Berri (singer)

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Berri (born Rebecca Sleight,[1] in York, North Yorkshire) is an English singer, best known for her 1995 hit single, "The Sunshine After the Rain", which was originally recorded by Ellie Greenwich in 1968 and later was a hit for Elkie Brooks, reaching number 10 in 1977.

"The Sunshine After the Rain" was released twice, peaking at number 26 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1994,[2] and, after a re-release, at number four in September 1995.[2] For the first release, the credits were to New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri.[2] Berri received sole artist credit on the second release, which was the 45th biggest-selling UK single of 1995,[citation needed] and the 77th highest selling single of 1995 in Australia.[3] "The Sunshine After the Rain" was also certified gold in Australia.[4] Her follow-up single, "Shine Like a Star", peaked at number 20 in the UK in December 1995.[1] An album, About Time, was also released in 1995.

Afterwards, she worked with a number of bands, including Degrassi, hailing from Tooting Bec. She is now Mrs Robbins, and in 2009 recorded session vocals for Leeds-based pop songwriters Etcetera Songs.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
[7]
UK
[2]
1994 "The Sunshine After the Rain"
(New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri)
- 26 Single-only
1995 "The Sunshine After the Rain" 12 4 About Time
"Shine Like a Star" 53 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Official Charts > Berri". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Australian Record Industry Association Ltd. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ Etcetera Songs, pop songwriters featuring vocals from Berri.
  6. ^ "Pop singer Berri delighted to help out". Yorkshire Post. 2006-04-16. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  7. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks: