Keith Sweat, (born July 22, 1961) is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and a major contributor to the New jack swing era.
Keith Sweat has sold over 13 million albums and is one of America's premiere R&B artists, outselling many other major stars across all musical boundries.
* 1 Biography
* 2 Music career
* 3 2010
* 4 Protegés
* 5 Discography
* 6 Awards and nominations
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Before becoming a recording artist, Sweat worked for the commodities market in the New York Mercantile Exchange.
He has two daughters Keyshia (b. 1990) and Keia (b. 1992) and with former wife, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, two sons: Jordan (b. 1995) and Justin (b. 1998). He named his record label, Keia Entertainment, after his daughter Keia. He has full custody of all four of his children.
 Music career
Sweat started his musical career as a member of a 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 bassist Larry Peoples, guitarist Michael Samuels, and drummer Walter Bradley. Additional members of the group included Peter DaCosta (vocals), Joseph McGeachy (sax), Dwight Banks (trumpet), and Kenneth Varner (keyboards).
After leaving the group in 1984 to aspire for a solo career, he sang at nightclubs throughout New York City and landed a chance to record for the independent label, Stadium Records. Sweat recorded only one tune for Stadium called "My Mind Is Made Up", which was their third ever release, but on Stadium's first release, he is credited as co-writer and co-producer of "You Are The One For Me", the last recording ever made by the group GQ. Considering that Keith Sweat's birth name is Keith Crier, and one of GQ's original members is also named Keith "Sabu" Crier, it can be disputed as to whether Sweat had any involvement in that song or if it was a mistake on the label's part having two "Keith Criers" in their company.
Later on in 1987, Keith Sweat was discovered by Vincent Davis and offered a recording contract with his label, Vintertainment Records, which was founded in 1983 on the foundations of early Hip-Hop and otherwise best known for releasing Joeski Love's "Pee Wee Dance" in 1985. Vintertainment was distributed by Elektra Records from 1985 until it ceased operations in 1990, in which case Elektra opted to buy Keith's contract outright and have him record directly for the label..
On November 25, 1987, Sweat released his debut solo 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), which was nominated for the 1989 Soul Train Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year award, while the title track from the album hit #2 on the R&B charts.
The album "Make It Last Forever" was produced and co-written by Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing. The album was so ground breaking at the time, that for 5 years, the classic 80's Soul sound that previously dominated R&B, moved over to New Jack Swing, a style which spawned acts such as Bobby Brown, Hi Five, Mary J Blige, Jodeci & BBD.
Sweat reached the charts again with his second album I'll Give All My Love to You (1990) which hit #6 on the Billboard 200 chart, and Keep It Comin'(1991) which debuted in the top 20 of the album chart. The latter album did not sell as well because Keith did not promote it. The singles released during this period included "(There You Go) Tellin' Me No Again" (from the film New Jack City), "Why Me Baby" (featuring LL Cool J) and "Keep It Comin'". Sweat then moved from New York to Atlanta, where he founded the Keia Records label that would feature Silk & Kut Klose.
Sweat released his fourth album Get Up on It in the summer of 1994, and his self-titled fifth album in 1996. Both albums reached the top ten on the Billboard 200. The single "Twisted" hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Nobody" hit #3, which made them Sweat's biggest hits to date. The song "Just A Touch", with Kut Klose providing background vocals, has earned a regular spot on radio playlists. "Just A Touch" was a cover of the 1979 song "Just a Touch of Love" by Slave. Sweat's sixth album, Still in the Game was released in 1998, hitting #6 on the Billboard 200, and #2 on the R&B/Hip Hop albums chart. It featured the singles "Come and Get With Me" (which featured Snoop Dogg) (#12 Hot 100) and "I'm Not Ready" (#16 Hot 100).
Sweat's success on the charts started to diminish in 2000, when he released the album Didn't See Me Coming. None of the singles from the album reached the top forty. They were moderate hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. On August 13, 2002, Keith Sweat released his ninth 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 albums' release.
Sweat is currently signed to Kedar Records and released his 10th Studio album entitled Ridin' Solo on June 22, 2010. The lead single taken from the album is 'Test Drive' and features 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.
In 1992, Sweat discovered the group Silk, and helped craft their debut album, Lose Control, which hit #7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album's single "Freak Me" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 1, 1993. In 1993, Sweat discovered the Atlanta based female R&B group Kut Klose. Sweat also produced the group's debut album Surrender, which produced the their biggest hit single "I Like", peaking to #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. In the fall of 1997, Sweat discovered the group Ol' Skool and helped with their self-titled debut. He was on their biggest single, "Am I Dreaming," which featured R&B group Xscape.
Sweat also formed the R&B supergroup LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill, and released their self-titled debut Levert.Sweat.Gill in 1997. That album featured "My Body", which became a hit single. The album was certified double platinum and reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Main article: Keith Sweat discography
* Make It Last Forever (1987)
* I'll Give All My Love to You (1990)
* Keep It Comin' (1991)
* Get Up on It (1994)
* Keith Sweat (1996)
* Still in the Game (1998)
* Didn't See Me Coming (2000)
* Rebirth (2002)
* Just Me (2008)
* Ridin' Solo (2010)
 Awards and nominations
* American Music Awards
o 1998, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist [Nominated]
o 1997, Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist (Winner)
o 1997, Favorite R&B/Soul Album: Keith Sweat (Nominated)
o 1991, Favorite R&B/Soul Male Artist (Nominated)