Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & R&B (#8); 1990
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Theater was Tyler Collins’ first love. The Harlem-born girl enrolled in dance lessons at seven years of age and followed it up with her first stage appearance a year later. After a family move from Detroit, where she was raised, to Los Angeles, Tyler joined the Willow Opera Workshop. 1987 found her fronting teen R&B group The Boys Next Door and two years later she moved out on her on. Recognizing Tyler’s talent and marketability, RCA Records signed her to a solo deal and, in 1990, her debut album appeared. The first single Whatcha Gonna Do, released in advance of the album, caught the ears of R&B fans who propelled it to #8. Single number two, Girls Nite Out, duplicated Whatcha‘s R&B peak and crossed over to #6 on the Pop side. Tyler managed a few more minor chart records, and an appearance as Teena alongside Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, and Robin Givens in the 1991 crime flick, A Rage In Harlem.
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