Born in Edmonton in 1960, Belinda Metz took singing lessons as a child and entered various talent shows while growing up. She started getting serious about music around the time she signed up for acting classes while attending the University of Alberta, writing a few of her own songs and covering the pop hits of the day.
After moving to Toronto in 1981, she formed a band and it wasn’t long after that she was seen by Mike Alyanak, founder of Quantum Records. He signed her to his label and rushed her off to Kensington Sound Studios to work with songwriters Tom Keane and Mike Himelstein.
With a who’s who in the studio, including Bernie LaBarge and Bob Bartolucci on guitars, bg vocals by Keith McKie and Luke Gibson, her debut album came in the form of THE MINX in the fall of ’82, produced by Alyanak. A mix of new wave with pop, the lead single, “Trouble” b/w “Baby It’s Love” got decent airplay in pockets across the country, sparking a successful run of tour dates across the country.
While mapping out a game plan for her follow-up album, Quantum Records closed its doors, and she was picked up by Attic, following reps at Craven A Cigarettes ‘re-discovering’ her during their Talent Quest promotion. They used this as a marketing gimmick to find artists, where they hoped sales would increase if they sponsored the artists’ tours.
She returned to Kensington Sound, and with Bartolucci and producer David Tyson, she wrote most of the material herself for ELECTRIC SPLASH, released in 1985. More brazen than its predecessor, the album had an eclectic flare that produced a pair of singles that both hoverednear the top 40 – “What About Me” (which also featured her first video) and “Subway Dances.” Other noteable cuts included the power ballad “No Fear,” “Falling,” and “Heavy Heart.”
But before the year was up, she was involved in a vehicle collision that effectively ended her music career. Although she tried to make a comeback a couple of years later, following extensive rehab and physiotherapy, she ended up returning to her acting roots, working on the sets of dozens of made-for-TV movies and series, including “Night Heat,” “ENG,” “War of The Worlds,” “Kung Fu – The Legend Continues,” “Tek War,” “The Outer Limits,” and “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” among many others.
In the early ’00s, she began performing on stage again on select dates. In 2004, Unidisc re-released ELECTRIC SPLASH, and included the song “Body Clocks,” which initially only appeared as the b-side to “What About Me.” She then released a string of songs to an Internet audience only, and also appeared on James Collins’ INSIDE album, performing a pair of duet versions of the title track with him.