Shannon - Let The Music Play (Official Music Video)

  • Published: 23 October 2010
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    Shannon (born Brenda Shannon Greene,May 2, 1958) is an American singer. She is best known for her 1983 million-selling record, "Let the Music Play". The record re-defined the electro-funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced "I.O.U" by Freeez) developed in 1982, which would eventually be called freestyle music.

    In the spring of 1983, Greene was enrolled at York College and toured with the New York Jazz Ensemble. Quintin Hicks, an associate of the production team of Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa, later saw Shannon singing with a live band in her cousin's recording studio. Shannon auditioned for Liggett and Barbosa with the song "She Can't Love You Like I Do". They introduced her to the track "Fire and Ice", which would later evolve into Shannon's signature song, "Let the Music Play". This title would also be applied to Shannon's debut album.

    In July 1983, the "Let the Music Play" single was released and Shannon was invited back to record more songs with Liggett and Barbosa. The single reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard"s United States R&B and Hot Dance and Club Play Chart chart. Today, it is ranked #23 among Billboard's best dance songs of all time.

    Her debut album, Let the Music Play, was released in February 1984. The follow-up single from the album was "Give Me Tonight", which hit the top spot on the Hot Dance, Club Play and R&B chart. It also became a significant hit on Urban radio. It was one of Billboard's top 30 dance songs for the year 1985. In the U.S., the third single was "My Heart's Divided", another Latin freestyle track, featuring Jimmy Choo as one of the back up vocalists. "Sweet Somebody", a mid-tempo soul effort, made the Top 20 in Europe.

    Let the Music Play went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. Shannon was nominated for a Grammy and received numerous other awards, including the Dianah Washington (Jack the Rapper) Award, the Hall of Fame Award, the Gold Ampex Reel Award, a certified gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Best Billboard Top 10 female R&B vocalist.

    In 1985, Shannon released her second album, Do You Wanna Get Away, which sported a sound similar to that of her debut album. The title track became her third #1 on the Dance charts and became her third hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She scored three more dance hits from the album, including "Stronger Together", a cover of "Urgent" by Foreigner, and "Stop the Noise", with a video sponsored by Pepsi and Black Angus. Her third album was 1986's Love Goes All the Way. This album was not as successful as her previous LPs. Shannon was Executive Producer against all odds.

    Shannon asked to be released from her recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1987. She recorded soundtracks and jingles, Criminal", for the movie Fatal Beauty and budweiser . While touring the world, Shannon attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

    In the late 1990s interest in Shannon rekindled, when VH1 spotlighted her on their One Hit Wonders series. Entertainment Tonight also taped a special about her life. In 1998, she co-wrote and sang on multi tracks produced by Todd Terri, Tony Moran, Germany's Sash Les Rythmes Digitales Les Rythmes Digitales

    In 1999, Shannon released her fourth studio album, The Best Is Yet to Come, on which she is credited as 50% writer of the album (contracted by BMG). Chris Barbosa was invited back as a producer, along with Andy "Panda" Tripoli and Tony Moran. A greatest hits album was released in November 2004 without Shannon's knowledge and agreement.

    On April 20, 2006, Shannon participated in the Freestyle Extranvaganza concert along with Judy Torres, George Lamond, Cynthia, Lisette Melendez, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, The Cover Girls, Hanson and Davis, Coro, and Stevie B.. The event was sponsored by WKTU, WSKQ, and WCAA in New York.

    A fifth studio album, "A Beauty Returns", was released in 2007 without the knowledge and agreement of Shannon.

    Today Shannon is a voting member of the Grammy's (Recording Academy) touring the world (Kuwait, Badghdad and Iraq) with the US Soldiers. She is also in the studio working on new hits for the year 2010.
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  • Abdon Montes
    Abdon Montes  4 hours back

    The best lady ever.

    • Andreas Jacovides
      Andreas Jacovides  4 hours back

      Pull up !!!

      • B C
        B C  4 hours back


        • Samantha Reeves
          Samantha Reeves  9 hours back

          I love this song!!!!! This is my first time seeing the video! So old school lol

        • Leon Adams
          Leon Adams  10 hours back

          Man the 80's gave us some of the most unforgettable songs and artists did it not? Who's behind me?

          • Phase 5 Records
            Phase 5 Records  13 hours back


            • Donald White
              Donald White  22 hours back

              Wicked good

              • Marcello Cristiano
                Marcello Cristiano  1 days back

                LA MUSICA GIUOCA SU' DI ME'....??????????????????????

                • RRP3168
                  RRP3168  1 days back

                  Man, I remember breaking so hard to this jam! Miss the 80's!

                  • Peyton Bell
                    Peyton Bell  1 days back

                    Wait! I always thought this was a white girl 😂.

                    • Ilana Sousa
                      Ilana Sousa  2 days back

                      sou fã dessa estrela só música boa show

                      • Ilana Sousa
                        Ilana Sousa  2 days back

                        essa música é o máximo ela canta demais

                        • Valentina M
                          Valentina M  2 days back


                          • thomas moore
                            thomas moore  2 days back

                            This Very Fine Lady Has Had Me Moving All These Years

                            • Shiro Lee
                              Shiro Lee  2 days back

                              Takes me back to my Bboy dayz...

