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High Five

Martha Wash returns with ‘Something Good’

You might not know her name but you probably know her mighty voice. Martha Wash put the oomph in a number of popular songs in the ’80s and ’90s, including “It’s Raining Men” with her group the Weather Girls, and on dance hits like “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C & C Music Factory and “Strike It Up” by Black Box, amassing eight No. 1 singles on various Billboard charts.

After an almost 20-year layoff from recording, Wash has returned with “Something Good,” showing off contemporary pop tunes and dramatic ballads, including a thumping take on Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” We chatted with Wash by phone recently from New York about the five reasons she decided to strike it up again.

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