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Minnie Riperton was an American singer/songwriter who rose to prominence during the 1970s. Born into a musical family, she embraced the arts at an early age. Although she began with ballet and modern dance, her parents recognized her vocal skills and encouraged her pursue music and voice. She received operatic vocal training at Chicago’s Lincoln Center from Marion Jeffrey. While studying under Jeffrey, she sang operettas and show tunes in preparation for a career in opera. Jeffrey was so convinced of her pupil’s abilities, that she encouraged Riperton to continue her studies at Chicago’s Junior Lyric Opera. However, Riperton was interested in soul, rhythm and blues and rock. She began her professional career as a member of The Gems at age 15. Although The Gems achieved little commercial success, they became a studio group known as Studio Three. They sang background on the Fontella Bass hit “Rescue Me.” The Gems released the singles “I Can’t Help Myself” and “He Makes Me Feel So Good.” Riperton eventually left the group to pursue a solo career. She released her debut solo album, “Come To My Garden”, in 1970 via GRT Records. In 1973, a college intern for Epic Records found Riperton in semi-retirement. She had become a homemaker and mother of two in Gainsville, FL. After hearing a demo of “Seeing You This Way”, the representative took the tape to Epic Records. Riperton signed with the label and released the album “Perfect Angel.” The albums’s first three singles “Reasons”, “Taking A Little Trip” and “Seeing You This Way” received very little attention. The album’s fourth single, “Loving You”, caught on and topped the charts in the United States and 24 other countries. Riperton went on to release the albums “Adventures In Paradise” (1975), “Stay In Love” (1977), “Minnie” (1979) and “Love Lives Forever” (1980). Minnie Riperton died of breast cancer on July 12, 1979. She was 32 years old.