She got her start performing in the bands Hi-Octane and Trama before launching a solo career.
She also sang backup on tour for Gloria Estefan for nine years.
Her first disc was the Lou Pace-produced 1986 album, Perfect Timing, and over the next few years she launched several hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart.
She had two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart with "Serious" (1987, #8) and "Joy and Pain" (1989, #10).
1995's "Real", her last US chart hit, was taken from the soundtrack to the Sylvester Stallone film The Specialist.