Detroit-based R&B singer of Sweet Love in 1986.
She formed a band with Michael J Powell, who became her producer later in life.
She joined Detroit-based band Chapter 8, and went on to win eight Grammy Awards.
She got married to Walter Bridgeforth on December 24, 1988 and they divorced in 2008.
She has won eight Grammy Awards in R&B, Chris Brown is another well-known R&B artist.