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Al B. Sure!

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Al B. Sure! (born Albert Brown, 4 June 1969, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American , and record producer. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York and during the late 19, Al B. Sure! enjoyed a brief run as one of New Jack Swing’s most popular romantic singers and producers. He is known for his trademark unibrow.

Brown was a star football quarterback at Mount Vernon High School in New York, but rejected an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a music career. In 1987, Quincy Jones selected Brown as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. Subsequently, Brown went on to work with Jones on several projects, most notably the platinum single “Secret Garden” from Jones’ double platinum album Back on the Block. On this recording, Brown was one of a quartet with Barry White, El DeBarge, and James Ingram.

His debut album from 1988, In Effect Mode, sold more than two million copies, topping the Billboard R&B chart for seven straight weeks. The album included his memorable single “Nite and Day”, which topped the R&B singles chart and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. He received numerous Grammy and American Music Award (AMA) nominations, and won an AMA for Best New R&B Artist. He also received several Soul Train Award nominations, and won the award for Best New Artist. He also won several New York Music Awards. In addition, Al’s 900 phone line was third in generating revenue, following those for New Kids on the Block and RUN-DMC.

As a writer and producer, Brown introduced the multi-platinum group Jodeci and teen R&B performer Tevin Campbell (also one of Quincy Jones’s former protégés), as well as Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music scene.

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  • Wilmerincognito

    found Al B. Sure! via DJ Screw.

    17 Oct 2:13pm Reply
  • discotequedude

    I reached 300 plays of Al B. Sure! in my library with his hit song "Right Now".

    21 May 3:10am Reply
  • discotequedude

    I reached 200 plays of Al B. Sure! in my library with his hit song "Natalie".

    3 Feb 4:16am Reply
  • BarneyJWY

    In Effect Mode is a definitive R&B classic of the 80's.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    Thanks 4 A Great Time Last Night, from Sexy Versus, has to be one of the first R&B songs that is explicitly about getting head! Al B. was ahead of his time, for Sure. (Pun intended.)

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JNez

    In Effect Mode is turning 25 this year (!). Al B. Sure! never quite repeated the heights he reached with his debut album in 1988 but no matter...the 8 songs on In Effect Mode are certified modern r&b classics.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mackcee

    good times

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    lol the trademark unibrow, so dumb

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    HOT!!! :-)

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mpikisano

    i can tell how i feel about you nite and day

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • naynay1129

    man nite and day is my jam

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Al's sophomore album "Private Times... And The Whole 9" is a solid, excellent album overall! I am glad I bought a copy of it!

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SweetiePie4One

    hey i think Al should have been the ultimate merger but it's okay cus she just want a toy and Al is better than that

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Happy Birthday, Al!

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • JNez

    back in love with dude, courtesy of oooh this love is so. 22 years after its release, the album in effect mode is being revisited for the classic it is. i need to check this grown & sexy tour. oh @discotequedude 'right now' is the ish! best song on the sexy verses album.

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Now that I have Al's third album, "Sexy Verses", my favourite songs is "Right Now." Something about it keeps me pressing the replay button on my CD player!

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • AlBSureLove

    Al B. Sure! Tour Kicks off May 8th, 2010 in Pasadena, CA! Secret Garden Rendezvous "Grown & Sexy" Tour featuring Bobby Brown, Al B. Sure! & Christopher Williams! Pre-Mother's Day Celebration Pasadena Civic Center be Sure to sign up for updates @ www.SecretgardenRendezvous.com. www.AlBSure.net www.AlBSureLove.com

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ANIMAPU

    Yes new album es is f* good.

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    AL'S FOURTH ALBUM "HONEY I'M HOME" IS GOOD! I OWN IT. HE SOUNDS BETTER THAN EVER!

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • s_e_a

    +1

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
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