Robyn Simone interviews singer Angela Bofill, who is the latest subject of an upcoming episode of “Unsung,” airing tomorrow night at 9PM on TV One.
With a gorgeous voice and five octave range, exotic beauty and an intoxicating stage presence, Angela Bofil took the music world by storm. A native New Yorker who grew up in Harlem and the Bronx, she was a trained musician and sophisticated singer who invested ballads like “Tonight I Give In,” “This Time I’ll be Sweeter,” and her ode to heartbreak, “I Try” with palpable emotion. She could belt out hot dance numbers like “Too Tough,” and gospel-inflected inspirational hymns like “I’m on Your Side” with equal aplomb.
But after a run of hits in the 1980s, she faded rapidly from view, as record labels trained their sights on a younger generation of video vixens. Bofill soldiered on for two decades, only to be literally silenced by two devastating strokes. Yet, she refused to give up her dream, and is gradually returning to the stage, while sharing her inspirational life story with hard earned wit and wisdom, on the upcoming episode of Unsung.