Bofill suffered a stroke in 2006 and after three years of extensive therapy Angela still has not regained the ability to sing. Tonight on UNSUNG you will get to see the man who broke her heart and the reason she wrote her hit “I Try”
With the voice of an angel, singer Angela Bofill wowed audiences across the globe. This award winning recording artist (American Music Award nominee, Bammy Award and Blackbook Award recipient, to name a few) is more powerful and exciting as ever with her three and a half octave range. Her stellar sold out performances are only equaled by the love and enthusiasm bestowed upon her by her many fans and colleagues including Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Danny Glover, Prince, Santana, the late great Ray Charles and her god-father Tito Puente.
Born and raised inBy the age of eighteen, Angie was an accomplished singer and songwriter, jamming with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Nat Adderley Jr and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. She was a featured soloist with the Dance Theater of Harlem, majored in theater at the
by her Cuban father and Puerto Rican mother, this
Latin bombshell was exposed to a variety of musical styles, from Motown to
Aretha Franklin to Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Says Angela,
“Growing up in New York
City Harlem, if you didn’t have the
latest James Brown or a Supremes forty-five single, you weren’t hip. We
always had Latin music playing in the house as my parents were great music
lovers. In fact my father used to sit in and sing with the great Cuban
Angela’s solo recording career began in 1978 with her self-titled album, Angie. The hits This Time I’ll Be Sweeter and Under The Moon and Over the Sky began the career of a young woman whose unique blend of jazz and R&B established her as one of the top vocalists in both the pop and jazz world. Signed to GRP records, she released her sophomore recording titled, Angel of the Night. With hits like I Try and the title track, both her albums were simultaneously topping the pop, jazz and R&B charts in 1979 for months. Angela’s recording career was solidified.
In January 2006, Angela Bofill suffered a massive stroke that left her partially paralyzed and impaired her speech.
At the present time she is at home in
recovering. She is able
to lift her leg slightly, and with the help of a California
leg brace is able to take a few steps. She is beginning to have some feeling in her shoulder but still has no mobilityin her arm. Angie's spirits are good, she is receiving physical & speech therapy and is determined to sing again.
Like millions of Americans Angela was without health coverage.