After this, Russell took some time off from recording her own music and during this period she composed songs for other artists and contributed to the score for the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, written by Michel Colombier.
She also appeared in the 1999 film Liberty Heights, in which she performed two songs written especially for the movie.
The Russells also performed on two tracks from Robert Palmer's breakout soul-pop album Double Fun.
After this, Russell relocated to Sweden and began writing songs for her next album.
Returning to A&M Records, Russell's fourth album, Get Here, was released in 1988.
It became her greatest commercial success, spawning her biggest hit "Piano in the Dark" (a US Top 10 hit which featured Joe Esposito) and garnered three Grammy Award nominations.
The title track went on to become a worldwide hit in 1991 when it was covered by Oleta Adams.
After releasing her next album, Kiss Me with the Wind (1990), Russell's contract with A&M concluded with the release of her Greatest Hits album in 1992.
Russell then signed with EMI and released the album Soul Talkin' in 1993.
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