Billie Ray Martin may be an unlikely candidate for induction into the Diva Hall of Fame but her deeply soulful voice and an ear of what the musical landscape was at any given time during her career makes her the perfect choice.
Her first big break came with the group Electribe 101 whose Talking With Myself is considered a classic in all its various incarnations. The original version released in 1988 still holds up to this day but got a makeover by none other than Frankie Knuckles in 1990. However, it wasn't until 1998 when a new set of remixes by Canny (one a Trance mix and the other a Chill mix) both won the hearts and minds of club-goers and the electronic music community.
By the mid-90's Electribe 101 had broken up while negotiating a new record contract and Billie ultimately went solo and was signed to Sire/Warner in the US. The resulting album was the absolutely mesmerizing Deadline For My Memories coupled with Kristine W's Land of the Living (released around the same time in 199