Silk (group)

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Silk
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresR&B
Years active1989–present
LabelsElektra
Liquid 8
Shanachie
Silk Music Group
Associated actsKeith Sweat
MembersTim Cameron
Jimmy Gates
Gary "Big G" Glenn
Jonathen "John-John" Rasboro
Gary "Lil G" Jenkins
Past membersTyga Graham
Albert Allen
 
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Silk
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresR&B
Years active1989–present
LabelsElektra
Liquid 8
Shanachie
Silk Music Group
Associated actsKeith Sweat
MembersTim Cameron
Jimmy Gates
Gary "Big G" Glenn
Jonathen "John-John" Rasboro
Gary "Lil G" Jenkins
Past membersTyga Graham
Albert Allen

Silk is an American R&B group, formed in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career[edit]

Silk is best known for their hit singles, "Freak Me", and "Happy Days" from their debut album, Lose Control. Another hit from Lose Control, "Girl U For Me", helped the album reach double platinum status. They later had success with singles such as "I Can Go Deep", "Hooked On You", "Don't Rush", "If You" (released February 23, 1999) "Meeting In My Bedroom", and "We're Calling You."

Silk was discovered by the musician Keith Sweat and Andrea Ryans. The group was originally a quintet made up of Tim Cameron,Jimmy Gates, Gary "Big G" Glenn, Johnathen "John John" Rasboro, & Tyga Graham who was replaced by Gary "Lil G" Jenkins before they recorded their debut album. In 2002, Elektra Records dropped Silk and Keith Sweat from the label. That same year, Jenkins left the group to pursue other interests and made his stage debut in 2002 as 'AJ' in the Tyler Perry play Madea's Family Reunion. He resurfaced musically in 2007 with his solo debut, The Other Side. In addition to being discovered by Keith Sweat, Silk and Sweat both appeared in the group, Black Men United on the track, "U Will Know" for the movie, Jason's Lyric the film's soundtrack.

In 2003, down to a quartet, Silk released their fifth album Silktime, on their own label Silk Music Group. The album featured the songs "Silktime", "My Girl", "Alibi", "More", "You (The Baby Song)", "Check My Story" and a cover version of Blue Magic's "Sideshow". That song reunited them with their mentor Keith Sweat. However, without Jenkins as lead vocalist, the album received poor sales despite its appearance in the Billboard 200.

In 2006, the group returned with their sixth release, a cover album entitled Always And Forever on Shanachie Records. The album featured covers of R&B songs including "Adore" by Prince, "Always and Forever" by Heatwave, and "Secret Garden" by Quincy Jones. "Secret Garden" was the first and only single. Like Silktime, Always and Forever was not a sales success.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
1992Lose Control
  • Release date: November 17, 1992
  • Label: Elektra
71458
  • US: 2× Platinum[4]
  • CAN: Gold[5]
1995Silk
  • Release date: November 28, 1995
  • Label: Elektra
4610
1999Tonight
  • Release date: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Elektra
218
  • US: Platinum[4]
2001Love Session
  • Release date: June 12, 2001
  • Label: Elektra
202
2003Silktime
  • Release date: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Silk, Liquid 8
17830
2006Always and Forever
  • Release date: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Shanachie
23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak position
US R&B
[1]
2004The Best of Silk
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Label: Elektra
54

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
NLD
[6]
NZ
[7]
UK
[8]
1992"Happy Days"8613Lose Control
1993"Freak Me"1134342946
  • US: Platinum[4]
"Girl U for Me"2643067
"Lose Control"
"It Had to Be You"10945
"Baby It's You"44
1994"I Can Go Deep"7122A Low Down Dirty Shame / Silk
1995"Hooked on You"54121181Silk
1996"Don't Rush"9139
1999"If You (Lovin' Me)"13428Tonight
"Meeting in My Bedroom"6215
"Let's Make Love"58
2001"We're Callin U"56Love Session
"Ebony Eyes"
2003"Silktime"Silktime
2004"Side Show"66
2006"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"Always and Forever
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Silk". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "AUS Charts > Silk". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Silk". RPM. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "US Certifications > Silk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ "CAN Certifications > Silk". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ "NLD Charts > Silk". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  7. ^ "NZ Charts > Silk". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  8. ^ "UK Charts > Silk". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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