In 1989, she signed to Virgin Records and released her first song, "Inside the Beat", as a promo single.
the trash truck, kids in the yard, rain, a great plate of food…it’s the never ending source from God that sheds light on every single thing…
The follow-up single was "Baby Don't Cry", was produced by Angela Winbush.
In 1991, Hathaway released her extended play, Night & Day, in Japan.
Released on June 3, 2008, in the United States, it debuted at number 63 on the Billboard's Hot 200 and reached the top 10 on the Top R&B albums chart, making this album, Hathaway's most successful album to date.
She received a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Award nomination for "That Was Then".