Fern Kinney is an R&B and disco singer, best remembered for
her releases, "Groove Me" and "Together We Are Beautiful".
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Fern began singing in the late
1960s, and joined the vocal group, The Poppies. She
remained in the group with Dorothy Moore and Rosemary
Taylor for about two years, and also released a solo single,
"Your Love's Not Reliable" on Atlantic.
In the early 1970s, Fern worked as a session backing
vocalist, appearing on the Top 10 singles "Groove Me"
(King Floyd') and "Misty Blue" (Dorothy Moore).
In 1979 Fern decided to attempt a solo comeback. She
recorded her own version of "Groove Me", changing the
rhythm on the song to turn it into a disco dance track. The song
reached number 6 on the Billboard dance chart. Her next single
"Together We Are Beautiful", released in 1980, was more
pop-oriented with a slower, sultry treatment. It failed to chart
in the United States, but sailed to number one in the United
Kinney's subsequent releases continued in the disco style,
however by this time the disco fad had reached its peak and
Kinney was unable to repeat her success. In 1982, she was
encouraged to try Country music by Carson Whitsett, who had
produced her earlier hits and was now based in Nashville. Six
solid country tracks were cut, all good songs and productions,
but Music Row was not inclined to take a chance on a former
disco singer. Ironically, Lorrie Morgan picked up one of the
songs Fern recorded, Whitsett’s “Dear Me,” which became her
breakthrough hit. Meanwhile, Fern had returned to her earlier
career as a backing vocalist.