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Old 05-28-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Sylvia Jane Kirby? I wish you'd come back

I know that the country music singer Sylvia who sang "Nobody" has officially retired from performing, but I sure wish she'd make a comeback. I really miss her. She had such stage presence. I felt like I was in music heaven when I watched her. I sure miss you Sylvia.
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I liked her also, is she now divorced? I know her full name was Sylvia Kirby-Allen at the height of her career.
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I don't exactly know. Sylvia seems to be keeping her life a secret now. I know she still writes songs but for who, I have no idea.
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I know exactly what you mean. I've been wishing and hoping she'd come back too. Our dreams are actually coming true! Sylvia has attended some country music functions lately, including a Luncheon with many other Country Legends, and on that same day Billboard magazine did an interview with her, although brief, it was really good. She's also recently appeared on a few television shows. Larry's Country Diner, The Joey Canyon Show, and the yet to air, Ray Stevens Nashville show.

In case you're not aware... Sylvia is in the process of recording a NEW album, which is scheduled for a spring 2016 release. It'll be her first new project in about 14 years. I can't wait!!! I've heard her sing half a dozen new awesome songs from it, many of which she co-wrote. I sure hope it sells good so that will allow her to make more future new albums and not have to wait so long between releases.

I plan to update this as soon as I know for sure when the new CD is released and available.

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That's great news, I always really liked her too. I didn't know her middle name was Jane though, LOL. I've always wondered why she chose not to use her last name professionally, I just don't get people doing that. I have a cd of her biggest hits. With the exception of The Matador, which if I remember was Sylvia's first hit song (Or was it Drifter?). I've looked for it as a digital download but for whatever reason it doesn't seem to be available anywhere.

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I have a cd of her biggest hits. With the exception of The Matador, which if I remember was Sylvia's first hit song (Or was it Drifter?). I've looked for it as a digital download but for whatever reason it doesn't seem to be available anywhere.

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"Drifter" was her first hit (1981) "The Matador" was the first concept country music video to air on CMT.

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Sylvia's first Top 10 was "Tumbleweed", which is the first one I remember hearing on the radio one winter morning in 1980 as my grandma was driving me to school. There was just something about Sylvia's voice and singing style that was meant for my ears on the first listen and all these years later her voice is better than ever!

In a recent interview on The Joey Canyon Show, Sylvia said, something along the lines that if "Tumbleweed" hadn't become a hit, it would have been "three strikes you're out", since her first two singles just barely got into the Top 40. "You Don't Miss a Thing" reaching #36 and "It Don't Hurt to Dream" only one notch higher at #35. So the success of "Tumbleweed" allowed her to record her first album "Drifter", which became her first #1 single, and the rest as they say, is history.

Edward, to answer your question regarding why she didn't use her last name. In a recent interview in Diane Diekman's Country Newsletter Sylvia talked about that very subject. Here's from the interview...

When she signed a record deal with RCA Records, she was asked what name she planned to use. Her married name of Sylvia Allen was too similar to labelmate Deborah Allen, so she suggested her maiden name, Sylvia Kirby. No, that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, she was told. They’re going to make up a name for me, she realized. She couldn’t abide that, and she asked, “How about just Sylvia?” They said okay.
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Post Sylvia's Albums...

1. "Drifter" 1981 (RCA)

2. "Just Sylvia" 1982 (RCA)

3. "Snapshot" 1983 (RCA)

4. "Surprise" 1984 (RCA)

5. "One Step Closer" 1985 (RCA)

6. "Knockin' Around" 1986 (unreleased) (RCA)

7. "Greatest Hits" 1987 (RCA)

8. "The Real Story" 1996 (Red Pony)

9. "Anthology" 1997 (Renaissance)

10. "Where in the World" 2002 (Red Pony)

11. "RCA Country Legends" 2002 (RCA/BMG Heritage)

12. "A Cradle in Bethlehem" 2002 (Red Pony)

13. "All American Country" 2007 (Sony/BMG)

14. "Ten Best" 2016 (Enterprise Music)

15. "It's All in the Family" 2016 (Red Pony)


Some interesting stats...

"Drifter" peaked at #10 and was on the Top Country Albums Chart for 34 weeks. Peaked at #139 on the Pop chart.

"Just Sylvia" peaked at #2 for five weeks and was on the chart for 66 weeks. Peaked at #56 on the Pop chart. (Would have been way higher had Soundscan been in charge of the charts back then in my opinion)

"Snapshot" peaked at #7 and was on the chart for 22 weeks. Peaked at #77
on the Pop chart.

