Johnny Gill

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Johnny Gill
JohnnyinCharlotte.jpg
Johnny Gill performing with New Edition in Charlotte, NC 8/26/06
Background information
Born(1966-05-22) May 22, 1966 (age 48)
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresR&B, pop, new jack swing, quiet storm, soul
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor
InstrumentsVocal, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Years active1982–present
LabelsCotillion/Atlantic (1982-1985)
Motown (1989-1999)
MCA (1986-1997)
Notifi (2010-present)
Associated actsNew Edition, LSG, Stacy Lattisaw, Heads of State
 
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This article is about the musician. For the musician's eponymous 1983 debut album, see Johnny Gill (1983 album). For the musician's eponymous 1990 album, see Johnny Gill (1990 album). For other uses, see Johnny Gill (disambiguation).
Johnny Gill
JohnnyinCharlotte.jpg
Johnny Gill performing with New Edition in Charlotte, NC 8/26/06
Background information
Born(1966-05-22) May 22, 1966 (age 48)
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresR&B, pop, new jack swing, quiet storm, soul
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor
InstrumentsVocal, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Years active1982–present
LabelsCotillion/Atlantic (1982-1985)
Motown (1989-1999)
MCA (1986-1997)
Notifi (2010-present)
Associated actsNew Edition, LSG, Stacy Lattisaw, Heads of State

Johnny Gill (born May 22, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the sixth and final member of the R&B group New Edition, and was also a member of the supergroup called LSG; with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat. He is currently in the new group Heads of State with New Edition members Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant touring.

Early life[edit]

Gill was born on May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C, his mother had four boys and his father was a minister. He started singing at the age of five singing along in church in a family gospel group called Little Johnny and "Wings Faith" which included his brothers Bobby, Jeff, and Randy Gill (himself a solo recording artist and member of the group II D Extreme).[clarification needed] Gill attended Kimball Elementary, Sousa Junior High, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. His career dictated that he complete his high-school education through the services of a tutor. Gill planned to attend college to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, but decided instead to focus on his singing career.

Music career[edit]

Early recordings[edit]

Gill's recording career began in 1983, at the age of 17, when his childhood friend, singer Stacy Lattisaw, convinced him to record a demo. This demo fell into the hands of the president of Atlantic Records, and his self-titled debut album was released shortly thereafter- featuring the minor hit "Super Love". On this album, Gill played guitar, bass, bongos, and drums in addition to performing lead and background vocals. Gill then teamed up with Stacy for a duet album, which featured their first hit together- the title track, "Perfect Combination". A second album on Atlantic Records yielded the song "Half Crazy".

New Edition[edit]

Gill began a new chapter in his career in 1987, when he was recruited by Michael Bivins to join New Edition. Bobby Brown had been voted out the group and Gill was brought in to replace lead singer Ralph Tresvant, who was rumored at the time to be leaving to pursue a solo career. Gill became the only member of New Edition who was not from Boston.

With Gill, the oldest member, as one of the lead singers (along with Tresvant, who ended up staying with New Edition and delaying the launch of his solo career) on the album Heart Break, the group developed a more mature, adult sound, hitting the charts with songs such as "Can You Stand The Rain", "N.E. Heartbreak", "If It Isn't Love", and the Gill-led "Boys To Men".

Solo career[edit]

Continuing his role as a romantic balladeer while emerging as a new jack swing star, he released a second self-titled album in 1990, which included the hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", "Fairweather Friend", and "Wrap My Body Tight". In 1991, he was featured in Perri "Pebbles" Reid's hit single "Always" from the album of the same name, along with Pebbles' cousin, R&B singer Cherrelle. The single made the R&B Top 20 shortly after its release.[citation needed]

In 1993, Gill released another solo project, Provocative, which included the songs "Quiet Time to Play", "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction", and the gospel song, "I Know Where I Stand".

In 1995, Gill also released Let's Get the Mood Right, which included the title song, "Love In an Elevator", and "Maybe" - which is considered by many to be one of his greatest vocal performances.[citation needed] In 1996, Johnny reunited with New Edition reunion and recorded Home Again.

