I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face) – Rome | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & R&B (#2 for 3 weeks); 1997

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Jerome Woods was surrounded by classic soul, from the sounds in his mother’s record collection to the deep musical heritage of nearby Detroit. By high school Jerome was performing in Fire & Ice, an R&B covers band which covered the Midwest. A stint at Alabama’s Oakwood University followed, yet, the siren call of music lured Jerome out to Los Angeles in 1989. Soon he was singing backup for Vesta (Once Bitten Twice Shy, #9 R&B; 1986), and performing at industry talent showcases. Jerome kept singing and knocking on doors until a meeting with two producers brought him to RCA Records. A year later, his debut album, Rome 1, was in the stores. The leadoff single, I Belong To You, went platinum and peaked at #2, right behind I’ll be Missing You by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans. Not bad for the new kid on the block!

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Produced by:

  • Gerald Baillergeau
  • Victor Merritt

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jerome Woods
  • Gerald Baillergeau