Underrated Black Singers: When I worked at Urban Network in the early 90s, a then unknown Rachelle Ferrell used to come up and hang out learning how the industry worked. Capitol records didn’t seem to have much interest in promoting her stellar R&B debut album so she found a way to promote herself. Rachelle once admitted that it took her 20 years to become that overnight sensation that people thought she was so I can understand why she was determined not to let the opportunity pass her by. That first album with “Waiting,” “Nothing Has Ever Felt like This” and “Sentimental” is still being played 20 years later at various adult stations but who cares about radio (lol) Rachelle moved in a different direction after the first CD perhaps leaving some hardcore fans confused. The last thing I heard her on was Lalah Hathaway’s CD on a remake of “I’m Coming Back” an outstanding song written by Gary Taylor. No disrespect to Lalah but I would have loved to have heard Rachelle take on that song herself and knock it out the park. The last time I saw her she looked amazing. Hardcore vegetarian I hear. Hopefully we will hear more from her in the near future.
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