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Taja Sevelle (born Nancy Richardson) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known for her 1987 single, "Love Is Contagious"[1] and for the non-profit organization Urban Farming, which she founded in 2005.

Sevelle signed a record contract with Prince's Paisley Park Records in 1987.[2] She released three albums on that label: Taja Sevelle (1987), Fountains Free (1991) and Toys of Vanity (1997). Only two of the songs she recorded were written or co-written by Prince: "Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" and "If I Could Get Your Attention", both from her debut album.

She was first featured on background vocals on Prince & the Revolution's 1985 album Around the World in a Day on the song "The Ladder".

During the 1990s, Sevelle wrote several songs for Warner Music.[2]

Taja SevelleEdit

Recording processEdit

The album Taja Sevelle was produced by Minneapolis musician Chico Bennett. She mainly worked with Warner Bros. executives on the album.

Chart performanceEdit

It failed to chart in the US, but reached number 48 in the UK.[3]



Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Peak chart positions
1987 Taja Sevelle 52 48
1991 Fountains Free
1997 Toys of Vanity

Extended playsEdit

Year EP
2004 Good Times EP[5]


Year Song Peak chart positions

NLD 40
NLD 100
1987 "Love Is Contagious" 62 58 8 20 7
1988 "Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" 61 78 59
"Take Me for a Ride"
1991 "Trouble Having You Near"
1998 "A Lot Like You"
"I & I"
2000 "Never Givin' Up"
2003 "Sympathy for the Devil"
2014 "Little Diva"

Music videosEdit

Song # Ref
"Love Is Contagious" 2 [9]
"Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" 1
"Trouble Having You Near"
"I & I"

Urban FarmingEdit

In 2005, Taja founded the non-profit organization Urban Farming.[10] Its mission is "to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe."[11]

The organization began by planting 3 gardens of free food in Detroit and there are now over 63,400 gardens in 61 countries around the world that are a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain.[12]


  1. ^ Larry Flick. "550's Sevelle re-creates herself with 'Toys' set." Billboard 11 Oct. 1997: 7, 24. Platinum Periodicals. ProQuest. Accessed 18 Sep. 2007
  2. ^ a b "Versatile Sevelle finding her niche", The Free Lance-Star, December 4, 1997 (p.23)
  3. ^ a b c "Taja Sevelle | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  4. ^ a b Discografie Taja Sevelle (in Dutch). Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Good Times EP – Taja Sevelle". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Taja Sevelle Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100 for Taja Sevelle. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Taja Sevelle Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Taja Sevelle. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Taja Sevelle (in Dutch). Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Biography". Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Taja Sevelle: From Prince protege to urban farmer and back". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
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