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House/R&B vocalist Adeva is known for her commanding diva vamps, but she also has a strong feeling for songs closer to gospel ballads. Born in New Jersey, Adeva first gained fame in Australia and Europe; her first three singles ("Respect," "Warning," and "I Thank You") all peaked at number 17 in the British charts during the first ten months of 1989. A collaboration with U.S. producer Paul Simpson in March of that year also yielded a number 22 hit in England. Her debut album Adeva! gained platinum and gold distinctions in Europe, and an American release did respectably, as did two subsequent albums, Love or Lust? and It Should Have Been. In 1995, dance heavyweight Frankie Knuckles selected her as featured vocalist on virtually all of his Welcome to the Real World album. Adeva's work after the Knuckles LP included a single with Hyper Go Go in 1996.
Adeva (born Patricia Daniels) is a female African American house-music and contemporary R&B artist from Paterson, New Jersey, United States, the youngest of six children. She had a string of successful hits in the late 1980s to early 1990s, including "Warning" (UK #17), "I Thank You" (UK #17) and "Respect" (UK #17).
Born around 1960 in Paterson, New Jersey, Daniels developed her voice as a member, and later director and vocal coach, of her church choir. She entered several talent contests, and won so often that she was banned from entering several of them. She began singing professionally in the mid-1980s, releasing the single "In and Out of My Life" on Easy Street Records before moving on to Cooltempo in 1988. Noted for her powerful vocals, she released a house rendition of the Otis Redding hit "Respect" in 1989 that reached #17 in the UK, and released her debut album that same year.
The album was released in the United States in 1990 via the major record label Capitol/EMI Records under license from Chrysalis Records in the UK, with which she signed originally, reaching #6 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was a critical and commercial success in the UK and contained several hit singles including "Beautiful Love" and "Musical Freedom". "Respect" remains a favorite on urban contemporary radio stations to this day, especially in New York City. She had a hit follow-up from the album, "I Thank You," which also reached #17 in the UK.
Her second album, 1991's Love or Lust? failed to chart in both the UK and the US despite featuring two hit singles, "Independent Woman" and "It Should Have Been Me", and she was dropped by Cooltempo in 1992.
Adeva collaborated with house-music pioneer Frankie Knuckles in 1995, with whom she released two Top-40 singles, and an album, Welcome to the Real World.
The a cappella vocal of 1988's "In and Out of My Life" single has become a famous house vocal. It has been sampled by numerous artists, including Onephatdeeva and Eric Prydz, who both used the vocal for their "In and Out of My Life" and "In and Out" hits, respectively. Adeva continues to be a highly regarded figure in both the New York and the UK house-music scenes.
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Coincidentally, she had three consecutive solo singles that all reached a high of number 17 in the UK Singles Chart during 1989. Additionally, despite having no top-ten UK single hits, she managed to go top-ten with her debut album.