What A Feelin'
Dancepop Euro Disco
01. Flashdance... What a Feeling (Radio Edit) [03:59]
02. Why Me? (12" Mix) [07:05]
03. Breakdance (Radio Edit) [03:29]
04. The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream) [04:51]
05. You Took My Life Away [03:55]
06. Keep On [03:31]
07. Romance '83 [03:58]
08. Cue Me Up [03:26]
09. Receiving [03:44]
10. You Were Made for Me [04:23]
11. Talk Too Much [04:03]
12. Breakdance (Extended Remix) [05:27]
13. The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream) (Extended Remix) [06:51]
14. Flashdance... What a Feeling (Extended Remix) [07:12]
15. Flashdance... What a Feeling (Instrumental) [08:04]
Irene Cara (born March 18, 1959) is an American singer and actress. Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling." She is also known for her recording of the song "Fame", and she also starred in the 1980 film Fame.
The 1980 hit movie Fame catapulted Irene Cara to stardom. Cara was originally cast as a dancer, and when production heard her voice they re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song "Fame" and the film’s other single "Out Here on My Own". These songs helped make the film's soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year: It was the first time two songs from the same film were nominated in the same category and both sung by the same artist. Thus, Cara had the opportunity to be one of the few singers to perform more than one song at the Oscar ceremony. "Fame", written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, won the award that year.
Cara earned Grammy nominations in 1980 for Best New Female Artist and Best New Pop Artist, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical. Billboard Magazine named her Top New Single Artist, while Cashbox Magazine awarded her both Most Promising Female Vocalist and Top Female Vocalist.
Asked by the Fame TV series' producers to reprise her role as Coco Hernandez, she declined so as to focus her attention on her recording career. As a result, Erica Gimpel assumed the role.
What a Feelin' is Irene Cara's second album and most successful to date. Unlike her R&B heavy debut, this album is dominated by Dance-pop and Euro disco songs produced by the legendary producer Giorgio Moroder. Many of the songs were co-written by Cara herself. Includes the major hit singles, "Dream (Hold On to Your Dream)" (US #37), "Flashdance... What a Feelin'" (her only #1 hit in the US), "Why Me?" (US #13), "You Were Made for Me" (US #78) and "Breakdance" (which was her third and last Top 10 single in the US, reaching #8).
Cara lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel. Their album called Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel was released on April 4th, 2011.