Lynda Cheryl Smith (born March 11, 1957), known better by her professional name Cheryl Lynn, is an American disco, R&B and soul singer known best for her 1978 disco song, “Got to Be Real”.
Lynn released her first and best-known song, “Got to Be Real,” which was composed by keyboardist David Paich (of the band Toto), David Foster and Lynn. The song scored #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 on the Rhythm & Blues chart. The success of the single album prompted a full scale debut album. Named Cheryl Lynn, it was produced by Paich. The album sold more than a million copies and scored #5 on Billboard magazine’s R&B albums chart and #23 on Billboard’s top 200 album charts.
Wieder and Footman joined songwriting forces with the artist for her second album, In Love (album) with “Got Just What You Need!”
During this time, members of the rock music group Toto were producing their debut album. During the production Lynn was asked to provided the female backing vocal for the single album, “Georgy Porgy,”. The single scored #48 on Billboard’s popular music charts. Although Toto would go on to chart more than a dozen popular music successes throughout the years, it was Lynn’s vocal for “Georgy Porgy” that aided the group in charting their only R&B (#18) and Dance (#80) on the Billboard charts.
In 1987, Lynn release the album “Start Over”, her first and last album for Manhattan Records. This album charted higher than her previous release, but still stalled at #55 on the US R&B chart. Two singles, “New Dress” and “If You Were Mine” were released, but did not revive the project.
The 12″ single of “If You Were Mine” was mixed by Bruce Forest.
If You Were Mine (Dance Mix) 8:55
If You Were Mine (Radio Mix) 3:58
If You Were Mine (Instrumental) 9:04