(December 17, 2012) We're sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of singer Linda Howard, best known as part of the 80s Motown quartet, High Inergy. Howard died in Los Angeles late last week, though we don't have more information on the cause. Earlier this year, Howard had announced that she was working on her first solo album. She issued the very nice single, "I'm Not Mad At You," this past Summer, which you can hear below. She will be missed.
High Inergy, which was formed in Pasadena, California, initially consisted of Michelle Martin, Linda Howard and sisters Vernessa and Barbara Mitchell. The quartet was discovered by Berry Gordy's sister Gwen and was signed to Motown in 1976. Their debut album Turnin' On was a success on the strength of their popular single "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)." Unfortunately that was the quartet's commercial high point.
High Inergy never landed another hit in either the Soul or Pop Top 40, though it wasn't for lack of trying. They released an amazing eight albums in a six year period, the last half dozen of which were made without Vernessa, who left for a successful solo Gospel career. They hit the lower end of the Soul charts with "Lovin' Fever" and "Shoulda Gone Dancin" and had an enjoyable, if underappreciated, final release, the pop/dance number "He's A Pretender," before splitting in 1984. Read full High Inergy biography.