STACEY LYNN SWAIN (born November 30, 1958), known by her stage name
STACEY Q, is an American pop singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
Her best-known single, "Two of Hearts ", released in 1986, reached
number three on the
Billboard Hot 100
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 1981–84: Q, SSQ and Playback * 2.2 1985–87: Breakthrough, Stacey Q and Better than Heaven * 2.3 1988–92: Hard Machine and Nights Like This * 2.4 1993–97: Stacey Q\'s Greatest Hits and Boomerang * 2.5 1998–08: Other projects and hiatus * 2.6 2009–present: Color Me Cinnamon
* 3 Discography * 4 Filmography * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links
Swain was born on November 30, 1958 in
St. James was developing a synthpop group called Q , named after the
In 1981, Q (the original project) was Jon, Dan and myself hence Jon
Q, Dan Q and Stacey Q. Q, the original name of the project, references
The Q EP received little airplay except on college radio. Its success led St. James and Swain to develop more songs. In 1982, the group added drummer Karl Moet and synth player Rich West, but had to change their name because of copyright issues when producer Quincy Jones reportedly had "established use of the 'Q' moniker". They renamed the band SSQ , which was inspired partly by a fishing endeavor where St. James "was fishing in a lake 'no bigger than a bathtub' and made a joke that the boat was the 'S.S. Q,'" and also that "SS" stood for Stacey Swain. SSQ released their debut album Playback in 1983 under Enigma Records , which featured the single "Synthicide" that was also made into a music video.
1985–87: BREAKTHROUGH, STACEY Q AND BETTER THAN HEAVEN
In 1985, Swain signed a recording contract with On the Spot Records,
an independent label. Using "Stacey Q" as her moniker for solo works,
she released her debut single "Shy Girl". Her eponymous album was
later distributed in cassette format to limited release. The album
contained an early version of "Two of Hearts ", which was originally
released and performed by Sue Gatlin. After her singles collectively
sold several thousand copies, she signed with
She recorded the album
Better Than Heaven in three weeks. Its title
track was co-written by Berlin, "He Doesn't Understand" was written by
Jon Anderson of Yes , and "
We Connect " was written by Willie Wilcox
of Utopia Its lead single, "Two of Hearts ", received substantial
radio airplay, along with its music video on
The success of "Two of Hearts" led Swain to television appearances on
talk shows as well as guest panel appearances on game shows The Gong
Show and The New
1988–92: HARD MACHINE AND NIGHTS LIKE THIS
Swain released her second
Stacey Q album,
Hard Machine , in 1988. She
changed her hair color from blond to red, and adopted a punk
rock-influenced appearance. The album had other producers besides St.
James, resulting in a different musical direction. The single "Don\'t
Make A Fool Of Yourself " peaked at number 66 on the
US Hot 100
Nights Like This was her third and final album with Atlantic.
Released in 1989, it also marked SSQ's last participation. Its title
track featured backing vocals by
The Weather Girls , and its second
single, "Heartbeat", featured backing vocals by
Timothy B. Schmit
1993–97: STACEY Q\'S GREATEST HITS AND BOOMERANG
In 1993, Swain released the single "Too Hot For Love", under the
Thump Records . The single was structured toward an
early-1990s dance sound and featured sexually suggestive lyrics,
representing another change in direction for the artist. Thump would
also gather material from her first
In the mid-1990s, Swain traveled to Tibet, where she was introduced to the monastic dance and song of the Far East. She also lived in Nepal where she studied at monasteries with Buddhist lamas and was trained in the ancient art of cham dance . In 1997, she released the album Boomerang , which reflected her experiences there, as well as her conversion to Buddhism. She also released a cover of a Janis Ian tune called "Tenderness", which reached number 5 on the Jamaican charts.
1998–08: OTHER PROJECTS AND HIATUS
Swain continued to be involved in various music and acting projects.
She appeared in a gay-themed art film called Citizens of Perpetual
Indulgence, and had a "special non-sexual appearance" in Playing the
Odds . She collaborated with director Geoffrey
Karen Dior on the
Porn to Rock and Dior's 2001 album S E X. In 2000,
she played the lead female character
Yeshe Tsogyal in a production of
"The Life of
Thump Records released another Stacey Q compilation in 2007. Queen Of The 80s contained original versions of many of her solo songs as well as songs by Q and SSQ. In November 2008, she appeared on CBS's The Early Show as part of the show's 1980s flashback segment where she sang "Two of Hearts".
2009–PRESENT: COLOR ME CINNAMON
Swain provided guest vocals for Hydra Productions, a songwriting duo consisting of Shawn Winstian and Shane Condo. Their debut album, Liquid featured appearances by other dance-pop artists of the 1980s, including Tiffany and Gioia Bruno of Exposé . Hydra Productions signed her to a solo deal where she released her first solo single in 12 years, "Trip", in 2009. This was followed by the album Color Me Cinnamon in 2010, and the maxi-single "Pandora's Box". The album was produced by Jon St. James, and explored a modernized electro-house sound. In late October, she released the Halloween-themed Going Goth EP, which featured remixes of many songs from Color Me Cinnamon, and "Trick or Treat" maxi-single the year after that. Since then she has participated in various freestyle music festivals.
In June 2016, Stacey Q and Scott Larson released three songs on iTunes: I Need His Voice, Love Shouldn't Be That Way and Just A Little Bit. In November 2016 a new song called You Are Hawaii to me with Scott Larson was released. In October 2017, a new song called Dance, Love , Pray was released with Lori St. James, available on iTunes.
Main article: Stacey Q discography
YEAR FILM ROLE NOTES
1985 Cavegirl Brenda
1986–87 The Facts of Life Cinnamon Eps. "Off-Broadway Baby ", "A Star Is Torn "
1989 Mama\'s Family Ciji Ep: "Bubba\'s House Band "
1989 One Man Force Leah Jennings
1998 Playing the Odds Chinese Food Delivery Woman
2000 Citizens of Perpetual Indulgence Stacey
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