"Surprise" peaked at #40 and was on the chart for 13 weeks. Peaked
at #178 on the Pop chart.

"One Step Closer" peaked at #19 and was on the chart for 27 weeks. I'd
say a nice come-back from the low showing of "Surprise".

"Greatest Hits" peaked at #59 and was on the chart for 8 weeks.
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Sylvia's first Top 10 was "Tumbleweed", which is the first one I remember hearing on the radio one winter morning in 1980 as my grandma was driving me to school. There was just something about Sylvia's voice and singing style that was meant for my ears on the first listen and all these years later her voice is better than ever!

In a recent interview on The Joey Canyon Show, Sylvia said, something along the lines that if "Tumbleweed" hadn't become a hit, it would have been "three strikes you're out", since her first two singles just barely got into the Top 40. "You Don't Miss a Thing" reaching #36 and "It Don't Hurt to Dream" only one notch higher at #35. So the success of "Tumbleweed" allowed her to record her first album "Drifter", which became her first #1 single, and the rest as they say, is history.

Edward, to answer your question regarding why she didn't use her last name. In a recent interview in Diane Diekman's Country Newsletter Sylvia talked about that very subject. Here's from the interview...

When she signed a record deal with RCA Records, she was asked what name she planned to use. Her married name of Sylvia Allen was too similar to labelmate Deborah Allen, so she suggested her maiden name, Sylvia Kirby. No, that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, she was told. They’re going to make up a name for me, she realized. She couldn’t abide that, and she asked, “How about just Sylvia?” They said okay.

I had forgotten all about "Tumbleweed" and my Top Country Singles book by Joel Whitburn confirms it was her first top 10 hit. That excerpt from the interview was interesting. If you have a link to the entire thing then please post it. Interestingly, she wasn't the first Sylvia, there was also the R&B singer of the same name who sang the hit "Pillow Talk."
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While "Tumbleweed" may have been her first top 10 single, it wasn't her first hit. That was "You Don't Miss a Thing" which peaked at #36 in 1979.

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Default Sylvia's Billboard Single Releases That Reached the Top 10...‏

1. "Tumbleweed" #10 (1980)

2. "Drifter" #1 (1981)

3. "The Matador" #7 (1981)

4. "Heart On The Mend" #8 (1981)

5. "Nobody" #1 (#15 Pop) (1982)

6. "Like Nothing Ever Happened" #2 (2 weeks) (1982-83)

7. "Snapshot" #5 (1983)

8. "I Never Quite Got Back (From Loving You)" #3 (1983-84)

9. "Fallin' In Love" #2 (2 weeks) (1985)

10. "Cry Just A Little Bit" #9 (2 weeks) (1985)

11. "I Love You By Heart" (Duet w/ Michael Johnson) #9 (1985-86)
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10. "Cry Just A Little Bit" #9 (2 weeks) (1985)
She did a great cover of that song, here's the original by Shakin' Stevens then Sylvia's.

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Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 26 August 2015


FEATURED ARTIST – SYLVIA HUTTON
Sylvia had eleven top-ten Billboard hits from 1980-1985, including “Snapshot” and the number one “Nobody.” I hadn’t heard anything about her in years, until Diane Jordan mentioned on Facebook they’d recently had lunch together. I asked Diane to put me in touch with Sylvia, and that led to an enjoyable phone conversation. Sylvia Hutton has built an additional career as a personal & professional development coach.


“From the time I was three, I thought of myself as a singer and knew I was going to have a life in music, somehow, some way,” she says. She moved to Nashville right out of high school, almost forty years ago. When she signed a record deal with RCA Records, she was asked what name she planned to use. Her married name of Sylvia Allen was too similar to labelmate Deborah Allen, so she suggested her maiden name, Sylvia Kirby. No, that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, she was told. They’re going to make up a name for me, she realized. She couldn’t abide that, and she asked, “How about just Sylvia?” They said okay.


After the hits dried up, Sylvia tried songwriting for awhile. She started her own record label, Red Pony Records, and made an independent record. When she took it around to record labels in 1996, “there was absolutely no interest,” she says. “I realized that was not the road life wanted to take me down now. I didn’t know what was next. I was kind of at an impasse. It felt like I hit a dead end.”


She took a battery of tests to measure her interests. Not surprisingly, she was told she should be in the creative arts. However, it did surprise her to learn she had an almost equal interest in service to others. The interviewer asked if she had any idea what she wanted to be, if not in music. Sylvia remembered when she was learning about the music business, thinking how great it would be if she could have the knowledge of those who went before her. She and everyone else was struggling along, figuring out things for themselves and reinventing the wheel. She carried with her the seed of being a mentor, but didn’t know what to do with the idea. Now, when asked, she told the interviewer, “It would be great if I could use all this life experience I have in music to be of service to up-and-coming singers.”


That’s when she learned about coaching. She trained at The Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California, in 2002 and became certified as a Personal & Professional Development Coach. “What’s beautiful about coaching is that I create the space in which they change themselves,” she says. “We often talk about what’s wrong. We put all this attention on what we need to fix.” We should be asking ourselves, “What are my gifts? What do I find consistent joy in doing?” Answering such questions can change a person’s entire outlook.


“During the ’80s,” Sylvia says, “my gifts were being expressed through having a record label deal and having records on the radio. I’m still using my voice–just expanding it.”


She is also still recording and performing. She has released several CDs on her Red Pony label and has played dates here and there over the past years, but she didn’t have a booking agent. That is about to change.


Sylvia’s new manager is Brian Horner, and her booking agent is Brent Taylor of the Joe Taylor Artist Agency. She’s started recording a new album, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. She plans to go on tour to promote it. “We’re really gearing up for next year,” she says. She’s hoping some of the people who came to see her at those county fairs, back when she did 60 fairs in 90 days for several years in a row, will come to see her again.


“I’m very happy, I love my life, I love my coaching work,” Sylvia Hutton says. “I love that I’m still able to sing and that people are still interested in hearing me sing. I’m excited about the prospect of doing more concerts in the future.”
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Wow talk about a blast from the past. I remember her from the early 80's.
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Post NEW Sylvia Album Update...

Sylvia's NEW album, "All in the Family" is scheduled to be released in June! This past November I heard her sing the excellent title track, in addition to others from the album and I can hardly wait to hear the studio versions!

I wanted to share this nice, brand new write-up with everyone...
http://smswf.com/sylvia/

For Sylvia, being an artist is not only about singing. It’s also about listening deeply to herself, to others, and to the stories that want to be told. That’s what first led her to discover her love of music as a child and, subsequently, to enjoy more than two decades of a successful and multifaceted career as a singer and songwriter. But listening is also what brought Sylvia to a crossroads more than 14 years ago, when she heard a new call.

While profoundly grateful for the chance she had in her young adulthood to see the world from the jump seat of a tour bus, she began to crave other experiences and, in particular, opportunities to help others. She answered this call by becoming a certified life and career coach through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA in 2002. Since then, she has coached business executives, artists of all genres, small business owners, individuals, and non-profit organizations to make the same type of productive self-discovery that provides positive momentum as they develop both personally and professionally. For nine years, she also served on the board of a non-profit organization that serves and supports the chronically mentally ill. She never stopped singing during this time – keeping a weekly appointment with her voice teacher and continuing to participate in benefit concerts – but she made a conscious choice to pivot away from music and pursue new and different contexts in which to cultivate her long-held personal values of compassion, curiosity, and non-judgment.

Sylvia has described music as a living, breathing thing that needs time and space to grow. Now – having given it that time and space – she is hearing its call once again and telling the stories that want to be told. June 2016 will see the release of All in the Family, her first album in 14 years and also the first on which she co-wrote the majority of the songs. On this album, Sylvia touches on the choices, challenges, and turns in the road that have brought her to where she stands today and delivers her most personal material to date, combining her skill as a vocalist with her heart as a storyteller.

Also on this album, Sylvia speaks directly to listeners who might themselves be considering a new start. Rejecting conventional binaries about youth, age, and their bearings on one’s creativity and relevance, Sylvia celebrates her experience and unapologetically owns her voice as a seasoned artist. In doing so, she welcomes listeners to live fully in the present moment – embracing all the possibilities it holds – without discarding the past, seamlessly weaving her current music in with the sounds and songs of her early career. As a performer, she still enjoys singing hits like “Nobody,” “Tumbleweed,” and “Drifter,” but she brings to them a presence and perspective that infuses them with new life, reminding fans why they first fell in love with her music while also allowing them to experience it anew.

Although at one time Sylvia might have classified her years away from music as a detour, today she has the confidence, clarity, and courage to see them as vital steps on her journey – steps that have allowed her to reemerge as a more complete, more conscious artist than ever before. This viewpoint directly informs All in the Family, and she is eager to share it with new listeners as well as her long-time fans who have grown along with her.

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