Secret Rendezvous

Album: Karyn White (1988)
Charted: 52 6

Songfacts®:

  • Karyn White anticipates a secret rendezvous with her lover in this uptempo track from her debut album. In 2012, she told SoulCulture that producers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "LA" Reid, who also wrote the tune with Daryl Simmons, were trying to emulate Prince's sound on the pop hit. "Prince was hot back then and who wouldn't have tried to produce a song reminiscent of his style. He was a big influence of mine and theirs," she said.
  • "When we were recording 'Secret Rendezvous,' we would play some of the mixes, test it in the clubs, and go back to the studio," White recalled. "At that time, I was learning and soaking it all in. I really didn't understand that I would be around geniuses. This was truly my training ground and of course, we would have our debates because I like to debate."
  • This features backing vocals from O'Bryan Burnette, an R&B singer who recorded under the stage name O'Bryan. White was discovered by Burnette and legendary producer (and Soul Train creator) Don Cornelius after she was ousted by the LA-based band Legacy, who thought her voice wasn't commercial enough to be their lead.
  • This also hit #1 on the dance chart and #4 on the R&B chart.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Paul WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."

Martin PageSongwriter Interviews

With Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Mick Jones of ForeignerSongwriter Interviews

Foreigner's songwriter/guitarist tells the stories behind the songs "Juke Box Hero," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and many more.

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."