Keith Sweat, is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of the New Jack Swing. He has added Author to his resume’ with a new relationship book “MAKE IT LAST FOREVER”.
Sweat started his musical career as a member of a well known 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 Larry Peoples, a talented bass player from 116th Street and Lenox Avenue, Michael Samuels, guitarist out of the Bronx, and drummer Walter Bradley from 125th in Harlem. Additional members of the group included Peter DaCosta, vocals, Joseph McGeachy, sax, Dwight Banks, trumpet, Kenneth Varner, keyboards, and Gregory Ross, keyboards. On November 25, 1987, Sweat released his debut album Make It Last Forever, which sold three million copies. The biggest hit from this album was “I Want Her” (#1 R&B/#5 Pop), and the title track from the album hit #2 on the R&B charts.
Sweat continued to chart fairly well with his second album I’ll Give All My Love to You, which hit #6 on the Billboard 200 chart, and Keep It Comin’ debuted in the Top 20 of the album chart. It did not sell as well because Keith did not promote the album. The big singles were “(There You Go) Tellin’ Me No Again” from New Jack City, “Why Me Baby” (featuring LL Cool J) and the title track. Keith was moving from New York to Atlanta, and he was starting his Keia Records label that would feature Silk & Kut Klose.
On August 13, 2002, Keith Sweat released his eighth album, Rebirth. The single “One on One” reached #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. His 2008 album Just Me fared better with its first single, “Love U Better (featuring Keyshia Cole)” being played on Urban radio stations for about a year before the album’s release. Sweat is currently signed to Kedar Records and released his tenth studio album entitled Ridin’ Solo on June 22, 2010. The lead single taken from the album is “Test Drive” and featured label-mate Joe. Since 2007, Sweat has been the host of a nationally syndicated radio program based upon the Quiet storm format. The Keith Sweat Hotel (known as The Quiet Storm with Keith Sweat on WBLS in New York City) is syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks.