Lisa Stansfield is an English recording artist and actress. Born in Manchester, Lancashire, her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition, Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984. The band released few singles and one album, but after the success of "People Hold On" in 1989 on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career.
Stansfield's first solo album, Affection, and its worldwide chart-topping lead single, "All Around the World", were major breakthroughs in her career. She was nominated for two Grammy Awards and Affection is currently her best-selling album. In the following years, Stansfield released Real Love, So Natural and Lisa Stansfield. In 1999, she appeared in her first film, Swing, and also recorded the soundtrack for it. Her next albums included Face Up, Biography: The Greatest Hits and The Moment. After that, Stansfield took a break from music and focused on her film career. In 2008, she starred in The Edge of Love and in 2013 she appeared in Northern Soul.