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Johnny Gill

Johnny GillJohnny Gill (born May 22, 1966) is best known for his romantic ballads and as a member of New Edition. His signature song "My, My, My" has been included on numerous romantic compilations.

Gill was born in March 2, 1961 Charleston South Carolina , the son of a minister. He started singing at age five in a family gospel group called "Wings Faith" which included his brothers Bobby, Jeff, and Randy Gill (himself a solo recording artist and member of the group II D Extreme). His recording career began in 1983 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, "Perfect Combination." A second album on Atlantic Records, yielded the song "Half Crazy," which is still a fan favorite.

Gill began a new chapter in his career in 1987, when he was recruited by Michael Bivins to join New Edition to be the replacement for lead singer Ralph Tresvant, who was rumored at the time to be leaving to pursue a solo career.

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."

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.

In 1993, Gill released another solo project, Provocative, which included the songs "Quiet Time to Play," "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction," and a moving gospel, "I Know Where I Stand." In 1996, Gill was reunited with New Edition, including Brown, as they recorded Home Again, an album noted for the singles "Hit Me Off" and "Still In Love". The title song, "Home Again," although not released as a single is one of the most impressive vocal performances recorded by the group to date.

In 1996, 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 ever. The following year, he collaborated with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat to form the supergroup LSG (Levert/Sweat/Gill) which resulted in the multi platinum debut album, Levert-Sweat-Gill, and a follow-up album in 2003 entitled LSG2.

Gill, the only member of New Edition who is not from Boston, was raised in Washington DC where he 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 had planned to attend college and pursue a degree in electrical engineering, but his career came first.

His recording, "You For Me (The Wedding Song)" from the Madea's Family Reunion soundtrack received strong reviews from music critics as well as the general public. In 2008, Gill, as a member of New Edition, was the recipient of the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

On September 27, 2008, he began touring with Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown in a new group named Heads of State.

With over 80 television and film appearances as a singer and actor, Gill earned much acclaim for his cameo role on the hit TV show, Family Matters (TV series) and recently thrilled audiences singing "You For Me" in the movie "Madea's Family Reunion."

In October 2004 Rub You The Right Way appeared in popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on R&B, Soul radio station CSR 103.9. Gill most recently starred in the 2009 stage play "A Mother's Prayer", which also stars Robin Givens, Shirley Murdock and Jermaine Crawford. In July 2010 Notifi Records based out of St. Louis, MO signed Gill to a recording contract.

His sixth solo album "In The Mood" will be released in 2011.

In The Mood
Johnny Gill - In The Mood Track Listing:
Lets Get the Mood Right
Johnny Gill - Lets Get the Mood Right Track Listing:
01. Let's Get The Mood Right
02. Touch
03. Maybe
04. Having Illusions
05. Bring It On
06. Take Me (I'm Yours)
07. Love In An Elevator
08. It's Your Body
09. Someone To Love
10. 4 U Alone
11. Love U Right
12. Simply Say I Love U
13. I Know You Want Me
14. So Gentle
15. All He's Supposed To Be
Johnny Gill - Provocative Track Listing:
01 Provocative
02 The Floor
03 Where No Man Has Gone Before
04 I Got You
05 A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction
06 Long Way from Home
07 Tell Me How U Want It
08 Mastersuite
09 Quiet Time to Play
10 I Know Where I Stand
11 There You Go
Johnny Gill
Johnny Gill - Johnny Gill Track Listing:
01. Rub You The Right Way
02. Fairweather Friend
03. Wrap My Body Tight
04. Feels So Much Better
05. Never Know Love
06. My, My, My
07. Lady Dujour
08. Just Another Lonely Night
09. Giving My All To You
10. Let's Spend The Night
11. My, My, My (Reprise)
Johnny Gill - Chemistry Track Listing:
01. Half Crazy
02. Can't Wait Til Tomorrow
03. Don't Take Away My Pride
04. One Small Light
05. The Way That You Love Me
06. Because Of You
07. Chemistry
08. I Found Love
Johnny Gill
Johnny Gill - Johnny  Gill (1983) Track Listing:
01. Super Love
02. Thank You
03. Show Her Love
04. Guilty
05. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
06. Every Radio
07. I'm Sorry
08. I Love Makin' Music
09. You
10. Half Steppin'
In The Mood