New Jack Swing Pioneer
Pioneering the New Jack Swing style fusing electro-hip-hop production and contemporary urban R&B, Harlem, New York’s Keith Sweat became one of the most popular R&B/soul producers, singers and songwriters of the late ‘80s and ‘90s. He sang in nightclubs throughout New York City until he was discovered and signed with Elektra Records in 1987, releasing his debut solo studio album Make It Last Forever and selling three million copies with the smash single “I Want Her.” Sweat’s second album, 1990’s I’ll Give All My Love to You hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, and spawned the singles” I’ll Give All My Love to You” and “Make You Sweat.” He also put out the single “(There You Go) Tellin’ Me No Again” from the New Jack City soundtrack, and released his third album Keep It Comin’ in 1991, debuting in the top 20 and featuring the hits “Keep It Comin’” and “Why Me Baby” with LL Cool J. 1994’s Get Up and 1996’s self-titled album both reached the Billboard top ten, selling over a million copies each of sexy and soulful singles “Nobody” and “Twisted.” In that late ‘90s and ‘00s, Sweat kept his fans moving with Still in the Game in 1998, Rebirth in 2002, Just Me in 2008, and his latest Til the Morning in 2011.