With just a few weeks from the eighth edition of the annual Nile Gold Jazz Safari, we take a look at Karyn Layvonne White who will be one of the Jazz Maestros that will headline the event.
Karyn Layvonne White is an American singer who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She is best known for her R&B singles; Superwoman, Secret Rendezvous, The Way You Love Me, and the Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Romantic” White’s self-titled debut album Karyn White was released in 1988. It was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface and achieved platinum status. It contained the hit singles “The Way You Love Me”, “Secret Rendezvous” which became her biggest hit at the time.
She was nominated in the Best R&B/Urban Contemporary New Artist category for the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. She was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. She became the first female artist to have their first three solo releases hit number one on the R&B charts.
Her follow-up album was Ritual of Love in 1991 with songs like “The Way I Feel About You but it never hit the charts. Her next album was Make Him Do Right in 1994. The album did not sell well, although she did chart with the singles “Hungah” and the Baby face-penned “Can I Stay with You”, “I’d Rather Be Alone”, her last chart single to date. She dropped out of the music public eye to start a family in 1999 and later joined the Real Estate business.
The 80s R&B star is gearing up for her comeback with an album that details the whirlwind life. White says she finally has the desire to sing again after an 18-year music sabbatical. She has no regrets for walking away from the music industry, but believes her return should be one to look forward to.
“I’m back as a spiritual person who appreciates the art and the music. People still come to me on the street and ask me to sing Superwoman I’m really glad that I made that kind of impression; that I made songs that help women find their voice. When I’m on stage singing that song I can’t help but think, “God, this is a testimony.”
Karyn white is back with another theme called “Sista, Sista” off her new album Carpe Diem. With that she is still dreaming of a surprise comeback. You can count on her to pleasantly surprise us during her performance at the Kampala Serena Hotel.