Keith Sweat will forever be known for his trademark “whine.”
No one in the R&B world could whine like Sweat could, and he used that singing attribute to power a number of hits that still get a ton of airplay on R&B stations. Sweat perfected his chops while performing as a member of Jamilah, a Harlem band that was one of the best in the neighborhood at the time.
Nine years later, he left the group to launch a solo career, and, like so many others before him, he paid his dues by singing in nightclubs all over the New York City area. This would last until 1987 when Vincent Davis discovered Sweat and offered him a deal at Vintertainment Records. His debut for the label, 1987’s Make It Last Forever, became a smash out of the gate, selling over three million copies and creating the signature song of the new jack swing era, “I Want Her” (#1 R&B/#5 Hot 100)
It was during the new jack swing era where Sweat had his greatest success, and while the hits slowed down a bit over the years, he is still recording and releasing singles. At the same time, he also hosts a nighttime syndicated radio show and is still performing live shows, one of which will be at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles (2550 Golden Nugget Blvd.) in October for a one-night date no R&B fan should miss.
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