Traditional R & B-pop star Lisa Stansfield has returned from the precipice of oblivion to her home turf in the international charts. Her self-titled fourth album, Lisa Stansfield, which is her first studio set in four years, has just been released on Artista Records. She is already showing strongly again with good sales in Britain and plenty of airplay. A remix of her 1989 vocal with Coldcut, People Hold On0, is a recent surprise No 3 entry and the new single, The Real Thing, also debuted in the Top Ten. With the essential input of her partner, producer and co-writer Ian Devancy, the impressive 45-minute set is a confident fusion of classic and contemporary references. This is also the first time that Stansfield and Devancy have worked with collaborators. Of the 13 tracks on the album, six are co-written - four with Richard Darbyshire, the songwriter and former singer with Living In The Box. Stansfield includes credible versions of two covers from the era that remains the couple's inspiration, Barry White's Never, Never Gonna Give You Up and the late Phyllis Hyman's disco anthem, You Know How To Love Me. With themes ranging from romance to personal reflections, this is an album about love which retains a raw edge. Simultaneously classic and contemporary, the set offers a solid combination of ballads, mid-tempo grooves and up-tempo dance beats. The stirring melodies and timeless, heartfelt lyrics are delivered with style. The album features pacey grooves on Never Gonna Fall and the funk-driven The Line. A true native of England's northern soul landscape - born in Rochdale, Lancashire - Stansfield's all-time soul heroines are Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight. But she is also a fan of such contemporary pop-leaning British soul acts as Eternal and Gabrielle, winner of the 1997 Brit Award for best British female vocalist. Her early talent as a performer was first spotted by a Granada TV producer, leading to an initial career as a television presenter. Later she joined forces with old school friends Ian Devancy and Andy Morris to form Blue Zone. Brought to the attention of top DJ mixers Coldcut following the club success of Big Thing, Stansfield's first chart glory came in 1989 when she guested on Coldcut's smash hit, People Hold On, coincidentally currently storming the charts in bootleg form seven years on. Now she is an international star with 10 million in album sales to her name and hits throughout the world. She won multi-platinum global garlands with 1989's Affection, 1991's Real Love and 1993's So Natural. She has scored hit singles with the likes of All Around The World, This Is The Right Time, Live Together, You Can't Deny It, Change, All Woman, Time To Make You Mine, Set Your Loving Free and So Natural, Stansfield is one of Britain's foremost female singer-songwriters. She remains a unique artist, her timeless music spanning genres and generations.