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Dionne Farris

Biography

Dionne Farris found the attention from the music globe with her vocal efforts to Arrested Development’s discovery hit one “Tennessee,” as well as other tracks over the group’s 1992 debut. Farris began singing in senior high school, executing in her school’s choir in Bordentown, NJ and starring within a creation of Annie. Following that, she sang on Manhattan’s membership circuit, both single and with a lady vocal group known as Onyx, but grew disappointed in her past due teens. She transferred to Atlanta to reside with her dad in 1990 and began dating drummer Rasha Don, an early on member of Imprisoned Advancement. The group wanted a female vocalist, and while signing up for a music group didn’t in shape Farris’ programs, she had nothing at all better to perform. Farris was hardly ever really an official person in Arrested Advancement, characterizing herself even more within its extended family members. After “Tennessee” broke, Farris got more than enough media focus on cause personal issues with bandleader Talk, and she divide in the group in 1993. Chrysalis, Imprisoned Development’s record firm, was ready to give her a single offer, but Farris got a gamble and turned down it, longing for even more creative control than Chrysalis wished to provide her. She approached David Harris and Milton Davis, previous people of funk-rock music group Follow for the present time, and she and guitarist Harris begun to collaborate on materials. Her demo produced its method to Columbia, and her single debut, Crazy Seed — Crazy Flower, premiered in the summertime of 1994, spawning the strike single “I UNDERSTAND.” 2 yrs later, Farris’ documenting of the Truck Hunt tune “Hopeless” also broke through after it had been included on the soundtrack towards the film Appreciate Jones. Buoyed with the reception, demand was high to get a full-length follow-up. Nevertheless, creative distinctions between Farris and Columbia resulted in her sophomore record heading unreleased. A protracted agreement dispute implemented and Farris was ultimately released from her agreement. Rather than positively seek out a fresh label, Farris rather still left the music sector altogether and centered on increasing her girl, whom she home-schooled. Although she got left the sector, Farris never totally gave up carrying out and finally regained her motivation while performing in chapel. In 2007, she finally released her long-delayed sophomore recording, For Truth otherwise Love, offering the solitary “Stuck in the centre.” She also founded her personal impartial record label, Totally free & Obvious, and in 2011, she digitally released her third full-length recording, Signs of Existence. Two years later on, Farris became a member of jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn for Dionne GET THE Gunn: Featuring the Russell Gunn Quartet with Dionne Farris. She after that collaborated with guitarist Charlie Hunter around the 2014 duo recording DionneDionne. An homage to famous R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick, the recording featured stripped-down variations of such traditional Warwick figures as “Usually Something There to Remind Me” and “Walk on By.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Dionne Farris
Date Of Birth December 4, 1969
Profession Actor, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Education Mercer County Community College
Nationality American
Children Tate Farris
Music Groups Arrested Development
Music Songs I Know, Hopeless, Blackbird, Don't Ever Touch Me, 11th Hour, Find Your Way, You're Gonna Need Me, The Audition, Remember My Name, Food for Thought, Walk On By, So Blind, Walk The Way You Talk, Don't Make Me Over, Hopeless - Dionne Farris, Stuck In the Middle, Loneliness Remembers, Alfie, Always Something There To Remind Me, Sweet Hello, Hidden Charms, For U, I Gotcha, Laughing & Crying, Wives And Lovers, For Once in My Life, Passion, Heartbreak Road, Ode to Joe, It's Time, Here We Go, Day Dream
Albums Wild Seed – Wild Flower, DionneDionne, For Truth, If Not Love, Lady Dy the Mixtape, Pt. 1, Zingalamaduni, 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of..., Unplugged, Signs of Life, For Truth If Not Love, Hidden Charm
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Billboard Music Award for Adult Contemporary Single of the Year


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1 Has one daughter, Tate (b. May 13, 1996).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special performer: "Same Ole Love"
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold Case 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Daria TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1997 writer - 1 episode, 1997
Love Jones 1997 performer: "Hopeless" / writer: "Hopeless"
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 performer: "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 1996 performer: "For Once In My Life" / producer: "For Once In My Life"
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series 2 episodes
Saturday Night Live 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playhouse 22 2006 TV Series Joy
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Musical Guest

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 score vocalese

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABFF Honors 2017 TV Special Herself
Full Count: A Short Documentary on Count Bass D 2012 Documentary short Dionne Farris
Unsung 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Diary of a Decade: The Story of a Movement 2012 Documentary Herself
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1 2000 Video Herself - Arrested Development (segment "Tennessee")
Lauren Hutton and... 1996 TV Series Herself
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 1995 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1995 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Ease My Mind 1994 Short Herself
In Living Color 1993 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest

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