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Johnny Gill Biography




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.

Johnny Gill Biography