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With his smooth tenor and laidback style, Peabo Bryson was precisely the kind of artist who would dominate the urban contemporary era of soul music. Born April 13, 1951 in Greenville, South Carolina, Bryson had been a veteran of the southern soul scene for many years before signing with the Atlanta-based Bang Records. 

His first record was “Underground Music” in 1975. It was a moderate hit, as was the follow-up single “Smile” and "I Can Make It Better." The Peabo LP was issued in 1976, and he became a regional star. During this time he also performed in Michael Zager’s Moon Band.

Bryson began to have a major impact upon signing with Capitol in 1978. Reaching For The Sky kicked off a four year period of hits that saw him rise to the ranks of elite soul singers. Ballads were Bryson’s specialty, and the emergence of quiet storm and urban contemporary radio formats that emphasized mellow music instead of the funk and disco grooves of the day gave his records extensive airplay. Sky was certified gold, and “I’m So Into You” and “Let The Feeling Flow” were top 10 singles.

In addition to his solo success, Bryson also became widely known for duets. Some of his most famous duet partners were Natalie Cole (“Gimme Some Time”), Roberta Flack (“Tonight I Celebrate My Love”), and Minnie Riperton (“Here We Go”).

Bryson had continued success after moving to Elektra in the mid 1980s, where he scored with “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” and a cover of “Show And Tell.”

In the 90s, his Disney duets with Celine Dion ("Beauty And The Beast") and Regina Belle ("A Whole New World") resulted in the only Grammy awards of his career. 

     
Peabo Bryson's Deepest Grooves

Peabo
(Bullet, 1976)

Reaching for the Sky (Capitol, 1978)

Crosswinds (Capitol, 1978)

The Best Of Friends (with Natalie Cole) (Capitol, 1979)

Paradise (Capitol, 1980)

Live & More (with Roberta Flack) (Atlantic, 1980)

Turn the Hands of Time (Capitol, 1981)

I Am Love (Capitol, 1981)

Don't Play with Fire (Capitol, 1982)

Born to Love (Capitol, 1983)

Straight From the Heart (Elektra, 1984)

Take No Prisoners (Elektra, 1985)

Quiet Storm (Elektra, 1986)

Positive (Elektra, 1988)

All My Love (Capitol, 1989)

Can You Stop the Rain (Columbia, 1991)

Through the Fire (Columbia, 1994)

Peace on Earth (Capitol, 1997)

Family Christmas (Great Noise, 1998)

Unconditional Love (Private Music, 1999)

Missing You (Peak Records, 2007)

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