Jamaica Girls were Brenda Hilliard, Deborah McGriff, and Rita Saunders. The trio released three singles, the first was “Rock The Beat” on Becket Records in 1982, the second was “Need Somebody New” on Sleeping Bag Records in 1983 and finally “On The Move” on Sire Records in 1986.
Brenda Hilliard had been part of the duo “Brenda & Albert” who released a single in 1974 and of soul-disco band Faith, Hope & Charity (1970-1978), she also released a hard-to-find solo single in 1983.
Deborah McGriff was a member of the Casablanca label’s eurodisco outfit “Ultimate” (1978-1980).
Rita Saunders was also a member of the band “Ultimate” (1978-1980) and after the band split, she would continue to provide backing vocals alongside her bandmate Deborah to such artists as Gwen McRae, Natasha Wilson and Ruffin & Kendrick.
The single “Need Somebody New” was written by Bert Reid (Crown Heights Affair) and Fred Zarr (Madonna/Eartha Kitt/Tina Turner).
Bert Reid also produced the single while Larry Levan & Ron St. Germain mixed the track.
Need Somebody New 6:07
Somebody New 5:50