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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Shanice Lorraine Wilson starred in a KFC commercial with Ella Fitzgerald at 9. Later, she was discovered by A&M Records at the age of eleven, and released her debut album, Discovery, in 1987, which wasn’t a huge pop hit, but did score R&B chart action, and the singer a 1987 Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist. She signed a record deal at Motown Records in 1991. Her 1991 album Inner Child contained the popular hit single “I Love Your Smile”. Also included on the album is a cover of Minnie Riperton’s 1974 hit “Loving You”. This and other songs like “Fly Away” helped showcase her rare coloratura soprano talent.

After “I Love Your Smile”, Shanice continued to record albums, including 1999’s Shanice, produced chiefly by Babyface. While she has not achieved significant commercial success with her later albums, she is acknowledged as a talented singer and many of her songs appeared on various soundtracks. She also sings backup and does studio sessions and can be heard on Toni Braxton’s song “Unbreak My Heart”. She can also be heard making vocal contributions to various games. She is married to actor/comedian Flex Alexander, with whom she has two children.

Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox (born May 14, 1973), better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress. She scored the Top 10 Billboard hit singles "I Love Your Smile" and "Silent Prayer" in 1991 and "Saving Forever for You" in 1993. In 1999, Shanice scored another hit song, "When I Close My Eyes," which peaked at number #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. She is widely recognized for her coloratura soprano voice and her ability to sing in the whistle register.

In 1987, at the age of 14, A&M Records released her debut album, Discovery. It produced two top-ten R&B hits, "(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance" and "No ½ Steppin'". Wilson went on to sign a deal with Motown Records in the summer of 1990, releasing Inner Child in late 1991, which included her best-known hit single "I Love Your Smile". It reached the top ten in 22 countries, including the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The album also featured a cover of Minnie Riperton's 1974 hit "Lovin' You", a rendition that brought attention to her five-octave vocal range.

After Inner Child, Wilson continued to record albums, including 1994's 21… Ways to Grow with producer Rhett Lawrence a L.A session musician and Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Dick Smith. This effort was followed by a move to LaFace Records, who released the 1999 album Shanice. While she has not achieved significant commercial success with subsequent albums, she has contributed various tracks for films, such as Boomerang ("Don't Wanna Love You") and The Meteor Man ("It's for You"). Wilson also achieved success with her top-ten hit "Saving Forever for You", from the Beverly Hills 90210 soundtrack. She also recorded "If I Never Knew You", a duet with Jon Secada, for the original soundtrack of Disney's 1995 film Pocahontas.

Shanice performs occasional backing vocals for other artists, and can, for example, be heard on Toni Braxton's "Come on Over Here" and "Un-Break My Heart", as well as Usher's "Bedtime". In 2010 she performed vocals on the track "Behind the Mask", from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael.

In addition to singing, Wilson is also an actress, appearing in 1997 on the Broadway stage as the first black performer to star in the role of Eponine in the musical Les Misérables. In 2001 Shanice also starred in the made-for-TV movie One Special Moment, an adaptation of Brenda Jackson's 1998 novel of the same name.

After a five-year hiatus, Wilson released her fifth studio album Every Woman Dreams on her own label Imajah (named for her two children). The album peaked at #30 on the R&B Albums Chart.

In 2011, Shanice teamed with Niecy Nash and Franchie Davis for the 21st Annual "Diva's Simply Singing" HIV/AIDS charity event.

More recently, she recorded the song "A Midnight Rendezvous" for the 2012 Kinect rhythm game Rhythm Party. She also performed the English theme song for the video game The Bouncer, called "Love Is the Gift".

Shanice and her husband, Flex, are starring in their own reality show Flex & Shanice, which premiered on November 1, 2014, on OWN.


1982; Sang in a television commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken with Ella Fitzgerald,

1984; was a dancer on the serie Kids Inc.,

1985; performed on stage in Get Happy, Los Angeles, signed first album deal with A&M Records, won first place on television program Star Search

1987; her debut album "Discovery" was released

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilson relocated to Los Angeles with her mother and aunt who were interested in pursuing careers in the music industry. At the age of eight, she starred in a KFC commercial with the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. In 1984, she appeared as a regular on Kids Incorporated, and performed on Star Search. Shortly after her appearance on Star Search, she was signed to A&M Records.

On Valentine's Day in 2000, Wilson married actor Flex Alexander. They have two children, a daughter Imani Shekinah and a son Elijah.

 

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