"Let Go" - Sharon Bryant
from the album Here I Am (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #34 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4
Today's song of the day comes from Sharon Bryant, who had been the lead singer for the R&B/funk band Atlantic Starr from their start in the mid-70s until leaving in 1984 to start a solo career. In that time, the group scored their first top-40 pop hit with "Circles". It took four years after her departure for the release of her first (and consequently only) solo album, Here I Am. The first single, "Let Go" (written by producer Daryll Duncan), strayed away from her soul roots into dance-pop territory like the successes of Karyn White and Pebbles...
"Let Go" became Sharon's sole top-40 pop hit in October of 1989. The single was a big success on R&B radio, where she had more name recognition, and the song spent a week at #2 on that chart. She followed this record up with a cover of Steve Perry's 1984 pop hit "Foolish Heart", which also made the top-10 on the R&B list at #7, but stalled down at #90 on the pop Hot 100. A third single from the album, "Body Talk", went to #38 on the R&B chart. She has since been performing back with Atlantic Starr off and on.
Up tomorrow: Give a cheer for this dance-pop singer's dance jam's rebound on the charts.