Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Carol Jiani, born Uchenna Ikejiani is a Nigerian-Canadian singer based in England best known for her early 1980's hit "Hit N Run Lover".
Uchenna Ikejiani was born in Nigeria and moved to Montreal, Canada in the mid-1970s to study at Concordia University. In autumn 1977 she auditioned to appear on Joe La Greca's album Montreal. In early 1978 Jiani recorded two tracks for the project, "If You Believe in Me" and "Higher and Higher." Glenn LaRusso of Salsoul Records convinced her to shorten her name from Uchenna Ikejiani to Carol Jiani to make it easier for North Americans to pronounce.
In 1980 Jiani recorded two Sandy Wilbur-written pieces with La Greca, "Hit N Run Lover" and "All The People Of The World". The former would become Jiani's signature song, peaking at number 4 on the US Billboard Club Play Singles chart in 1981.
In 1983 Jiani moved to England and soon signed with Record Shack to record "Vanity" with producer Ian Levine. Barbara Pennington had previously recorded the track but declined to release it in order to focus exclusively on soul music. Jiani's "Vanity," released in 1985, was a hit reaching number 1 on the UK Hi-NRG Club chart.
Early 2008 saw Jiani recording new material with producers Chris Richards & Peter Wilson. One of the first songs to emerge, "I Don't Wanna Talk About Love," featured on the Klone Records' compilation Mad About The Boy 16. A duet with Evelyn Thomas titled "Are You Man Enough" was released in late 2008. It will be included on her forthcoming album This Is Me, planned for a 2009 release.
Hit N Run Lover