- Cathy Dennis
Infobox musical artist
Name = Cathy Dennis
Img_size = 175px
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Catherine Roseanne Dennis
Born = birth date and age|1969|3|25
Origin = Norwich,
Genre = Pop
Singer-songwriter Record producer
Years_active = 1989–present
Cathy Dennis (born Catherine Roseanne Dennis, March 25, 1969,
Norwich, England) is a Grammy award-winning dance-oriented pop singer-songwriter, record producerand actress. After a moderately successful international solo career, Dennis has latterly achieved great success as a writer of pop songs, scoring seven UK number 1's and winning five Ivor Novello Awards.
As a teenager she was spotted recording
Stevie Wonder-influenced demos at The Kitchen in Norwich with her father (himself an experienced musician and local restaurateur) on piano. Simon Fullersigned her to his 19 Management company (with whom she is still signed) and to label Polydorat aged 17, and this began a career-long association with the impressario that has seen Dennis provide songs for many Fuller-related artists and projects.cite web |url=http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=24350 |title=Cathy Dennis named Woman Of The Year |accessdate=2008-10-11 |work= Music Week|publisher=United Business Media |date=2006-12-08 ] cite web |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2008/aug/15/popandrock |title=Cathy Dennis proflie |accessdate=2008-10-11 |author=Mark Brown |date=2008-08-15 |work= The Guardian|publisher=Guardian News and Media Limited]
In 2004, Dennis was listed 66th in the Q Magazine list of the top 100 most influential people in music and in 2006 she won the UK music industry's Woman of the Year Award. [cite web |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-music-industrys-100-most-influential-people-733895.html |title=The music industry's 100 most influential people |accessdate=2008-10-11 |author=Ciar Byrne |date=2004-06-29 |work=
The Independent|publisher=independent.co.uk] [cite web |url=http://www.womenoftheyearawards.co.uk/winners.htm |title=Women of the Year |accessdate=2008-10-11 |publisher=www.womenoftheyearawards.co.uk]
Dennis achieved her first success as a vocalist with
D Mob, when their single " C'mon and Get My Love" reached #15 in the UK Singles Chartand #10 in the Billboard Hot 100in 1990. Originally, it had only reached #93 (UK). It is regarded as an underground classic in the dance musicfield, and a second collaboration with D Mob, "That's the Way of the World," was also a major dance hit. It was followed by Dennis' debut album, " Move to This".
She subsequently scored three solo hits, all of which reached the UK Top 20 and the U.S. Top 10. She also enjoyed considerable success in
Japanin the early 1990s. The three solo hits were: "Just Another Dream" (UK #13, U.S #9, Australia#14), which featured Dancin' Danny D on backing vocals; a cover of the Wish (featuring Fonda Rae) 1984 club hit " Touch Me (All Night Long)" (UK #5, US #2, Australia #16), which is probably her most remembered hit to date; and " Too Many Walls" (UK #17, US #8, Australia #57).
Subsequent releases were only minor hits. Her final Top 40 hit in the U.S. was "You Lied to Me" in 1992, taken from her second album "
Into the Skyline", and her final Top 40 hit in the UK was "Waterloo Sunset", which made #11 during 1997. That same year, her last solo single, "When Your Dreams Turn to Dust", peaked in the UK at #43. These two latter singles were both taken from her third and last solo album, " Am I the Kinda Girl?", also including a third single, "West End Pad", the album opening track (UK #23).
"Touch Me (All Night Long)" stayed at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and was kept out of the #1 spot by
Hi-Five's "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" in the first week, and Mariah Carey's " I Don't Wanna Cry" in the second week. The song was a cover and lyrical reworking of a 1984 single by Wish featuring Fonda Rae, which had hit #70 on the U.S. R&B chart that year. "Touch Me (All Night Long)" reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Playchart, and its follow-up, "Too Many Walls", which Dennis co-wrote with Anne Dudleyof Art of Noise(and which bears a striking similarity in part to the ABC track "All of My Heart", which was also co-written with Anne Dudley), was a #1 Adult Contemporaryhit in the United States. It was around this time Dennis agreed to join Club MTV's first tour, booked for six weeks. She dropped out on the third date, later publicly accusing one of Milli Vanilli's members (the tour's headline act) of sexual harassment. During this period, she recorded a song called "Find the Key to Your Life" with David Morales, for the soundtrackto the movie "".
Dennis released her second album, "
Into the Skyline", in December 1992, written with an aim toward the U.S. market. The album featured the singles "You Lied to Me", "Irresistible", "Moments of Love," "Falling", and "Why" - the latter was credited to D Mob with Cathy Dennis. The album got to #8 in the UK Album Chart, whilst in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, "You Lied to Me" was a Top 40 hit, and "Irresistible" made the Adult ContemporaryTop Ten; however, the album descended the chart rapidly. Dennis experienced a brief peak of fame, making a cameo in " Beverly Hills, 90210" singing the song "Moments of Love" (a minor U.S. Adult Contemporary chart hit), "Why" (in the episode, without D Mob) and "Touch Me (All Night Long)". In Japan, the album was called "Into the Skyline +1", and featured three extra tracks: "Nothing Moves Me", a previous B-side, and two tracks that were both released as singles, i.e. "It's My Style", and "Love's a Cradle". She also provided background vocals on PM Dawn's American Top Ten and British Top Twenty hit "Looking through Patient Eyes", released in 1993.
