His name is Al B. Sure! born Albert Joseph Brown III. He was a star high school football quarterback on his way to an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa, but chose to pursue a music career instead. In 1987, Quincy Jones selected Brown as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. Brown went on to work with Jones on several projects, including the platinum single “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”
His 1988 debut album In Effect Mode, sold more than two million copies, with the chart topping single “Nite and Day.” During the late 1980s, Al B. Sure, had a brief run as one of new jack swing’s most popular romantic singers and producers. He also introduced the multi-platinum group Jodeci and singer Tevin Campbell as well as Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music industry.