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It took Phyllis Hyman five years to complete 1991’s Prime of My Life. While her detractors often accused her of being difficult to work with—an accusation that Hyman later confessed was to some degree true—her finished products were evidence of her superlative musical standards. While the rest of the R&B world was turning toward jumpy rhythms and teen-oriented subject matter, Hyman remained a resolutely mature presence in a world full of junior pretenders. No one from her generation was more adept at merging the worlds of jazz and R&B, as proven by the sumptuous tones of “When You Get Right Down to It,” “I Found Love,” and “Prime of My Life.” From a young age, Hyman was a virtuosic vocalist, but she had an even more uncommon quality: authenticity. Her singing is never rushed and never forced. The listener never feels that she's simply striking the notes and the words. Her verses feel like complete sentences, and she puts the intention of her entire soul into these performances. It's that quality that makes her songs truthful, from the self-affirming sentiments of “Prime of My Life” to the stark melancholy of “Living in Confusion” and “I Can’t Take It Anymore.”

Customer Reviews


For years I've been waiting for iTunes to add this album. It's by far one of my favorites. The last 30 seconds of "Meet Me on the Moon" still gives me goosebumps to this very day from the passion and power of her voice.


I love this albumwithout a doubt! This album reminds me that true, good, and classic music, such as this is ageless and, will stand the test of time! This is one of those albums that has the ability to take you on a journey beyond belife! Out of it all Miss Phyllis hyman was a class act all by herself! She is missed!

A Total Fan

Hands down, this women's voice is ridiculous!!! Sadden by her loss, but happy that she's left a lenghty catalogue for us to enjoy!


Born: July 6, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Phyllis Hyman began her career as a silky voiced, jazz-influenced singer and gradually moved into slick, heavily produced urban contemporary ballads and light dance numbers. Hyman won a scholarship to music school and then began her professional career with the group New Direction in 1971. When they disbanded after a national tour, Hyman joined the Miami ensemble All the People. She also worked there with another local group, the Hondo Beat, and appeared in the film Lenny. That was followed by a...
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