Sybil (singer)

Sybil Lynch, known simply as Sybil,[1] is an American R&B and pop singer–songwriter. Sybil gained notable success in her career with songs during the mid-1980s into the mid-1990s. She is the cousin of former En Vogue singer Maxine Jones.

Birth nameSybil Ilona Lynch
Born (1966-12-09) December 9, 1966 (age 54)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Associated acts


Sybil signed to Next Plateau Records in the United States (with a licensing deal with Champion Records in the United Kingdom) and began recording in 1986 with the release of her first single "Falling in Love". The record reached the top 30 on the Dance charts and began a successful career for Sybil,[2] releasing her debut album Let Yourself Go a year later, which was a minor hit. Sybil achieved worldwide crossover hits with her cover versions of Dionne Warwick's hits "Don't Make Me Over" and "Walk On By", which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil's biggest hit in the US, peaking at #20,[2] and was a #1 hit in New Zealand. "Walk On By" is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6,[2] closely followed by Gabrielle (#7). Sybil's self-titled second album became her biggest-selling album in the US. She signed with PWL Records for the UK market for this album, where it was titled Walk On By. Sybil would be signed to PWL Records until 1998.

Sybil's third album, Sybilization was released in the fall of 1990, but went largely unnoticed. In January 1993, Sybil achieved her most successful hit in the UK charts, with a cover of "The Love I Lost" peaking at #3; its follow-up "When I'm Good and Ready" peaked at #5.[2] That same year, Sybil released two different albums: Doin' It Now! in North America and Good 'N' Ready in Europe. While sharing four songs on their track listing, Doin' It Now! has a more R&B/soul sound, while Good N' Ready mixes her soul sound with Stock and Waterman-penned Europop. In the US, "The Love I Lost" was released as a double A-side with the Sybil co-penned original "You're The Love of My Life" as the first single of the album.

In 1997, Sybil terminated her contract with Next Plateau Records with a Greatest Hits album, and later that same year, she released her last album to date, Still a Thrill, which was released in Europe and Japan only. Afterwards, Sybil kept a low profile, still touring and releasing new house/dance singles in the new millennium aimed at the club market. Sybil appeared on the UK version of the TV series Hit Me, Baby, One More Time in 2005 performing her hit "When I'm Good and Ready". She works in education, formerly teaching lyric & songwriting composition and creative writing, and is now a program coordinator and lead achievement coach at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, N.C. Sybil still does gigs and releases the occasional single.


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1987 Let Yourself Go 92
1989 Sybil [A]
  • Release date: September 20, 1989
  • Label: Next Plateau
75 12 61 3 21
1990 Sybilization
  • Release date: October 19, 1990
  • Label: Next Plateau
1993 Doin' It Now!
  • Release date: March 3, 1993
  • Label: Next Plateau
Good 'N' Ready
  • Release date: May 14, 1993
  • Label: Next Plateau
1997 Still a Thrill
  • Release date: December 8, 1997
  • Label: Coalition
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Album was released as Sybil in North America and Australasia and as Walk On By in the United Kingdom.

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Greatest Hits (1997, Next Plateau)
  • Sybil's Greatest Hits (2007)

Remix albumEdit


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album


1986 "Falling in Love" 29 29 68 Let Yourself Go
1987 "Let Yourself Go" ft. Debbie Pender 46 23 32
"My Love Is Guaranteed" 54 4 42
1988 "Can't Wait (On Tomorrow)" 90 49 Sybil
1989 "Don't Make Me Over" 20 2 4 144 58 40 48 1 19
"Walk On By" 74 3 7 21 15 2 6
"All Through the Night" 84 Let Yourself Go
1990 "Crazy 4 U" (featuring Salt-n-Pepa) 19 147 30 26 71 Sybil
"I Wanna Be Where You Are" 86
"Make It Easy on Me" 52 160 76 99 Sybilization
1991 "Open Up the Door"
"Go On" 78
"Let It Rain"
"Lovely Day"
1993 "You're the Love of My Life" 90 37 Doin' It Now!
"The Love I Lost" (with West End) 18 145 68 9 3
"When I'm Good and Ready" 213 46 6 5 Good 'N' Ready
"Beyond Your Wildest Dreams" 90 41
"Stronger Together" 41
"My Love Is Guaranteed" (Remix) 48 Good 'N' Ready
1996 "So Tired of Being Alone" 53
1997 "When I'm Good and Ready" (Remix) 66 Greatest Hits
"Still a Thrill" 55 Still a Thrill
"Why" 81
1998 "When I Fall in Love" (with The Klub Family) Non-album song
2002 "When I Fall in Love" (with Blaze) 91
"You Should've Told Me
2006 "Don't Give Up"
"It's Too Late"
2008 "Shining Star"
2009 "Stronger (Can't Look Back)"
2011 "Troubled Waters"
2016 "Together You And I" (with The Four Kings)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured singlesEdit

Year Single Artist Peak Album
1990 "Independent" Salt-n-Pepa 85 Blacks' Magic


Her song "Make It Easy On Me" was covered by Lisa Scott-Lee on the Steps album Steptacular. The hook of the song "Don't Make Me Over" is sampled on the Caron Wheeler track "I Adore You". "Let Yourself Go" was sampled by Shinji Hosoe on the track "Feeling Over" for Namco's 1994 racing game Ridge Racer.


  1. ^ (14 May 1992) CELEBRATING WITH SYBIL UP-AND-COMING POP SINGER'S A FAMILIAR FACE TO LOCAL FOLKS, News & Record (Greensboro), Retrieved October 28, 2010
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  6. ^ a b "UK Charts > Sybil". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Sybil – Sybil". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received July 15, 2015". Imgur. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "GER Charts > Sybil". Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Sybil". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "NLD Charts > Sybil". MegaCharts. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  12. ^ "US Certifications > Sybil". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 2, 2020.

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