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).