Though best-known for dance-rock hits "Gloria" and "Self Control", Laura Branigan had previously had a major hit introducing the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", also co-written by Bolton. That song was Bolton's first huge success after several albums with the group Blackjack and two solo efforts, and it launched Bolton's sideline career working behind the scenes on other people's records. Branigan's version of "I Found Someone" was arranged by German synth whiz Harold Faltermeyer and produced by Faltermeyer in collaboration with Branigan's longtime producer Jack White.
On New Years Eve, 1985, Laura Branigan performed the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. It would not be for another two months, however, in 1986, that "I Found Someone" was finally released as the third U.S. single from her 1985 album Hold Me. Unsupported by a music video, it received only minor success, peaking at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100. It did better at adult contemporary radio and peaked at number twenty-five on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The single's B-side, "When", was a 1980 recording of a song written by Branigan, arranged and conducted by Arif Mardin and produced by Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun. Fashion photographer Harry Langdon's half-size cover photo featured a dark 3/4 length shot of Branigan dressed in black with diamonds dripping from her ears, looking evasively down to her side in front of a shadowy purple background.
Though Hold Me charted well throughout Europe, it would become Branigan's first album not to be certified at least Gold in the U.S., and the "I Found Someone" single marked the end of Branigan's four-album association with White. Her next album would be produced by David Kershenbaum with two tracks by Stock/Aitken/Waterman, though Branigan would go on to record more Bolton compositions, including "I'm So Lost Without Your Love" (from her 1988 film Backstage), and "It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You" (a cover of a song from Cher, and a single from Branigan's 1993 album Over My Heart). Branigan's recording of "I Found Someone" was remastered twice for hits collections, in 2002 for The Essentials: Laura Branigan and again in 2006 for Laura Branigan: The Platinum Collection.
The most successful version was released by American singer/actress Cher as the first U.S. and European single from her nineteenth album, Cher and was released on November 19 1987 by Geffen. The single was also released on VHS containing the concert version of the video. Cher's version was produced by Michael Bolton. Fashion photographer Matthew Rolston's full cover photo featured a slightly overexposed close-up of Cher's face, gazing into the lens as she pushes back a mane of tight curls before a bright blue background.
Part of a much-heralded musical comeback at the height of her movie career, a big-budget music video featured the singer-actress with her then-boyfriend Rob Camilletti. The couple were a big story in the tabloids at the time, as he was seventeen years her junior, and the video was the aspiring actor's debut. In the alternative video (the concert version) Camilletti do not appeared, in addition, the dress used by Cher, was also used in The Black Rose Show in 1980. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV and Cher's version went to #10 in the U.S. and to #5 in the UK.
"I Found Someone" began a three-album association with Bolton and Cher's other contributors, including Branigan alumnus Diane Warren as well as Jon Bon Jovi and future boyfriend Richie Sambora, and their song-writing partner Desmond Child. The recording appears on several hits collections and Cher performs the song live on the DVD Cher: The Farewell Tour Live in Miami and a CD album of the tour.
Bolton has recorded his own version of "I Found Someone", first appearing on his Greatest Hits (1985-1995) album. Mark Mangold has recorded two versions of the song, first with his band Touch, and again for his solo album Lift (2001).
Barbara Doust, a Canadian dance pop vocalist, released several remixes of her Hi-NRG version in the 1990s on Logic Records in the U.S. & U.K.
|Billboard Hot 100||90|
|USA (Adult Contemporary)||33|
|World Wide Sales||2,000,000|
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