soprano voice., Wash first achieved fame as one half of the successful duo The Weather Girls who released the multi platinum single It's Raining Men in 1982. After the duo disbanded in 1985 Wash made a successful transition into House music as a featured artist on several successful songs which has led her being dubbed by many as The Queen of Clubland with six Dance songs peaking at number one on the American Billboard Charts and a further four Dance songs peaking at number two, her most recent being the 2014 Tony Moran radio edit of I'm Not Coming Down. Wash is also noted for spurring legislation in the 90s that made vocal credits mandatory on CDs and music videos after being denied proper credit (and royalties) for the million selling #1 song Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) after she had been labeled "unmarketable" due to her weight. Wash began her music career as a backing singer for Sylvester. With fellow backing singer Izora Rhodes, she was half of Two Tons O' Fun, who would later be renamed The Weather Girls. As such, they were responsible for providing much of the firepower behind several of Sylvester's earliest releases -- often their voices were mixed so that Sylvester was actually the background singer and Wash's and Rhodes's voices were up front. When they left to pursue a career on their own, they achieved success with a handful of disco-oriented tracks, culminating in the 1982 release "It's Raining Men", a worldwide hit that peaked at No. 2 on the UK singles chart, No. 1 in Australia, No. 1 on the Euro Hot 100, No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 34 on the U.S. R&B chart, and No. 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. It reached the top ten in numerous other countries. "It's Raining Men" receives regular play in dance clubs and R&B radio to this day: it stands as one of the classic songs of the late-disco and Hi-NRG era. The Weather Girls scored moderate, lesser-known hits with "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man for Christmas)" and "No One Can Love You More Than Me" in 1985. Later, when the Weather Girls disbanded, Wash continued to lend her vocals to various dance and house music tracks. Several of them became massive pop, R&B and dance hits. She sang lead vocals on all three of Black Box's U.S. top-forty hits, including the top-ten smashes "Everybody Everybody" and "Strike It Up," as well as "I Don't Know Anybody Else," which charted at No. 23 in the United States. Wash, however, was not featured in any of the music videos as it was customary for Katrin Quinol, a French model, to be used to lip-sync the lyrics. All three of these hit singles continued to receive regular club-play and mainstream radio airplay as of late April 2010. In addition, Wash sang lead vocals on the lesser-known Black Box tracks, "Fantasy," which charted at No. 5 in Great Britain, "Open Your Eyes," and "Hold On." All six of these songs appear on the Black Box album Dreamland. Also, she performed uncredited lead vocals on Seduction's "You're My One and Only (True Love)," and lead vocals on C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. In reaction to her lack of credit on a number of successful dance songs, and exclusion from their accompanied music videos, Wash successfully sued to receive proper credit, and appropriate royalties, as the vocalist on all of these songs. Her success led to federal legislation making vocal credits mandatory on Compact Discs and music videos. After gaining attention to her work thanks in part to the controversy surrounding her lawsuits, she was signed by RCA Records, which led to her eponymous debut solo album in 1992. The album scored three top ten club/dance hits including "Carry On" and "Give It to You," both of which reached number one. In 1994, Wash covered Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" for the soundtrack of the film Disney's D2: The Mighty Ducks. Two years later, in 1996, she recorded a cover version of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" for the soundtrack of the film The First Wives Club. Wash, a notable star within the gay community, continues to record new music into the 21st century such as her first new single in more than 5 years, "You Lift Me Up" - a fusion of gospel and house, which is the first song produced on her own label, Purple Rose Records - 2005. Wash performed in the opening ceremony of the World's first OutGames in Montreal in July 2006. She performed at numerous Human Rights Campaign events in the U.S. The gay-themed