Recording Artist, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur Wilma Cosme, internationally known as SAFIRE was born in the beautiful island of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Safire’s career began in 1986, when she auditioned and landed her first single with Cutting Records entitled, “Don’t Break My Heart”. Shortly thereafter, she released her second single, Let Me Be The One”, of which she also co-wrote. Safire immediately garnered success with major club play and radio air-play on WKTU’s in New York and in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Texas, making Safire a national artist in the dance and pop scene, leading the way for the emerging dance music dubbed “Latin Hip Hop”.
With two successful singles, Safire signed with Mercury/Polygram Records for her debut album entitled, “Safire”. The first single was a huge success, “Boy I’ve Been Told”, written by music superstar, Marc Anthony. Boy I’ve Been Told single is still considered to be one of America’s favorite dance/pop classic songs and is still being requested at radio stations across the country today. The single hit 1 in LA, NY, Chicago and Miami. It reached 3 on the Billboard Top-20 Hit. The second single coming off the album was a personal ballad dedicated to her mentor, her Uncle who passed away with Aids, entitled, “Thinking of You”, of which she co-wrote as well. This single brought Safire into the limelight, worldwide, charting on ‘Billboard Top 10’ in almost every category.
Safire’s achievement has garnered her numerous recognition: Won Best R&B Debut Artist, Best R& B Single, Best Latin Female Vocalist and an ASCAP award for “Thinking of You”, which was cited as one of the year’s most played songs on the radio. With that success, she appeared in numerous national award shows and TV Variety shows, including the Entertainment Tonight, Joan Rivers, Pat Sayjack, Nia Peebles Dance Show. She remade the popular dance song, “I Will Survive”, as well as shot the music video, which appeared on the soundtrack and movie, “SHE-DEVIL” starring Meryl Steep.
Throughout Safire’s career, she has proudly worked with some of the most talented and respected producers, songwriters and musicians in the industry such as; Michael Jackson, Paul Anka, Carlos Rogers, Reggie Lucas, Tony Moran, Oliver Lieber, David Morales, Maurice Star, Jerry Brown and Kenny Diaz just to name a few, and she still continues to work and collaborate with the best.
In October 2009, Michael Jackson posthumously released the single “This Is It,” which he cowrote with Paul Anka. Sa-Fire recorded the same song back in 1991, under the title “I Never Heard.