You may have had to swim through the mental Rolodex for Tyler Collins
, but I know you remember the string of hits Spencer had from 1990 to 1992. She made history as being the youngest female artist signed to a major label and the youngest female artist at the time to receive the ASCAP songwriter of the year award.
By 1990 Spencer released two albums and in 1996 she released a greatest hits album... I'm still confused on how you can have a greatest hits album after only two albums. Nonetheless, 1990's Make the Difference
spawned the #3 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "This House" (a song that never really moved me). It was her mature ballads that blew up urban radio and gave Tevin Campbell a hot-hot battle for the most singing teen. "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" and "Tender Kisses" had an evil battle on Video Jukebox!
I've never been clear on why her next studio album wasn't until 1999's Tracie
. I heard she wanted to focus on school, but maybe some of the music gurus will clear it up in the comments. The self-titled album did rack up at #18 Billboard Hot 100 hit with "It's All About You (Not About Me)", but it didn't make the impact of her previous work. According to Wikipedia, Tracie is now on hiatus from the music industry. Check out the greatest hits...
"I'm so confused
, you're so unpredictable
... " Yes LAWD -- "Tender Kisses", a number one hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart (only #42 on the then segregated Billboard Hot 100 -- thanks to Alizoom for the explanation last week) and a song she co-wrote. The ballad still sounds modern today -- classic R&B!