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KEITH SWEAT

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Keith Crier

Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA

Known For: Recorded – “I Want Her” (Hit Song)

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Pop, Easy listening

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 22nd July 1961
Location Born: Harlem, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat (born July 22, 1961) is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of New Jack Swing.

Keith Sweat was born in Harlem, New York to Juanita Sweat, a hairdresser, and Charles Crier (died 1973), a factory worker. Juanita raised their five children alone after Crier’s death. He worked as a night stock boy at Macy’s and then a mailroom clerk at Paine Webber. In just four years he worked his way up to a lucrative brokerage assistant job on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Sweat worked for the commodities market in the New York Mercantile Exchange. Sweat sang at nightclubs throughout New York City until he was discovered and offered a recording contract with Elektra Records in 1987.

He has three daughters. He named his record label, Keia Entertainment, after his younger daughter.[4] From 1992 until 2002, he was married to Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Lisa Wu Hartwell. With her, he had two sons.

Music career

1975–1984: with Jamilah

Sweat started his musical career as a member of a Harlem band called “Jamilah” in 1975. With the help of Jamilah, Sweat was able to hone his craft as a lead singer by performing regionally throughout the tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The group was started by bassist Larry Peoples, guitarist Michael Samuels, and drummer Walter Bradley. Additional members of the group included Peter DaCosta (vocals), Joseph McGeachy (sax), Dwight Banks (trumpet), and Kenneth Varner (keyboards).

1984–1987: Stadium Records

After leaving the group in 1984 to begin a solo career, he sang at nightclubs throughout New York City and landed a chance to record for the independent label, Stadium Records. Sweat recorded only one tune for Stadium called “My Mind Is Made Up”, which was their third ever release, but on Stadium’s first release, he is credited as co-writer and co-producer of “You Are The One For Me”, the last recording ever made by the group GQ. One of GQ’s original members is his uncle, Keith “Sabu” Crier.

1987–1993: The New Jack Swing era

Later in 1987, Keith Sweat was discovered by Vincent Davis and offered a recording contract with his label, Vintertainment Records, which was founded in 1983 on the foundations of early Hip-Hop and otherwise best known for releasing Joeski Love’s “Pee Wee Dance” in 1985. Vintertainment was distributed by Elektra Records from 1985 until it ceased operations in 1990, in which case Elektra opted to buy Keith’s contract outright and have him record directly for the label.[citation needed]. On November 25, 1987, Sweat released his debut solo studio album Make It Last Forever, which sold three million copies. The biggest hit from this album was the song that inaugurated the New Jack Swing era “I Want Her” (#1 R&B/#5 Pop), which was nominated for the 1989 Soul Train Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year award, while the title track from the album hit #2 on the R&B charts. Sweat reached the charts again with his second album I’ll Give All My Love to You (1990) which hit #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. He released his third album, Keep It Comin’ in 1991, which debuted in the top 20 of the album chart. Sweat then moved from New York to Atlanta, where he founded the Keia Records label that would feature Silk & Kut Klose.

In 1992, Sweat discovered the group Silk, and helped craft their debut album, Lose Control, which hit #7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album’s single “Freak Me” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 1, 1993. In 1993, Sweat discovered the Atlanta-based female R&B group Kut Klose. Sweat also produced the group’s debut album Surrender, which produced the their biggest hit single “I Like”, peaking to #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. In the fall of 1997, Sweat discovered the group Ol’ Skool and helped with their self-titled debut. He was on their biggest single, “Am I Dreaming,” which featured R&B group Xscape.

Sweat also formed the R&B supergroup LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill, and released their self-titled debut Levert.Sweat.Gill in 1997. That album featured “My Body”, which became a hit single. The album was certified double platinum and reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

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