After releasing several unsuccessful singles in her mid-teens (she also co-hosted a Children's TV pop show at this time, Razzmatazz with Alistair Pirrie), she became a major international star beginning with her guest vocal stint on Coldcut's UK classic, "People Hold On". She is probably best known for her first number one single, "All Around the World", which reached the Top Ten in the United States in 1990. Other worldwide hits from her solo debut ''Affection'' include "This is the Right Time", "Live Together", "What Did I Do To You" and "You Can't Deny It". Both "Been Around the World" and "You Can't Deny It" hit No. 1 on Billboard's R&B charts. ''Affection'' went platinum in the US, and sold a total of 5 million copies worldwide.
In 1992, Stansfield won a Brit award as best British female solo artist. However, her second album ''Real Love'' did not quite live up to the success of ''Affection'', despite selling very well. However, it did spawn four Top 40 singles on the European charts: "Change", "All Woman", "Time to Make You Mine" and "Set Your Loving Free". "All Woman" became Stansfield's third No. 1 single on Billboard's R&B charts, and due to the success of th...