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Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige (born September 3, 1973) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for the 1998 pop hit "Crush".

Her debut album, Jennifer Paige, was released in August 1998, and consisted of guitar-driven mid-tempo songs such as "Questions", "Between You and Me", "Get to Me", and "Just to Have You". Critics took notice of her voice, and Billboard magazine declared that "Paige succeeds in the nearly impossible task of oozing smouldering sensuality without resorting to typical groans and moans; instead, she uses her notably flexible vocal range to convey the emotion of the tune. As a result, she breathes a refreshing intensity into the song."
The lead single, "Crush", was a hit, and was followed by two other singles, "Sober" and "Always You" the latter reaching #6 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

In the summer of 2000, Jennifer Paige recorded a new song for the soundtrack of the film Autumn in New York, called "Beautiful".


Jennifer Paige was born into a musical family in Marietta, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. She began singing at the age of five at local coffeehouses and restaurants with her older brother Chance Scoggins. She continued to Pebblebrook High School to study dance, voice, and performing arts.
At the age 17 she relocated to Los Angeles and toured the country with a top 40 covers act, Joe's Band.
In August 1996, she performed in front of 50,000 people at the Olympic Games in her hometown, Atlanta. The same year, Paige teamed up with producer Andy Goldmark. They began with a dance version of Aretha Franklin's classic, Chain of Fools. The record instantly came to the attention of the German indie label Edel Records, whose president, Jonathan First, was searching for a fresh-faced pop act to establish overseas presence. He was so impressed by Paige's talent that he flew to Los Angeles and gave her a record contract.
The album was followed by two other singles, Sober and Always You, the latter reaching #6 on the Billboard Dance Chart. However, the only successful song from the album was Crush, which is considered a pop staple.
In the summer of 2000, Jennifer Paige recorded a new song for the soundtrack of the film Autumn in New York, called Beautiful.

Paige has said that she has been influenced by singers such as Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, Sade, George Michael and Etta James.

 

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