Lumidee Cedeño (born October 13, 1984) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. She quickly rose to fame in 2003 with the release of her song "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)", which reached the top ten in over ten countries and number one in several European countries.

Birth nameLumidee Cedeño
Born (1984-10-13) October 13, 1984
East Harlem, New York, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2001–Present
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Logy Music Entertainment

Early life

Cedeño was born in East Harlem, New York. After her father died in 1995, she and her four siblings were raised by their grandparents. She began singing and rapping at the age of twelve. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of fourteen, after she was misdiagnosed with lupus.[1]

After graduating high school, she collaborated with a local neighborhood producer named DJ Tedsmooth to record her debut single, "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" for an independent record label called Straight Face.[2] Lumidee cites Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and Mary J. Blige as her major influences.[3]

Music career

2003–06: Almost Famous

She signed with Universal Records, where she released her debut album titled Almost Famous on June 24, 2003. Her debut single, "Never Leave You", peaked at number 3 in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom,[4] but it was her only hit until the 2007 release of "She's Like the Wind". According to Nielsen SoundScan, Almost Famous sold 276,000 copies in the U.S.

For the next few years, Lumidee was not in the mainstream music industry in the US, instead veering more towards reggaeton and dancehall music. After her hit single "Never Leave You" faded, Lumidee went overseas to continue her musical career in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. She released multiple mixtapes during the years, which was a mixtape consisting of new material, freestyles and tracks from 'Lumidee was also featured on several tracks in this area, having some success in Europe.

In 2006, Lumidee released a song for the FIFA World Cup album soundtrack entitled "Dance!". It featured a sample of the Whitney Houston track, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". The song was a club hit around Europe, successfully entering the charts in the countries where it was officially released.[5] In the summer of 2006, Lumidee was featured on Frankie Cutlass' 2006 Remix of his classic club hit anthem, "Puerto Rico" featuring Joell Ortiz, Voltio, and Yomo Toro.

2007: Unexpected

In 2007, Lumidee was named youth ambassador of the New York Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Walk.[6] On April 17, she released her second album, Unexpected,[7] under TVT Records. In an interview with Vibe, Lumidee spoke about signing with TVT Records stating, "TVT Records is the perfect way for me to come back and again I'm coming out of left field, just like with Never Leave You. Nobody ever thought of me coming back on a street credible label like TVT ... Actually, nobody ever thought of me really even coming back, period."[8] The U.S. single, "She's Like the Wind", peaked at 43, but it was not released in Europe. There, the label released the single "Crazy" featuring Pitbull, which had moderate chart success in Germany, Austria and the UK. Lumidee made an appearance on MTV Cribs, showing her New Jersey home, which aired on August 6, 2007.[9]

2009 - present

On May 13, 2009, Lumidee released a mixtape called I'm Up, Vol. 1 from her label, Logy Music Entertainment.[10] In late 2009, Lumidee worked on another mixtape entitled Luminadee, which was released exclusively on in early January 2010.[11] Lumidee was working on an album which was set to be released sometime in 2010, but ultimately it did not materialize.[12] In 2011, she appeared in a re-work of Remady's dance hit "No Superstar". In 2011, she collaborated with rapper Somaya Reece on the single "Dale Mami". The video debuted on Mun2's "Urban Tip" on January 11, 2012. Universal Australia, Toughstuff Germany and Sony Scandinavia signed "Ring My Bell" (Michael Fall featuring Lumidee, Rick Elback and Aziza) for release in 2014. On June 24, 2014, in an interview with Kevin Apaza of, Lumidee mentioned starting her own label Logy Music Entertainment. After leaving her previous major label, she will release her EP La Luz through her label Logy Music Entertainment.[13]



  1. Gail Mitchell, "R&B singer Lumidee rejects one-hit-wonder tag" Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  2. Jeffries, David (April 2, 2008). "Lumidee Biography". Retrieved September 3, 2008.
  3. Lumidee - biography, photos and more Archived February 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 09-16-10
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 333. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. Lumidee Retrieved September 16, 2010
  6. Lumidee Named Arthritis Youth Ambassador Archived October 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Hip Hop Crunch. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  7. Unexpected by Lumidee @ Retrieved 09-06-10
  8. Gary Gentles, (November 7, 2006) Uh Oh! Lumidee Inks New Deal, Album To Drop Early 2007 Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  9. Dallas Austin, Floyd Mayweather, Lumidee - MTV Cribs Retrieved 09-06-10
  10. I'm Up, Vol. 1 - Lumidee | Retrieved 09-17-10
  11. Lumidee - Luminadee | Mixtapes Retrieved 09-16-10
  12. *WHERE ARE THEY NOW* Lumidee Archived April 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved September 16, 2010
  13. "Page not found". Directlyrics.
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