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THE SWEAT HOTEL – Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill & Stokley
June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Harlem born Keith Sweat started as the lead singer in local band Jamilah in 1975. After leaving the group in 1984 to begin a solo career, he landed a recording contract with the independent label Stadium Records, and in 1987 signed to Vintertainment Records where he released his debut album, “Make It Last Forever,” which sold over three million copies. The biggest hit from this album was “I Want Her” – the song that inaugurated the New Jack Swing era. To date, he has released 13 solo albums and two as a part of the R&B supergroup LSG.
Johnny Gill Jr. is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is also known as “JG,” “Johnny G,” and “J Skillz.” Born and raised in a musical family in the US, he began singing in his family gospel group at an early age. His mature voice attracted attention, and he recorded his first album while still in high school. His albums scored well on the charts. Later, he joined the boy band ‘New Edition’ as a replacement of their lead singer. A single from their album, ‘Heart Break,’ topped the ‘R&B charts.’ Following this, Gill released a number of albums as a solo artist and achieved remarkable success. He then formed a supergroup, ‘LSG,’ along with Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert, and together, they recorded two hit albums. After one more album with ‘New Edition’ and another solo album, Gill formed the group ‘Heads of State’ with former ‘New Edition’ bandmates Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant, with whom he toured the country. He launched his own label, ‘J Skillz Records,’ and released an album, ‘Game Changer’ through his label. Gill has also been part of a number of TV shows and films.
Stokley is a GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who is one of music’s best-kept secrets. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Prince, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and more. He’s known best as the lead singer and drummer for legendary R&B group Mint Condition. In 2017, Stokley embarked on a new solo journey with the release of his debut album Introducing Stokley which produced two #1 singles “Organic” and “Levels.” He now continues that journey in a new partnership with the legendary Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’ Perspective Records. Stokley’s new single “She” is off his sophomore album due out this winter.