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Washington, D.C., United States

Johnny Gill (born May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C., United States) is an R&B singer best known as a member of quintet New Edition.

Gill, the son of a minister, started singing at age five in a family gospel group called “Wings of Faith”. His solo career began in 1983 when his childhood friend, singer Stacy Lattisaw convinced him to record a demo. The demo he recorded fell into the hands of the president of Atlantic Records, and his self-titled debut album was released shortly thereafter. Then, Johnny teamed up with Stacy for a duet album, which featured their first together, “Perfect Combination”, a second album on Atlantic Records, Chemistry, yielded the song “Half Crazy,”.

Gill’s big break came in 1987, when he replaced Bobby Brown in New Edition, a 1980s pop group. With Gill as one of the lead singers, the group developed a more mature, adult sound, hitting the charts with songs such as “Can You Stand The Rain,” “N.E. Heartbreak,” and the Johnny Gill lead “Boys To Men”. During a hiatus from New Edition, Johnny embarked on a solo career. The hits from his self entitled 1990 album include “My, My, My,” “Rub You the Right Way,” “Fairweather Friend” and “Wrap My Body Tight”. On this album, Gill played guitar, bass, bongos, and drums in addition to performing his lead and background vocals.

In 1993, Gill released another solo project, Provocative, which included the songs “Quiet Time to Play,” “A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction,” and a gospel song, “I Know Where I Stand.

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