Debelah Morgan (born September 29, 1977, Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B singer and songwriter. Morgan is a coloratura soprano and is credited as having a three and a half octave vocal range, comparable to that of Christina Aguilera’s (four-octave) - including the ability to sing high notes in the whistle register. Morgan has enjoyed sporadic success, peaking with her song Dance With Me.
Debelah was born to an Indian mother and an African-American father. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 3. She also learned to sing in many different languages besides English (French, Italian, German, Hindi, and Portuguese.) Later she and her family moved to Arizona where she won beauty pageants at the age of fifteen and organized a gospel choir in her high school. She majored in Vocal Performance.
At the age of seventeen she signed to Atlantic Records and released her debut album titled Debelah. This album is her rarest, having only been released in the US and Japan, and even there it wasn't really promoted. Her label dropped her after the release.
She signed to Motown and released her second album titled It's Not Over in 1998. Half of the tracks were co-written by her and some were co-written by her brother Giloh. This album was not released worldwide, only in Europe and Asia. Her songs I Love You and Yesterday were moderate hits. Motown was bought by Universal, and they wanted Debelah to record an urban album. Debelah left Universal because she saw the company as attempting to turn her into another in a long line of similar black hip-hop artists. She wanted to do a pop-r&b album to appeal to a wider audience.
In 1998 and 1999 Debelah was featured on three soundtrack albums (Fame L.A., Our Friend Martin and Stuart Little.) On the Our Friend Martin soundtrack she sang a new song written by Diane Warren. The other soundtracks featured songs from her It's Not Over album.
Debelah had to file for bankruptcy, but she did not give up her singing career and began to work on a new album. All the tracks were written by her and her brother. She presented the material to her first label Atlantic, who signed her again (not remembering she was signed to them before). The album called Dance With Me was released in 2000, and the title track, a tango style song, became a world-wide hit, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Singles chart and gaining popularity all over the world. In Spain it was also released with Spanish lyrics, titled Baila Conmigo. Debelah went on the media circuit, promoting Dance with Me.
In August 2001, Morgan released a second single called I Remember, which had no chart success. No more singles were released and since that time, Morgan has completely dropped off the radar. In 2003 her management company said she was working on an album, due for release in late 2003. The album was never released and Atlantic Records closed her official website without an explanation. One of her songs from the Dance With Me album was featured on the Spyder Games soundtrack, while a new Diane Warren ballad was on the soundtrack for Osmosis Jones.
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Debelah (Atlantic, 1994)
It's Not Over (Motown, 1998)
Dance With Me (Atlantic, 2000)
"Take It Easy" (1994)
"I Love You" (1998)
"Yesterday" (79th on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart, 1998)
"Dance With Me" (8th on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart, 2000; #10 UK top 75 singles chart)
I Love You (whistle register)
What More Can I Give (whistle register)
I Love You Acapella (whistle register)