Lisa Stansfield (born 11 April 1966) is an English singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Manchester, Lancashire, her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition, Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984. The band released few singles and one album, but after the success of “People Hold On” in 1989 on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career.
Stansfield’s first solo album, Affection (1989), and its worldwide chart-topping lead single, “All Around the World”, were major breakthroughs in her career. She was nominated for two Grammy Awards and Affection is currently her best-selling album. In the following years, Stansfield released Real Love (1991), So Natural (1993) and Lisa Stansfield (1997). In 1999, she appeared in her first film, Swing, and also recorded the soundtrack for it. Her next albums included Face Up (2001), Biography: The Greatest Hits (2003) and The Moment (2004). After that, Stansfield took a break from music and focused on her film career. In 2008, she starred in The Edge of Love and in 2013 she appeared in Northern Soul.
Stansfield has released her latest album, Seven on 31 January 2014. Its lead single, “Can’t Dance” was digitally released on 16 October 2013.
She also toured Europe in October and November 2013 and met with her fans and promote the new album. Stansfield has won numerous awards, including Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards, Billboard Music Award, World Music Award, ASCAP Award, Women’s World Award, Silver Clef Awards and DMC Awards. She has sold over twenty million albums worldwide, including five million of Affection.
In 1987, Stansfield married the Italian designer, Augusto Grassi whom she met during a holiday in Tunisia. A ceremony was held in the Sacred Heart Church in Rochdale. The couple moved to Zagarolo in Italy but their marriage lasted only four months. Following the end of the marriage Stansfield came back to Britain. After many years of friendship and engagement, she and Ian Devaney married on 25 July 1998. The minimalist ceremony was held in New York City and the only guests were her parents and his mother.
In 2008, Stansfield sold her six-bedroom Victorian house Mount Henry on Torca Road in Dalkey for €6 million to Yorkshire business tycoon Ed Clark (originally asking for €8 million in May 2007).
Listen to some of her songs below