Produced in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 1966, Johnny Gill started his career singing gospel in his dad’s church, as part of the family gospel group, Wings of Faith. When a household friend helped him get a record deal at age 16, he started sharing his mature, distinctive voice with lovers of R&B and pop music. He went to become lead singer of the most popular boy band New Edition, and finally released a hit solo album, Johnny Gill, in 1990. He’s continued making hits, at one point joining star vocalists Keith Sweat as well as the late Gerald Levert to form the R&B supergroup LSG.
Produced in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 1966, Johnny Gill Jr. was part of a musical family. Even in a young age, Gill stood out because of his mature voice, sounding wise beyond his years.
A childhood pal, vocalist Stacy Lattisaw, helped Gill to record a demo, which got him a record deal in 1983, at age 16. His first self-titled record garnered some interest, however he actually started to get national attention when he next made a duo record with Lattisaw. Their hit single, “Perfect Combination,” brought a fresh degree of consciousness to the youthful vocalists.
Signing with Motown Records as a solo musician, Gill reached his full potential when his second self titled record was launched in 1990. The record was the very first to be made by the best two R&B creating duets of that time: L.A. Reid and Babyface, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The record blasted onto the music arena, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 R&B Records (and the Top 10 on the Pop Albums chart).
Gill has never been married, but is the daddy of a son, Isiah Gill, who was born in 2006. Isiah’s mom is a Washington, D.C., journalist. Gill’s sexuality has frequently been a source of conjecture; he’s frequently been associated with superstar comedic actor Eddie Murphy.