Recording Artist Carolyn Griffey of Shalamar gives VFG some love!

by Bernadette on April 5, 2011

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VFG  Bernadette was able to spend some  time with her long time friend and Recording Artist, Carolyn Griffey, while she was in town. Carolyn had performed a show with her mom in Los Angeles, March 2011. And on her last night in Cali, they went to visit their family friend, Al B Sure! at a recording studio…Since it was a long night, Carolyn made time to give the Valleywood Fit Girls a special shout-out!

Music Video: “A Night To Remember”

Absolute “Cheap Shot”

Absolute was an obscure New Jack Swing R&B group, whose members were Carolyn Griffey and Tiara Lemacks. This group released an album, For All Seasons, in 1990. The singles they had were, ‘Cheap Shot’ and ‘Gotta Lambada’ ( from the movie soundtrack of Lambada) in 1990. Lemacks had been singing background vocals for other R&B artists in the 1990s. Griffey is also singing background vocals, and was a member of the group Shalamar, which was re-incarnated by Howard Hewett in 2005, and participated in a talent show in England.

Carolyn Griffey is an American female soul vocalist, and member of the soul funk group Shalamar. She is the daughter of Singer Carrie Lucas and Solar Records Boss Dick Griffey,  who worked with Don Cornelius in the television program, Soul Train.

Griffey grew up around The Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, Dynasty, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and James Brown, who all appeared on Soul Train or who were signed to Solar Records.

In 1990 she was signed to Sony Records as part of the New Jack Swing duo called ‘Absolute’. This group released one album, For All Seasons, in 1990. Their singles included “Cheap Shot” and “Gotta Lambada” (from the movie soundtrack of Lambada.)

She is currently a member of Shalamar, and appeared on ITV’s Hit Me, Baby, One More Time in 2005, and has been touring the world with the Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel. She also retains ownership of the group name ‘Shalamar’ as a registered trademark.

She also sings with the Andre Crouch Gospel Choir, who are known for their work on Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror“, “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There“.

Griffey currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her partner the Grammy Award nominated record producer and songwriter, Kurt ‘KC’ Clayton and their children.

In October 2009, Griffey performed with Hewett and Daniel in Shalamar at London’s O2 Arena. This prompted a return for a tour in the UK in April 2010.

Thank you for the love & support! We love you Carolyn! –vfg2011


  1. Bernadette says:

    You’re such an amazing, beautiful woman! Thank you for always guiding me and inspiring me to believe anything is possible! I have so much respect for you….I am so glad that you’re in my life. I love your family & friends. Looking forward to spending more time with you. God Bless You Always! Love u mama! xoxo

  2. Cynthia Mednick says:

    Love you guys! 😉 ☮ ♥