podcast Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern dedicated an episode to Wash and she obliged them with an extended telephone interview. In 2006 Wash appeared as a guest on GSN's I've Got a Secret, and performed "It's Raining Men" for the all-gay panel. DJ Tony Moran's compilation CD The Event featured a single featuring Martha entitled "Keep Your Body Working". It reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart for the week ending December 22, 2007. She was a performer at the annual Big Gay Day in Brisbane, Australia on March 9, 2008. She also performed at the Chicago Gay Pride Street Fest on June 28, 2008, at the Nightingale as part of the Birmingham, England, bank holiday festival on August 23, 2008, at Washington, DC Capital Pride on June 14, 2009, and at the Opening Ceremony of the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series in Milwaukee, WI on August 31, 2009. In April 2011, the song and accompanying music video for the song "I've Got You" were released. On Oct. 1, 2012, she was on "The Late Show with David Letterman" celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of "It's Raining Men," which she performed the classic with Paul Schaffer, six back-up singers, three female dancers and three male acrobats descending from the sky. In January 2013 Martha Wash released a solo album Something Good. Her second single It's My Time was written by Swedish singer and songwriter Helena Johansson. In March 2013 she was the special guest for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus in their spring production "Big Gay Sing 6: Club Night Out." 1993: Martha Wash (RCA Records) 1998: The Collection (compilation, Logic Records/BMG Records) 2013: Something Good (Purple Rose Records) Here is a list of the artist's Number One singles (group, solo, credited and uncredited) as determined by Billboard magazine as well as significant entries. Peak chart position for non-number ones shown in (parentheses). Billboard Hot 100 Positions and Australian ARIA Chart positions are depicted in designated parenthesis as well. as one of Two Tons O' Fun: 1978 "Dance (Disco Heat)" (with Sylvester) 1980 "Just Us" (No. 2, Hot Dance Club Play) 1980 "I Got the Feeling" (No. 2, Hot Dance Club Play) 1980 "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven" (No. 2, Hot Dance Club Play) as one of The Weather Girls: 1982 "It's Raining Men" (No. 46, Billboard Hot 100; No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1983 "No One Can Love You More than Me" (No. 26, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1984 "Centipede"(No. 4 R&B, No. 24 Billboard Hot 100) (as one of the backups for this Rebbie Jackson single) 1985 "Well-a-Wiggy" (No. 76, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks) 1989 "You're My One and Only (True Love)(No. 3) (No. 23, Billboard Hot 100)(with Seduction) 1989 "Give You All My Love" Stacy Q 1990 "I Don't Know Anybody Else" (No. 23, Billboard Hot 100; No. 3 AUS, No. 4, UK) (with Black Box) 1990 "Everybody Everybody" (No. 8, Billboard Hot 100; No. 35 AUS) (with Black Box) 1990 "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (No. 1, Billboard Hot 100; No. 3 AUS) (with C+C Music Factory) 1991 "I (Who Have Nothing)" duet with Luther Vandross No. 1 R & B Charts 1991 "Fantasy" (No. 3 AUS, No. 5, UK) (with Black Box) 1991 "Strike It Up" (No. 8, Billboard Hot 100; No. 20 AUS) (with Black Box) 1992 "Carry On" (No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1993 "Give It to You" (No. 90, Billboard Hot 100; No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1993 "Runaround" (No. 10, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1994 "Do You Wanna Get Funky?" (No. 40, Billboard Hot 100; No. 11 AUS) (with C+C Music Factory) 1994 "Leave a Light On" 1995 "It's Raining Men...the Sequel (No. 22) 1996 "Keep on Jumpin'" (with Todd Terry and Jocelyn Brown) (No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1997 "Somethin' Goin' On" (with Todd Terry and Jocelyn Brown) 1998 "Catch the Light" (No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1998 "Come" (No. 4, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 1998 "It's Raining Men...the Sequel" (No. 54 AUS) (duet with RuPaul) 2000 "Listen to the People" (No. 14) 2004 "You Lift Me Up" (No. 4) 2007 "Keep Your Body Working" (with Tony Moran) (No. 1, Billboard Hot Dance Club Play) 2011 "I've Got You" 2013 "It's My Time" 2014 "I'm Not Coming Down Remix EP & Power Mixes Vol 1 & 2 EP (No. 2, Billboard Dance Club Songs)

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