Foolish Heart – Sharon Bryant | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#90) and R&B (#7); 1989

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Eight years before Sharon Bryant stormed the R&B chart in 1989, she’d enjoyed a star turn in a lead role with Atlantic Starr. Her standout vocal on the group’s 1981 #5 single When Love Calls served notice that a new female star was in town. More hits followed, notably 1983’s Touch A Four Leaf Clover from Forever Yours. The album’s title was diametrically opposed to the band’s true well-being. While recording it, five members – Bryant among them – took a stand against the other four, including the three founding Lewis brothers. When the dust settled, Bryant had been replaced by Barbara Weathers. While her old group continued to score hits, Sharon did session work until her return with Let Go and Foolish Heart. Although both landed in the R&B Top 10 R&B, Sharon was unable to build on their success. In 1994 she appeared on alto saxophonist Donald Harrison’s Power Of Cool album.

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:

  • Rick Gallwey
  • Sharon Bryant

Lyrics Written by:

  • Steve Perry
  • Randy Goodrum