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Peabo Bryson
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Peabo Bryson at the Soul Food Festival in Louisville, KY 2016
Background information
Birth name Robert Peapo Bryson
Born (1951-04-13) April 13, 1951 (age 67)
Origin Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Genres R&B, soul, soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, keyboardist, dancer, composer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1976–present
Labels Bullet / Bang (1975–1976)
Capitol (1977–1983, 1989)
Elektra (1984–1988)
Columbia (1990–1995)
Private Music (1996–2000)
Peak (2007–2013)
Perspective (2018-present)

Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson; April 13, 1951, given name changed from "Peapo" to Peabo c. 1965) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing soul ballads (often as a duo with female singers) and has contributed to three Disney animated feature soundtracks. Bryson is winner of two Grammy Awards.

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SHAWN: Hey, hey! - Hey! SHAWN: How are you? PEABO: How are you? Hi, Chef! You guys ready to cook? PEABO: Always. TANYA: Let's do it! All right, come on in. This is so sweet of Monique to set this up. Peabo and Tanya need to spend some quality time together, and they need spice in their relationship. Chef Shawn-- he's got spice in spades. We're doing a sweet potato and curry soup. (GASPING) Oh, I love curry! [INAUDIBLE]. And then we're going to do a spicy crab. It's going to be on a crispy rice stick. Oh wow. And then we're going to do some lamb chops. And I got a basket of herbs for you to go crazy on-- Yay! --and see how we can flavor these up. All right, let's get started with soup, all right? OK! Well, this is a mirepoix right here that I got chopped up for you guys. So it's just basic celery, onions, and carrots. Right. SHAWN: All right. It's good. SHAWN: My background in cooking is I graduated from culinary school in 2004. And I've been cooking professionally for about 15 years now. So you guys want to toss it into the pot there? TANYA: He's like my singing chef. [LAUGHTER] Now I just need you to sing, honey. - Yes. - Right? Yeah, all we need is an audience and money.



He had two sisters and a brother and spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in Mauldin, South Carolina. His love for music stemmed from his mother, who often took the family to concerts of well-known African-American artists at the time.

Bryson marked his professional debut at age 14, singing backup for Al Freeman and the Upsetters, a local Greenville group. It was Freeman's difficulty in pronouncing Bryson's French West-Indian name, "Peapo", that led Bryson to change its spelling to Peabo. Two years later, he left home to tour the chitlin' circuit with another local band, Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. Bryson's first break came during a recording session at Atlanta's Bang Records. Although Bang was not impressed with Dillard's band, the young backup singer caught the ear of the label's general manager, Eddie Biscoe. Biscoe signed Bryson to a contract as a writer, producer, and arranger and encouraged Bryson to perform his own songs. For several years, Bryson worked with hometown bands and wrote and produced for Bang.[citation needed] In 1976, he launched his own recording career with "Underground Music" on the Bang label. His first album, Peabo, followed shortly thereafter. Although only a regional success, Bryson signed to Capitol Records in 1977.[1]

Bryson's greatest solo hits include 1977's "Feel the Fire" and "Reaching for the Sky", 1978's "I'm So Into You" and "Crosswinds", 1982's "Let the Feeling Flow", 1984's "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (his first Top 10 pop single, at #10 in the US), 1989's "Show and Tell", and the 1991 hit "Can You Stop the Rain". In 1985, he appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live to sing a lyrical version of its theme song.[2] Bryson's vocals were added to the regular theme song in 1987 and his voice was heard daily until 1992. He recorded the successful album of romantic love duets with Roberta Flack (Born to Love) in 1983. In partnership with Regina Belle, Bryson recorded two hit duets: "Without You", the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, recorded in 1987 and "A Whole New World", the main theme of the Disney's animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992. Bryson and Belle recorded four duets over the years: "Without You" (in 1987), "I Can't Imagine" (in 1991), "A Whole New World" (in 1992) and "Total Praise" (in 2009).

Among his romantic love songs and duets are:

Bryson won two Grammy Awards: in 1992 for his performance of the song "Beauty and the Beast" with Celine Dion and in 1993 for "A Whole New World" with Regina Belle.

In Spring 1998, Bryson contributed his voice to Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with the song "Dream (Twinken's Tune)".

Bryson performed in theater and operatic productions, most notably the tenor role of "Sportin' Life" in the Michigan Opera Theater of Detroit's version of Porgy and Bess. His tax problems caught up with him on August 21, 2003, when the U.S. Internal Revenue Service seized property from his Atlanta, Georgia, home. He is reported to owe $1.2 million in taxes dating back to 1984. The IRS auctioned many of his possessions, including both Grammy Awards, electronic equipment, his grand piano and multiple pairs of shoes including the 2 Versace pair purchased by Nashville Bassist and Florida native Justin Lowry.[3]

In 2002, Bryson's "Beauty and the Beast" music video was included on the platinum and Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast. His "A Whole New World" music video was included on the platinum edition DVD release of Aladdin. Bryson's CD, Missing You, was released on October 2, 2007 on Peak Records, a division of Concord Music Group. He is set to release the highly anticipated new album "Stand for Love" due out August 3, 2018. "Stand for Love" finds the Grammy Award-winning R&B/Pop icon teaming with longtime hitmakers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. He is currently signed to the songwriting/production duo’s Perspective Records, distributed by Caroline.

September 4, 2016 was declared "Peabo Bryson Day" in Charleston, SC and North Charleston, SC during the LowCountryJazzFest. The annual jazzfest is presented by, founded by Dr. Thaddeus Bell.

In 2018, Bryson will release his new album Stand For Love, which was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The project will be released on Jam & Lewis' newly reactivated label, Perspective Records.[4]

Personal life

Before marrying his present wife, Tanya Boniface, Bryson was engaged several times to Juanita Leonard, the former wife of boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard.[5] In the 1990s, he became engaged to Angela Thigpen, former Miss Virginia Teen USA and later a model/actress.[6] Bryson and Boniface have a son, Robert, born January 1, 2018.

Bryson also has a daughter, Linda, from a previous relationship.[5]


External links


  1. ^ "Peabo Bryson Biography". Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Ask Us". Soap Opera Digest. 34 (22): 105–106. June 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (2004-01-12). "Peabo Bryson's Grammys, other possessions, auctioned to pay $1.2 million tax debt". Jet Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-07. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Peabo Bryson Gets Ready to 'Stand for Love' on New Album Coming Aug. 3". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b Peabo Bryson Biography Accessed 7-24-2010.
  6. ^ Harper, Jane. "Whatever Happened To..." The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) Sept. 28, 1998. Link to article Retrieved 7-24-2010.
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