Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing ballads, often as a duo with female singers, and his contribution to several Disney animated feature soundtracks.
Bryson won a Grammy Award in 1992 for his performance of the song "Beauty and the Beast" with CĂ©line Dion and another in 1993 for "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's Theme) with Regina Belle.
Peabo's greatest solo hit was the 1985 hit "If Ever You're In My Arms Again".
Among his duets:
"Beauty and the Beast", with CĂ©line Dion "Light The World", with Deborah Gibson "The Gift", with Roberta Flack "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)", with Regina Belle "Tonight I Celebrate My Love", with Roberta Flack "Lovers After All", with Melissa Manchester "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)", with Koda Kumi (2006) Bryson has also performed in theater and operatic productions, most notably the tenor role of "Sportin' Life" in the Michigan Opera Theater of Detroit's version of Porgy and Bess.
However, his tax problems caught up with him on August 21, 2003, when the U.S. Internal Revenue Service seized property from his Atlanta, Georgia, home. He is reported to owe $1.2 million in taxes going back to 1984. The IRS auctioned much of his possessions, including both Grammy Awards, electronic equipment and grand piano.