March 23 2017 – Lumidee

Today we’re going to take a look back at singer/songwriter Lumidee Cedeno, who recorded her debut album back in 2003 after being discovered by local producer DJ Tedsmooth. The title ‘Almost Famous’ proved to be quite ironic as lead single “Never Leave You (Uh Oh)” was huge but became the singers only big hit to date. This was such a tune back in the day and marked Lumidee out as a unique artist who stood apart from the more generic RnB artists that populated the charts at the time.

t’s easy to dismiss Lumidee as a one-hit wonder but she actually had a number of album tracks that could have been released as successful singles if marketed properly. ‘Crashin’ A Party’ was the only other official release from ‘Almost Famous’ but the song performed poorly on the charts, despite an appearance by superstar rapper N.O.R.E.

Lumidee released her second album ‘Unexpected’ in 2007 and although it received better reviews than her debut, the follow up failed to make much of  impact on the charts. Lead single ‘She’s Like The Wind’ was a cover of an 80s Patrick Swayze hit from ‘Dirty Dancing’, which was perhaps not the most obvious path to commercial success but this collaboration with US singer Tony Sunshine succeeded in showing off another side to the New York RnB singer.

Lumidee only released one more track from her second album and it turned out to be her last official single release.

Since her second album flopped, Lumidee has only made an occasional guest appearance here and there with little chart success. In 2008, Lumidee featured on a song called ‘Let Go’ which was performed by a Romanian pop singer called Corina, followed by a series of increasingly bizarre collaborations.

Just when it seemed like Lumidee’s music career had come to an end, the Latino singer released a brand new video at the end of 2012 for the track ‘Party All Week’. This upbeat club anthem is a step in the right direction for the RnB performer and I hope that its release means that a new album is in the works for her.

Kristy

Cammo and Kristy host Swift Impulse Thursday nights from 10PM onward on 88.3 Southern FM. The show comprises of various segments, with an RnB and Urban music theme, with frequent songs from local and international artists.

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