Baby Come To Me – Regina Belle | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#60) & R&B (#1); 1989

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Regina Belle’s “opportunity knocks” moment came when she was a student at Rutgers University. Based on her rendition of the Black National Anthem at a Mtume and Lisa Lisa concert, New York “Quiet Storm” deejay Vaughn Harper asked Regina to give him a call. Regina didn’t. After Vaughn called her a couple of times offering session work, Regina finally accepted. Her performance led to a stint as a vocalist with The Manhattans; a gig that brought Regina her first R&B chart appearance on Where Did We Go Wrong? in 1986. The following year, Regina’s first solo album yielded the hits Show Me The Way (#2 R&B) and So Many Tears (#11 R&B). In 1989, Regina reached a career high with Baby Come To Me, a tune co-written and produced for her by Narada Michael Walden. Walden set the romantic mood for Regina’s vocal session by recording her in Maui amidst flowers and candlelight. The setting clearly worked wonders: Baby Come To Me became Regina’s first #1 record.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Narada Michael Walden
  • Walter Afanasieff (co.)

Lyrics Written by:

  • Narada Michael Walden
  • Jeffrey Cohen