Sandy Barber’s musical career begun at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem’s Talent Night where she placed second. An inspired Chris Curry of the audience saw potential and arranged an audition with David Jordan a.k.a Rare Pleasure. Sandy’s voice was matched to his song in progress and she became the vocalist on “Let Me Down Easy” released on Cheri Records.
Following her exposure with Rare Pleasure, Sandy met writer, producer and label owner Clyde Otis. Immediately signing her to Olde World Records, they began work on her 1977 debut solo album “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Stand-out track of the album “I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping” was co-written by Clyde Otis, Natt Adderley and Jay Hoggard, this track is produced by Jay too. Sandy packs power and soul in her defiant vocal. Following a dewy-eyed introduction, the funky rhythm section is set loose on the groove and the arrangement develops into an anthem packed full of drama and dynamic flourishes.
For those with a disposition for disco, Opolopo’s beat-focussed rework tailors the beauty of Sandy’s original for the dance floor.