Keith Sweat with Special guest En Vogue live at AVA Amphitheater.
Tickets go on-sale Saturday, June 23 at 10am.
Keith Sweat is a Harlem, N.Y. born songwriter/ record producer/ vocalist / actor/ radio personality, with a career that spans 24 years of record breaking and trail blazing contributions to the Pop and R&B genre. He is coined the genius behind the New Jack Swing phenomenon of the late 1980’s. Keith Sweat’s timely transition to the R&B mecca of Atlanta in 1992 added “label impresario” to his roster of talents. Keith has dominated the Pop and R&B worlds with an indefinable presence. His debut and now classic album Make It Last Forever sold more than three million copies, producing four R&B hit singles, including “I Want Her,” which also landed at #5 on the Pop charts. The album stats also include a nomination for the 1989 Soul Train Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year award. Keith Sweat has delivered five straight #1 albums, selling a worldwide total of 25 million records. His self-titled 1996 effort, Keith Sweat, gained quadruple platinum status. His critically acclaimed collaboration with fellow superstars Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill on the double platinum LSG, was launched a decade after he first landed in the music business.
He has thrived as one of Atlanta’s first record industry moguls, building his own recording studio and discovering new artists such as Silk and Kut Klose – signing both multi-platinum groups to his Keia Record label. Sweat has become one of Atlanta’s leading mentors for young talent, its principle purveyor of R&B music. The unflappable Sweat points to his consistency as the key to his success and achievement of a dozen top ten R&B singles including seven #1’s, four top five Pop singles and frequenting Billboards Top Charts.
After being named Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist by the American Music Awards in 1997, Sweat celebrated his longevity with his 1998’s aptly titled album, Still in the Game. His 2008 album Just Me made waves on radio and at cash registers and endorsed his claims to remain “in the game”. Keith released his tenth studio album Ridin Solo in 2010. This multi-talented artist masters his craft and expounds upon various interests that keep him fresh in the public’s eye. The state of Georgia authenticated Keith Sweat’s extraordinary talent in the music business with a coveted induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
He has appeared on both the Martin show and the Wayans Brothers show, among others, and has starred in a handful of independent movies. Keith Sweat’s initiation into the realty show craze, Keith Sweat’s Platinum House, yielded #1 ranking on the Centric network – of which, he was Creator and Executive Producer.
On the cusp of his third decade in the spotlight, Sweat has almost become a genre unto himself, his pleading ballads a mainstay of radio’s “Quiet Storm” format. As if in acknowledgement of that, Sweat hosts the #1 night time nationally syndicated radio show, “The Sweat Hotel”. The live call-in program boasts 3 million listeners exchanging dialogue with Keith about matters of the heart. Like the steady beat of his uptempo hits and tantalizing ballads, Keith Sweat, remains relevant – recently voted #11 on the list of the 20 Greatest R&B/Soul cd’s of all time for his epic album Make It Last Forever by the Georgia Informer magazine. Keith Sweat garners an impressive fan base in the fickle genre of Pop R&B and continues to redefine boundaries.
En Vogue Bio
En Vogue; Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron-Braggs. The name rings more than a bell. It invokes memories of a long line of red-hot R&B and pop smashes recorded in the 1990s. Songs like «Hold On,»«My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),» «Giving Him Something He Can Feel,» «Free Your Mind,» and “Whatta Man” featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made famous by the Pop/R&B super group.
Fusing style, sophistication, sass, and sex appeal, the En Vogue formula was magical and the group went on to sell over eight million albums. In total, En Vogue recorded five albums: 1990’s “Born To Sing;” 1992’s “Funky Divas;” 1997’s “EV3;” 2000’s “Masterpiece Theatre;” and 2002’s “The Gift of Christmas.” There have also been several compilations released including 1999’s “Best of En Vogue” and 2001’s “The Very Best of En Vogue.”
In addition to being featured on Elom’s, (star of “Sesame Street”) compilation CD “Elmopalooza!” the group also appeared on the soundtrack “Simply Mad About the Mouse,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” and “Set It Off” with produced the number one hit, “Don’t Let Go”. Group member Terry Ellis also released a successful solo album “Southern Girl” in 1995.
Since En Vogue’s 1990 debut, the ladies, who were the brain child of production team Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, set a standard for female R&B and pop acts like Destiny’s Child and the Pussy Cat Dolls. While En Vogue may have been trendsetters for those who followed them, the group itself began receiving comparisons to The Supremes, especially after internal differences caused original member Dawn Robinson to exit the group in 1997. Fellow member Maxine Jones followed suit and left the group in 2001. But unlike The Supremes, En Vogue never disbands. Instead, the group exemplified the fortitude of Motown veterans the Temptations and continued to record and perform. Like the Temptations, the remaining original members Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry decided to revamp En Vogue and added new member Rhona Bennett. En Vogue also finds fulfillment while on stage. “It’s about connecting with the people”. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.”
In the summer of 2007 original member Dawn, reunited with the group at the Summer Festival in Tobago. The reunion was explosive and allowed the ladies to grab on to the essence of what originally made them awesome. The first televised taste that the public received nationally was at the 2008 BET Awards, where they performed a medley with Alicia Keys, TLC and SWV. Although they embarked on their musical journey nearly 20-years ago, En Vogue’s appeal is greater than ever before. From performing at the NFL Superbowls to The Kentucky Derby, the girls keep adding unique and global project to their already impressive resume. In 2011, the girls visited and performed at a number of US Military Bases in Iraq.
This year, 2012, the trio (Cindy, Terry, Rhona), are touring worldwide as well as embarking on some film and television projects. Having grown musically, emotionally, professionally, and creatively, the ladies believe each day is a living affirmation, “…Hold On to your Love” and these ladies love to sing — they have no plans to ever let go.