If ever a saying could summarize an individual’s life, it would be “Like a fine wine, it gets better with time.” No phrase could more aptly describe GRAMMY®-nominated Johnny Gill, arguably one of the greatest R&B crooners to ever live.
With an unmistakable, unique trademark style, Johnny Gill has altered the sound of R&B music for over three decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship, bringing the world classics such as “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way,” “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Perfect Combination,” “Boys To Men,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” “My Body,” and the timeless wedding song, “You For Me” from Tyler Perry’s hit movie Madea’s Family Reunion. With a seemingly endless list of hits, ranging from his time in New Edition to the all-star trios L.S.G. (the late Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat) and Heads of State (Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant), it’s easy to see why Johnny Gill serves as the prototype for the supreme R&B singer. He is the only artist that has been in three highly successful groups, achieving both international and critical acclaim as a solo artist and group leader.
Johnny’s new album, Game Changer, was released on his label, J Skillz Records in partnership with Caroline Music/Capitol Records. Game Changer features songs produced by GRAMMY® Award-winners Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Tony Dixon, Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, and Vidal Davis. The first single, “Behind Closed Doors,” peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary charts. The video featured guest stars Nicole Murphy and actress Nadine Velazquez in a plot twist worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. His latest single, “Game Changer,” produced by Babyface and includes additional songwriting by Anthony Hamilton, is currently on Billboard’s Top 10 R&B Adult Airplay Single charts.
The Nation’s Capital serves as Johnny’s birthplace and the rearing site for this music prodigy, who was discovered by friend and hit-making collaborator Stacy Lattisaw. Before he achieved his dreams, Johnny honed his indelible singing skills in the gospel group Wings of Faith with his three brothers Bobby, Jeff and Randy Gill. Not long after, Stacy convinced Johnny to record a demo, later leading to his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. However, Johnny’s humble beginnings would soon lead to global success, and today Johnny can proudly say he has performed in countries across the world, including Russia, Europe, South Africa, and Japan for millions of fans as a multi-platinum selling solo artist and member of three legendary singing groups. A savvy businessman, Johnny has also ensured his legacy as the founder and CEO of J Skillz Records, where he has helped groom today’s talent. For Johnny, success is not only measured in fame, but in longevity as well.
Simply providing enjoyment to the world was not enough Johnny. A true humanitarian of the highest kind, he was appointed as the national spokesman for the Points of Light Movement—a campaign that recognizes everyday men and women making a difference in their communities—by President George H. W. Bush.
Never one to sit idle, Johnny is one of the few artists regardless of genres to tour consistently throughout his career. From his 2008 tour with New Edition and Heads of State, to his 2011 album Still Winning, which included singles “In The Mood,” “It Would Be You,” and “Just The Way You Are,” all of which received rave reviews and chart climbing success. This summer and fall, Johnny will headline the Game Changer Tour worldwide.