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1995’s I Refuse to Be Lonely is the album Phyllis Hyman was working on when she committed suicide with a barbiturate overdose in her New York City apartment. Though the album was released almost 20 years after Hyman first became a star, its outstanding pedigree is testament to the singer’s unwavering commitment to high-caliber musicianship. Produced by the legendary duo of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the songs are lush and evocative without resorting to vintage production gimmicks. Though the singer’s friends insisted that the album wasn't intended as a farewell message—they said that Hyman was focused on themes of empowerment at the time of her death—it’s impossible to ignore the dimension of poignancy in “I Refuse to Be Lonely,” “Waiting for the Last Tear to Fall,” and “This Too Shall Pass.” Hyman was never shy about expressing her struggles with depression, and the great achievement of her final album is that she refused to wallow in uncertainty. She addressed fear and regret head-on and owned her inner sadness without sacrificing her pride.

Customer Reviews

I've been waiting for this!

I bought this CD when it first came out. I am a huge Phyllis Hyman fan. I wish her life story is put on film. I think everyone needs to recognize true talent.

Refuse to Be Lonely

I love her, Miss her and she left us to soon.......

I Love Phyllis

A true DIVA gone too soon. I Love her muisc & this was one of my Fav CDs.


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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