Beautiful and charismatic soul and R&B singer Gwen Dickey was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Dickey was subsequently chosen by legendary Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield to be the lead singer for the R&B outfit Rose Royce. Rose Royce had a massive #1 hit with the rousing and syncopated "Car Wash" in 1976. The group scored additional substantial R&B chart hits with such songs as "I Wanna Get Next to You," I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)," and "Wishing on a Star" throughout the late 70s.
"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" was a #2 smash hit in the UK, and would later gain greater exposure through its cover versions, most notably by Madonna in 1984 and 1995.
Gwen left Rose Royce in April, 1980 to pursue a solo career. In 1994 she joined forces with KWS on a cover of Chaka Khan's classic hit "Ain't Nobody." Dickey sang a duet with noted international rap star Jay-Z on a cover of Rose Royce's lovely and poignant soul gem "Wishing on a Star" in 1998; this particular song peaked at #13 on the UK charts the first week it was released as a single.
Gwen sang vocals on the song "Flying" by Romeo for the soundtrack of the movie "Albeltje" in 1999. In 2002 Dickey opened for James Brown at the One Grand Prix ball in Monte Carlo and shared a bill with Meatloaf in Antwerp, Belgium for Night of the Proms to a sold out show for three nights that same year.
She continues to tour all over Europe with her band Gwen Dickey's Rose Royce.
Gwen Dickey Rose Royce Love Don't Live Here Anymore Jazz Cafe, London June 2014
Rose Royce - Car Wash with Gwen Dickey
Gwen Dickey | Rose Royce - Wishing on a Star