                              • Trip*Like*I*Do
                                Trip*Like*I*Do  2 days back

                                Beat was way ahead of it's time for 83'.

                                • Tony Afriyie
                                  Tony Afriyie  3 days back

                                  July 2019 and I am still in love with this song....- Let the Music Play!!!

                                  • Luke's cocktails
                                    Luke's cocktails  3 days back

                                    This sounds like 90s, but it's 1984.
                                    She deserves cheers for the innovation.

                                    • Andre Smith
                                      Andre Smith  3 days back

                                      My mother, rest her soul enjoyed this classic groove. Chi-Town forever.

                                      • Olga Montes
                                        Olga Montes  3 days back


                                        • RON VAN DE BERG
                                          RON VAN DE BERG  3 days back

                                          Electric Boogie tijd !

                                          • Jimmy The Exploder
                                            Jimmy The Exploder  4 days back

                                            It was a new style: Shannon style!!!

                                            • Jesus is Lord of all Every knee shall bow

                                              She is unusually pretty. Something about her, the way she moves or dances...

                                              • Rene martinez
                                                Rene martinez  4 days back

                                                THE REAL QUEEN AND DONNA SUMMER 2019 🙏🏽👍🏽✌🏼️🌏🌍🌎😘😄👣👣👣👣

                                                • stacie carpenter
                                                  stacie carpenter  4 days back

                                                  I can get Down On Dat!!!!!!

                                                  • monica dimitrovska
                                                    monica dimitrovska  5 days back


                                                    • Kudra Abdulaziz
                                                      Kudra Abdulaziz  5 days back

                                                      Scarface:The world is yours introduced me to this song. any other 90's baby here because of the game.

                                                      • dikinurmouth
                                                        dikinurmouth  5 days back

                                                        Here from Madonnas get into the groove, never realized how similar the 2 songs are

                                                        • NightMarEstaRv714
                                                          NightMarEstaRv714  6 days back

                                                          2.7k people didn't let the music play

                                                          • Simone Schubert
                                                            Simone Schubert  6 days back

                                                            Grandios dieser Song! Einfach super!

                                                            • KAUE_EXTREME #SINIXTRO

                                                              Dance Central 3

                                                              • Melissa Barra
                                                                Melissa Barra  1 weeks back

                                                                The 80s nightclubs in good ol' St Augustine/Daytona Beach, Florida! Loved growing up back then!

                                                                • Jonah Shook
                                                                  Jonah Shook  4 days back

                                                                  what did the dj look like (it might have been me)

                                                              • Tessy D.
                                                                Tessy D.  1 weeks back

                                                                of course that every jewel song i ever heard back in my yought will get a thumbs up since the most wonderfull wonderous powerfull music started from the 60.s 70.s and 80.s and there's nobody who can tell differently and if they do those are people with poor taste in just about anything and everything am just glad that a vast majority of people young and old and anything inbetween agree's with me

                                                                • Rob Wilson
                                                                  Rob Wilson  1 weeks back

                                                                  Girl you are so beautiful and you have the voice of an angel. But your crew dances like epileptic chickens

                                                                  • 4UTEE
                                                                    4UTEE  1 weeks back


                                                                    • Melinda Skates
                                                                      Melinda Skates  1 weeks back

                                                                      No, no, no. 😊

                                                                      • Tonna Sullivan
                                                                        Tonna Sullivan  1 weeks back

                                                                        I’ve always loved this song. The local station where I’m from played it the other day. I sure turned that shit up when they did!!!

                                                                        • Cath O'sullivan
                                                                          Cath O'sullivan  1 weeks back

                                                                          Let the music play in summer 2019 😉😉😉

                                                                          • eric young
                                                                            eric young  2 weeks back

                                                                            Breakin 1 and 2 😀

                                                                            • eric young
                                                                              eric young  2 weeks back

                                                                              I remember as a teenager living in California watching breakdancers completing right there on the streets with there parashute pants. Those were the days.

                                                                              • Cedric Porter
                                                                                Cedric Porter  2 weeks back

                                                                                🔥🔥 🔥🔥🔥 🔥

                                                                                • Elizabeth Seiden
                                                                                  Elizabeth Seiden  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Beautiful memories back in the 80's! She rocks!😍💕💕💕💓

                                                                                  • Tariq Lewis
                                                                                    Tariq Lewis  2 weeks back


                                                                                    • enrique soler
                                                                                      enrique soler  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Man, I ain't going nowhere till my father say so...1958---friend me all here that see this!

                                                                                      • Cameron Matheson
                                                                                        Cameron Matheson  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Was in a small disco in Berlin, when I first heard this song play. My fellow paratroopers and I killed ourselves slamming to this song. Okay, no one died. But, some elbows took out some teeth here and there. Excellent song to move to.

                                                                                        • Old Crow Balthazor
                                                                                          Old Crow Balthazor  2 weeks back

                                                                                          reminds me of brown pussy and pink cocaine.....

                                                                                          • Share the knowledge 🤔💡

                                                                                            Timeless 🎶 music

                                                                                            • Sofia Tal
                                                                                              Sofia Tal  2 weeks back

                                                                                              But he is not a prophet. He sees it right infront of him 👀 what kind of prophet sees it all on tv huh