Hot was a vocal trio from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in 1976. Its members were Gwen Owens, Cathy Carson, and Juanita Curiel.They released three albums for Big Tree Records, and scored a Top Ten hit single in 1977 with “Angel in Your Arms”, which peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Gwen Owens Born and raised in Detroit, Gwen started singing in church and school. She became a professional singer while in her mid-teens when she recorded her first record “Mystery of Love,” followed by “Mystery Man,” “I Lost a Good Thing,” and “Just Say You’re Wanted and Needed.” Two more recordings were made, “Make Him Mine,” and “Keep On Living,” before moving to Los Angeles. While still in Detroit, she appeared on stage with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr, Al Green and The Originals. After moving to Los Angeles, Gwen worked with Jose Feliciano, Ann Margret, Raquel Welch, Bill Cosby, Ed McMahon, Wolfman Jack, Nancy Sinatra, The Ojays, and Lou Rawls to name a few. She was on Diahann Carroll’s television show, Bill Cosby’s Variety Show as well as background studio recordings for Billy Preston, Al Wilson, Donny Osmond, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Randy Crawford, Stanley Clarke and many more. She has recorded for Motown Records, Casablanca Records, and Atlantic (Big Tree) Records. While an artist on Casablanca Records, Gwen recorded “You Better Watch Out.” which became her first UK release. In 1971, Gwen was invited to the VI Festival Internacional Da Cancao Popular in Rio De Janeiro Brazil as a guest singer, and won the “Best Singer” and “Best Lyricist” award for the song “Song Without Love,” with composer and now an Academy Award winner Gabriel Yared. She is a dynamite vocalist as well as a strong lyricist as can be heard from the songs she has written on the albums recorded by her singing group HOT. In 1977 Record World Magazine named HOT Top New Female Group. As lead singer for the popular 70’s group HOT, Gwen received a certified gold record award from RIAA for the groups million selling single “Angel In Your Arms,” which was nominated for Song Of The Year on the Billboard 1 award show. She co-starred with the other members of HOT in the movie Smokey and The Judge (Running Hot) and was a finalist on the TV show “Star Search.” For the past fifteen years, she has been working as a musician as well as a singer.