Government Name: Lugenia Thompson
Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey
Period of Relevance: 1996-1998
Claim to Fame: Shortly after graduating high school, Thompson signed a recording contract with Mercury Records. Her debut album, No Body Does it Better, was released in 1996 and featured production from Rodney Jerkins and features from rap duo Ill Al Skratch, and—a then relatively unknown—Missy Elliott. The album later became a platinum seller, due in large part to a Bad Boy remix of her single, “The Things You Do”, by Diddy (Puff Daddy at the time of course). The song reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on the R&B charts.
Following that album’s release, she recorded and released, “You Bring the Sunshine”, which served as the lead single off the NBA @ 50 compilation album. The single peaked moderately at #50 on the Hot 100. She was subsequently featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 film “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, and provided background vocals to songs by MC Lyte and Missy Elliott.
The Decline: In 1999, Thompson, now signed to Missy’s Goldmind/Elektra imprint, was slated to a sophomore release, If You Only Knew, but after two dismally charting singles—“Ya di Ya” reached #38 on the Billboard R&B charts and “Caught Up” featuring Beanie Sigel, didn’t crack any charts—the project was shelved. Thompson allegedly “asked” to be released from her contract soon after.
In February of 2009, Thompson released her official sophomore album, Missing You—through Blue Mountain/Sunset Urban Records and her own label, MaLjo Entertainment—but due to a lack of promotion, the album failed to enter a charting position on any of the Billboard charts, and she was soon dropped.
Last Seen: Gina Thompson’s video for “The Things You Do” was highlighted on a recent episode of VH1’s Behind the Music spotlighting Missy Elliott.
It’s been nearly four years since Gina Thompson released any new music—and over a decade since she had a Billboard hit—making her officially: MISSING IN MUSIC.
If you, or anyone you know, is aware of her whereabouts, please let us know.
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