Johnny Gill


In every arena that he has entered, the volcanic-voiced Johnny Gill has been a game changer. Discovered at 16 years old, he released two albums through Atlantic Records. He next joined now-iconic boy band New Edition, helping them segue melodically from novelty to longevity on timeless classics such as “If It Isn’t Love” and “Can You Stand the Rain.” As a linchpin of legendary Motown Records’ ‘90s comeback roster, Gill exploded as a solo artist with an indelible one-two punch from producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (“Rub You the Right Way”) and L.A. Reid & Babyface (“My, My, My”). Alongside Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat, Gill established L.S.G., the powerful R&B supergroup behind the sexy smash “My Body.” He also formed another supergroup, Heads of State, with New Edition peers Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant.

Johnny Gill is one of the few artists to score #1 hits with two different groups, duo and also as a solo artist. He’s one of the top legendary artists to have hits on the top 10 R&B charts for three decades 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. He’s accomplished a lot in his career as a veteran in this business and deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done in over 40 years in this business. After a 15-year solo hiatus, Gill made a stunning return to the game with 2011’s Still Winning. The set peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the magazine’s R&B album chart. Then came the pivotal Game Changer on Gill’s own record label J Skillz.

That move also signaled another phase in Gill’s multi-faceted career: entrepreneur. With Game Changer and Game Changer II now under his belt, Gill and Tresvant did a joint-venture collaboration. The pair teamed up again for Ralph Tresvant single, “All Mine”, on Ralph’s 2020 solo project. After the huge success of the widely anticipated New Edition “The Culture Tour 2022”, Gill fulfilled an item off his bucket list by releasing a widely acclaimed Christmas song in Nov 2022 called “Bad Santa”. Whatever Johnny Gill has coming next, fans can rest assure of one thing. He never just plays the game. He changes it … every time.

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