October 15, 2006
November 12, 2006
Hip Hop, R&B
Alexander O'Neal, Angela Winbush, Avant, Freddie Jackson, Karyn White, Keith Sweat, Levert, Pebbles, Ralph Tresvant, Regina Belle, Stephanie Mills, Vesta Williams
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While ordinary 16-year-olds were preoccupied with getting their driver's licenses, little Johnny Gill was busy selling over eight million albums, both with New Edition and as a solo artist. When the Grammy nominee and Soul Train Award winner was a youth, his voice seemed heavy enough to tip him over; without knowing it at the time, his was the voice that made New Edition a group of real singers, instead of just a group of men who just happened to sing songs. Interview on Yahoo! Johnny Gill was born in Washington, D.C., and discovered by Stacy Lattisaw. He started singing in his family's group at the age of 5. His solo career began in 1983 with the top 30 R & B single "Super Love." He and Stacy had a top 10 hit in 1984, "Perfect Combination." In 1988, J G joined New Edition, replacing Bobby Brown. In 1989 he sang on two R & B hits: "Where Do We Go From Here," a #1 by Stacy Lattisaw, and "One Love," by George Howard. J G became a solo singer in 1990 with his first release album self entitled "Johnny Gill," which sold a million copies, topped the R & B chart, and made the top ten in the pop chart. His 1993 Provocativ album-didn't produce any top 10 R & B singles and went gold-J G reunited with New Edition in 1996. A month after New Edition released Home Again in September 1996, J G released Let's Get The Mood Right. Gill teamed up with Levert, and Sweat... known as LSG. LSG, a trio of urban R&B stars who have collected thirty number one R&B hits and album sales of more than thirty million between themselves. The superstar side project began when Sweat called Levert and told him about his idea of recording an album with old friend Johnny Gill. Enlisting a roster of producers and co-stars worthy of their own lofty status, LSG worked with Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jermaine Dupri plus rappers LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and MC Lyte for their debut album, 1997's Levert.Sweat.Gill. Led by the Top Five single "My Body," the album easily went platinum. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide.