Jennifer Paige Scoggins (born September 3, 1973) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for the 1998 pop hit "Crush".
Jennifer Paige Scoggins was born on September 3, 1973, in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She is of English descent. At the age of five she began singing at local coffeehouses and restaurants with her older brother, Chance.
At the age of 17, she toured the country with a top 40 covers act, Vivid Image, and eventually relocated to Los Angeles. In August 1996, she performed in her hometown, Atlanta, in front of 50,000 people at the Olympic Games with the 10-piece covers band, Joe's Band. The same year, Paige teamed up with producer Andy Goldmark. They began with a dance version of Aretha Franklin's classic, "Chain of Fools". The record instantly came to the attention of the German indie label Edel Records, whose president, Jonathan First, was searching for a fresh-faced pop act to establish overseas presence. He was so impressed by Paige's talent that he flew to Los Angeles and gave her a recording contract.
Her debut album, Jennifer Paige, was released in August 1998, and consisted of guitar-driven mid-tempo songs such as "Questions", "Between You and Me", "Get to Me", and "Just to Have You". Critics took notice of her voice, and Billboard magazine declared that "Paige succeeds in the nearly impossible task of oozing smouldering sensuality without resorting to typical groans and moans; instead, she uses her notably flexible vocal range to convey the emotion of the tune. As a result, she breathes a refreshing intensity into the song."
The lead single, "Crush", was a hit, and was followed by two other singles, "Sober" and "Always You", the latter reaching #6 on the Billboard Dance Chart.
In the summer of 2000, Jennifer Paige recorded a new song for the soundtrack of the film Autumn in New York, called "Beautiful".
Paige toured the world, sang at the Vatican (though Pope John Paul II was not present), and performed at the World Music Awards. Her second album, Positively Somewhere, was anchored by the single "These Days", and was released in September 2001 in United States. It was not noticed until its European and Asian release in the summer of 2002, due to bad timing and a lack of promotion by her American label.
The European release launched a modest hit, "Stranded". The single made an instant impact on radio in countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Scandinavia. Positively Somewhere cracked the Top 10 in Japan and both singles became radio hits across Asia.
Flowers: The Jennifer Paige Hits Collection
In 2003, Edel released Flowers: The Jennifer Paige Hits Collection as a result of her parting ways with her record label. In October of the same year, Paige admitted she was no longer with either Hollywood Records or Edel Records. Paige continued writing for other artists, and compiling songs for a new studio effort. In April 2006, "The Calling", was chosen by Lifetime Television for their made-for-TV movie, Augusta, Gone, based on the book of the same name. The song was written by Paige and co-writer/producer Chris Landon of Loudnoize Entertainment.
Best Kept Secret
Paige began writing and recording her follow-up to Positively Somewhere in Ibiza, Spain. In 2007, Paige signed a record deal with indie company Glor Music Production. The album, titled Best Kept Secret, was released on April 25, 2008, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first single "Wasted" was released in March, experiencing success in Italy. Paige's official website announced "Underestimated" to be the second single from the album, and a music video for the single shortly followed. The third single was "Ta Voix (The Calling)" (duet with Lââm).
The album was re-released as a deluxe edition on November 20, 2009, featuring additional songs, including the new single, "Beautiful Lie" with Nick Carter, and a new version of "Crush" remixed by DJ Kore sung in French.
Paige & Palermo (The Fury)
In 2010, Paige announced that she had formed a band called "The Fury" together with Coury Palermo. Their first single "Silent Night" was released on iTunes on November 30, 2010, and their second Christmas single "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in 2011. In 2012, the duo changed their band name to Paige & Palermo and their debut EP "STAY" was released digitally on June 4, 2013, followed by their second EP "GO" which was released in August.
She released her first Christmas album, Holiday on November 12, 2012. It contained Paige's original songs and new arrangements of classic Christmas songs.
Fundraising campaign through Kickstarter for the album Starflower
In 2012, she co-wrote Smash Mouth's first single "Magic" for their album Magic. Paige is also busy working on new songs with some British record producers. On November 19, she released a new single, "Everything Is Better", to celebrate 30,000 likes on her official Facebook.
In 2015, she had released "Is It Ever Enough" on her YouTube channel. In the same time, she launched a fundraising campaign to produce her upcoming album Starflower through Kickstarter. In December 2016, her song Let Me Love You, was included in the compilation Nashville Indie Spotlight 2017. The album was released on March 31, 2017, while the lead single The Devil's in the Details was released on February 17, 2017.
- 1998 – Jennifer Paige
- 2001 – Positively Somewhere
- 2008 – Best Kept Secret
- 2012 – Holiday
- 2017 – Starflower
- 2003 – Flowers (The Hits Collection)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|"Ta Voix (The Calling)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||37||—||—||—||—|
|2017||"The Devil's in the Details"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Let Me Love You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Forget Me Not"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2001||Bethlehem Morning||It's Christmas – Natale in Vaticano|
|Come, O Come Emmanuel|
|2006||Hands And Hearts||Groundbreakers – Songwriter Series 2|
As featured performer
|1996||My Life Is Mine||Joe's Band||Sundance|
|Get High With You|
|1996||State Of Independence||Joe's Band||Listen|
|My Life Is Mine|
|Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire|
|High With You|
|Sleep Peacefully Tonight|
|1999||Wide Open Door||Peter Wolf||Progression|
|Different Is Beautiful|
|2000||Beautiful||Autumn in New York|
|2001||Power Of Destiny (English version)||TOKYOPOP Presents: Anime Trax, Vol. 1|
|2002||Kick It Into Gear||The Country Bears|
|2007||Gimme Gimme||Grace Is Gone|
|2008||In the Sunshine||Smart People|
|2001||Never Say Never||Tomomi Kahara||Never Say Never – EP|
|2014||Wicked Game||Lauren Winans||Wicked Game - Single|