Karyn White is probably the least discussed of the crop of females who rose to dance floor and pop chart success in the late ’80s-early ’90s-a list that includes Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Taylor Dayne and Pebbles-but for a few years, she was a fixture on the charts, with sultry caramel good looks and an appealing voice. Her 1989 hit “Superwoman” turned into a ladies’ anthem, and she scored a #1 pop smash in 1991 with “Romantic.”
Eighteen years after the release of her last album, 1994’s Make Him Do Right, Karyn is back on the scene (there was a greatest hits album released about half a decade ago that contained some new material, but otherwise she’s been silent.) With an adult daughter attending college (random trivia: dad is Terry Lewis of Jam & Lewis fame) Karyn can now re-focus on her career, and she’s returned with the song and video “Sista Sista.”
No, the Mowry twins do not make a special appearance in this video. The song’s an appealing slow-burner with a bit of an acoustic, old-school vibe, and Karyn sings purposefully about women sticking together. She still sounds great and looks great. It’s nice to see all of these artists from my youth and early teenage years-Karyn, Jody Watley, SWV and others-still kicking around and making good music.
Look for her new album, Carpe Diem, sometime later this year.