Actress, fashion model and singer Vanessa Williams  enjoyed  success towards the end of the 1980s with an up-dated Philly soul sound. The number one single “Dreamin’”, produced by Donald Robinson, was taken from her gold-certified debut album “The Right Stuff”, which was released on February 1st 1988 on Wing/Mercury Records. “Dreamin’” peaked at number one week-ending February 18th 1989 (2 weeks) on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart.

Around the time of Vanessa Williams’ success with her debut single and album, Jean Carne made her final top forty album “You’re a Part of Me”, released by Atlantic/Omni Records (1988). The album features a remake of Aretha Franklin’s classic “Ain’t No Way”, produced by Nick Martinelli, which peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart. The album featured many of the famous session musicians who played on many Philly classic records during the 1970s.

This  was followed by Regina Belle with her second studio album which went  gold with the help of Nick Martinelli, who produced five tracks on the “Stay with Me” album, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart week-ending December 2nd 1989 (1 week).  Taken from the album was the number one single “Make It Like Was” (produced by Nick Martinelli) which peaked at the top  of the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart week-ending February 3rd 1990 (1 week).