Dennis started to record her third album "Inspiration". The title track was recorded with
Todd Terry, along with another song "Is There Life After You", plus other unknown songs. She decided to stop recording this album and only one song from the sessions has ever been released, "SOS", which can be found on the "Beverly Hills 90210, The College Years" soundtrack.
Dennis made her first attempt at co-writing a song for
Dannii Minoguecalled " Love's on Every Corner".
In 1996, Dennis changed musical track: away from the dance-pop sound of previous releases, to a more traditional singer-songwriter approach. The resulting album, "
Am I the Kinda Girl?", was more in keeping with the Britpopsound of bands such as Blur and performers such as Stephen Duffy, and featured collaborations with Guy Chambersof The Lemon Treesand Andy Partridgeof XTC. However, even though a couple of singles charted in the UK (including a Number 11 cover of Ray Davies' " Waterloo Sunset"), the album failed to make much inroads into the album charts.
Dennis recorded a track that appeared on the
OSTfor " Robin Hood Men in Tights", singing "Marian", in a Duet Version (credited to Cathy Dennis & Lance Ellington).
According to news reports, Dennis is working on a new album under the name Sexcassettes, which she plans to release for 2008. [cite web |url= http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/dennis%20plans%20comeback_1069836 |title=Dennis Plans Comeback|accessdate=2008-07-25] It is reported that it has a "band feel" to it, which is why she is releasing her material under band name. Dennis hopes to release the first single, "Killer Love", by the end of 2008.
Dennis has achieved immense critical and commercial success as a songwriter, winning a number of awards and penning dozens of hit singles. Her association with Simon Fuller has facilitated this, with Dennis providing songs for Fuller acts including the
Spice Girls, S Club 7and the Idol franchise contestants. This began in 1996, when she co-wrote "Bumper to Bumper", the b-side to the Spice Girls' first hit single "Wannabe". Seven Dennis compositions have reached Number One in Britain. " Never Had a Dream Come True" and "Have You Ever", written with Chris Braide(both recorded by S Club 7), "Anything Is Possible" (recorded by Will Young), and "Toxic" (recorded by Britney Spears) all reached the Number One spot, with "Toxic" and "Never Had a Dream Come True" also hitting the Top 10 in the United States. Her highest-selling composition, " Can't Get You out of My Head" (recorded by Kylie Minogue), spent four weeks at Number One in Britain, rekindled interest in Minogue in America (where it hit #7 on the Hot 100), and sold over three million copies worldwide to become the world's second highest selling single in 2001. Her sixth penned number one single was " About You Now", which hit Number One on downloads alone in September 2007 for The Sugababes, and her seventh is the co-written " I Kissed a Girl" for Katy Perry, which also hit Number One in the US. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" also won Dennis an Ivor Novello Awardas 2001's most performed composition. She also won this award two years later for "Anything Is Possible". In the US, Cathy received the Billboard Award for 'Female Artist of the Year' in 1991. Her highest musical accolade state-side is the Grammy Awardfor Best Dance Recordingfor "Come Into My World", recorded by Kylie Minogue (who is also a recipient of the award).
Dennis co-wrote the "
Pop Idol"/" American Idol" theme (on which she also sings), and contestants Will Young, Gareth Gates, Kelly Clarkson, and Clay Aikenhave recorded her songs as their first singles. Clarkson's single " Before Your Love" (a double a-side with " A Moment Like This") was Dennis' first US number 1.cite web |url=http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=713 |title=UK writers win biggest US hit as Clarkson hits number one |accessdate=2008-10-11 |work= Music Week|publisher=United Business Media |date=2002-09-30 ]
Other artists who have recorded Dennis songs include
Dannii Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Carrie Underwood, Céline Dion, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Ronan Keating, Rachel Stevens, Janet Jackson, Thalía, Hear'Say, S Club Juniors, P!nk, Brooke Hogan, Michelle McManus, Hooverphonic, and Jentina.
She has recently collaborated with the British singer
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and songwriter Greg Kurstin, on a track called " Catch You", the first track Ellis-Bextor hadn't been involved with the writing of since her days in theaudience. It peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart.
As of 2007, it was confirmed that Dennis had been working with
Róisín Murphyon her second solo album, " Overpowered". She co-wrote the songs "Sunshine", "Off & On" and "Don't Let It Go to Your Head Boy".She has also co-written a track for Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album and worked with Daniel Merriweather.
She is in the studio with Dr. Luke working with singer
Letoya Lucketton her forthcoming second album.
Move To This" (1990) UK #3, US #67, AUS #32
*"Everybody Move (To the Mixes)" (
Into the Skyline" (1992) UK #8
Am I the Kinda Girl?" (1996) UK #78
*"The Irresistible Cathy Dennis" (2000)
*"Sexcassettes:possible new release for 2008
*'Can't Get That Song Out of Your Head?' 15.12.07 Music Week
List of number-one dance hits (United States)
List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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