Happy Birthday, Lumidee!
The Diplomats definitely weren't the ones holding it down for Harlem during the middle of last decade. There was also Lumidee, who turns 31 years old today (Aug. 24).
Lumidee got hot right after graduating from high school. In 2003, she dropped her debut single, "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)." The clap-based beat (which is not too far off from Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go"), Lumidee's hypnotic performance and a video that featured Boadie from The Wire pushed "Never Leave You" to becoming the No. 3 song in the country on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003.
"Never Leave You" was also Lumidee's biggest hit. She had minor ones with "She's Like the Wind" and the Shaggy-featured "Feel Like Makin' Love," but neither of her albums -- Almost Famous and Unexpected -- gained much traction when it came to sales.
These days, Lumidee is making it as an independent artist. Her most recent material finds her still knee-deep in urban sound, while collaborating with the likes of New York rappers Bodega BAMZ and Dave East.
Watch Lumidee's "Never Leave You" Video
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