Throwback: Caron Wheeler-Blue (Is The Color Of Pain)

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Caron Wheeler is a UK bred vocalist who rose to fame in the late ’80’s as the central singer and writer of Soul II Soul’s “Keep On Moving” and “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)”. Before she was a member of Soul II Soul she sang in the groups Brown Sugar and Afrodiziak. She also sang back-up for Elvis Costello, Howard Jones, Phil Collins and Erasure. In 1990 she released her first solo album UK Blak that produced the successful single “Livin’ In The Light.” “Blue (Is The Color Of Pain),” “UK Blak” and “Don’t Quit” also came from this album. Beach Of The War Goddess was the successor to UK Blak and it was released in 1990. “I Adore You” was the lead single that also appeared on the “Mo’ Money” soundtrack. “Soul Street,” “In Our Love” and “Beach Of The War Goddess” would be the commercial centerpieces of the project. Wheeler kept a mostly low profile for the rest of the ’90’s except for the song “Free Again” with Jazzie B and Soul II Soul for the “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” soundtrack in ’98. In 2002 she was featured on the songs, “Earth” and “Better By The Pound” from Meshell Ndegeocello’s Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape. Richard X featured her on the Lil Louis song “Lonely” from his 2003 compilation Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1. The singer is currently recording a new solo album and new material with Soul II Soul both scheduled for release in 2011.