LSG[edit]

In 1997, he collaborated with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat to form the supergroup LSG (Levert/Sweat/Gill), which yielded the multi- platinum debut album, Levert.Sweat.Gill, and a follow-up album in 2003 titled LSG2.

Later career[edit]

On September 27, 2008, the days Johnny Gill was back on the road singing on his own he began touring with New Edition bandmates Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown in a new group named Heads of State.

In July 2010, Notifi Records, based out of St. Louis, MO, signed Gill to a recording contract. On October 11, 2011- 16 years after recording his last solo album- he released his recent studio album Still Winning.

Acting career[edit]

Gill has had over 80 television and film appearances as a singer and actor. He had a cameo role on the TV show Family Matters (TV series), and sang "You For Me" in the 2006 movie Madea's Family Reunion.

Gill starred in the 2009 stage play A Mother's Prayer, which also starred Robin Givens, Shirley Murdock, and Jermaine Crawford.

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2008, Gill, as a member of New Edition, received the Golden Note Award at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.[citation needed]

Children[edit]

Gill has one son named Isiah Gill.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions[1][2][3]Certifications[4]
(sales threshold)
USUS R&BUKNZAUS
1983Johnny Gill64
1985Chemistry
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: April 22, 1985
  • Label: Cotillion / Atlantic
51
1990Johnny Gill
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: April 17, 1990
  • Label: Motown
8147
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1993Provocative
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: June 8, 1993
  • Label: Motown
1444231
  • US: Gold
1995Let's Get the Mood Right
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: October 8, 1995
  • Label: Motown
327
  • US: Gold
2011Still Winning
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release date: October 11, 2011[5]
  • Label: Notifi/Fontana
174
  • US:
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaboration albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
USUS R&B
1984Perfect Combination
  • with Stacy Lattisaw
  • Release date: February 27, 1984
  • Label: Cotillion / Atlantic
13927

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbum details
1997Favorites
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: November 11, 1997
  • Label: Motown
2002Ultimate Collection
  • Second compilation album
  • Release date: March 26, 2002
  • Label: Hip-O
2003The Best of Johnny Gill
  • Third compilation album
  • Release date: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Motown
2005Love Songs
  • Fourth compilation album
  • Release date: January 11, 2005
  • Label: Motown
2013Ballads
  • Sixth compilation album
  • Release date: April 9, 2013
  • Label: Motown

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positions[1][2][3]Album
USUS R&BUS DanceUKNEDNZAUS
1983"Super Love"29Johnny Gill (1983 album)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"57
1984"Perfect Combination" (with Stacy Lattisaw)7510Perfect Combination
"Baby It's You" (with Stacy Lattisaw)10237
"Block Party" (with Stacy Lattisaw)6348
1985"Half Crazy"26Chemistry
"Can't Wait Til Tomorrow"49
1989"Where Do We Go from Here" (with Stacy Lattisaw)1What You Need
1990"Rub You the Right Way"311677274159Johnny Gill (1990 album)
"My, My, My"101893731
"Fairweather Friend"28219
1991"Wrap My Body Tight"841485747
"I'm Still Waiting"27New Jack City
1992"Silent Prayer" (with Shanice)314Inner Child
"Let's Just Run Away56Mo' Money
"There U Go"21Boomerang
"Slow and Sexy" (with Shabba Ranks)33417X-tra Naked
1993"The Floor"5611495345296Provocative
"I Got You"35
"Long Way from Home"42
1994"Quiet Time to Play"11125
"A Cute, Sweet Love Addiction"4689
1995"Let's Get the Mood Right"5317Let's Get the Mood Right
1995"It's Your Body" (with Roger Troutman)4319
"Love in an Elevator"10459
1998"Give Love on Christmas Day"71Favorites
2011"In The Mood"33Still Winning
"It Would Be You"60
2012"Just The Way You Are"78
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Johnny Gill U.S. chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Gill U.S. chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Johnny Gill UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Johnny Gill U.S. certification history". riaa.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Johnny Gill Says He's Still Winning, Talks NE Reunion". bet.com. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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