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The Emotions Biography


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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1968-present
Genres: R&B, Soul Music., Disco


The Emotions is an all-female R&B/Soul vocal group that formed in their hometown of Chicago, and originally consisted of sisters Sheila Hutchinson, Wanda Hutchinson and Jeanette Hutchinson. The sisters’ father was instrumental in honing their talents, teaching the girls to play instruments and sing from an early age. At the age of 5, the girls began singing publically in their local church choir under the name, The Hutchinson Sunbeams.

In 1968 the trio changed their name to The Emotions and in 1969 releasef their debut album, “So I Can Love You.” The title track off the album, written by Sheila, was a minor hit, along with “The Best Part Of A Love Affair.”

1970 saw Jeanette marry and give birth to her first child, taking some time away from the group. 1971 saw the release of The Emotion’s second effort, “Untouched,” which spurred the hits, “Show Me How” and “If You Think It.”

It would be five years before the trio released their third studio album, 1976’s “Flowers, which produced the hits, “Flowers” and “I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love.” The Hutchinson’s youngest sister, Pamela Hutchinson, began to tour with the group around this time.

The Emotions’ 1977 album “Rejoice,” and 1978 “Sunbeam” were big commercial successes with Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, and Clarence McDonald producing the LPs. The single, “Best Of My Love” from the album “Rejoice,” spent five weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Pop chart in 1977. That same year saw Jeanette take time off once again to concentrate on raising her expanding family. Pamela took over her sister’s duties.

1979 saw a collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire, which scored the band their second hit, “Boogie Wonderland.” The group continued to record during the 1980s and briefly signed with Motown Records.

The current lineup of The Emotions consists of Wanda Hutchinson, Pamela Hutchinson and Sheila Hutchinson. In 2010 the sisters signed with Stardom Records and collaborated with rapper Snoop Dogg for the single, “Life,” written by Wanda’s daughters and Terrace Martin.