Lawanda McFarland (Wanda Dee) grew up in the Bronx, New York. Her mother is Freda Payne, a jazz and pop singer who worked with Duke Ellington, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones, while her aunt is Scherrie Payne of The Supremes. While still a teenager, she became the first female hip hop DJ as the protégée of hip hop DJ Kool Herc, who gave her the stage name “Wanda Dee”. She was eventually introduced to Afrika Bambaataa, who inducted her into his Universal Zulu Nation. Alongside of her boyfriend/business partner, rapper Richard Sisco (“Sisco Kid”), she appeared in Beat Street, a 1984 film about the hip hop sub-culture produced by Harry Belafonte. Wanda and Sisco’s relative success – she received many offers to go on tour while he did not – contributed to the pair breaking up. At the time, Wanda had already met Eric Floyd, her future husband and manager.
Floyd encouraged her to switch from the turntables to the microphone and in 1986, she released her first single, “Blue Eyes”, produced by British hit factory Stock Aitken Waterman.
Blue Eyes (7″ Radio Edit) 2:43
Blue Eyes (Instrumental) 5:18
Blue Eyes (Extended Dance Mix) 5:18