Johnny Gill

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Johnny Gill
Johnny Gill performing with New Edition in Charlotte, NC 8/26/06
Background information
Birth name Johnny Gill Jr.
Also known as J.G., Skillz
Born (1966-05-22) May 22, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Washington, D.C., USA
Genres R&B, soul, pop, new jack swing
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocal, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Years active 1982–present
Labels Cotillion/Atlantic (1982-1985)
Motown (1989-1999)
MCA (1986-1997)
Notifi (2010-present)
Associated acts New Edition, LSG, Stacy Lattisaw, Heads of State

Johnny Gill (born Johnny Gill Jr. May 22, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the sixth and final member of the R&B/pop group New Edition, and was also a member of the supergroup called LSG; with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat. He is currently in the new group Heads of State with New Edition members Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant touring.

Early life[edit]

Gill was born on May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C, his mother had four boys and his father was a minister. He started singing at the age of five singing along in church in a family gospel group called Little Johnny and "Wings Faith" which included his brothers Bobby, Jeff, and Randy Gill (himself a solo recording artist and member of the group II D Extreme).[clarification needed] Gill attended Kimball Elementary, Sousa Junior High, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. His career dictated that he complete his high-school education through the services of a tutor. Gill planned to attend college to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, but decided instead to focus on his singing career.

Music career[edit]

Early recordings[edit]

Gill's recording career began in 1983, at the age of 17, when his childhood friend, singer Stacy Lattisaw, convinced him to record a demo. This demo fell into the hands of the president of Atlantic Records, and his self-titled debut album was released shortly thereafter- featuring the minor hit "Super Love". On this album, Gill played guitar, bass, bongos, and drums in addition to performing lead and background vocals. Gill then teamed up with Stacy for a duet album, which featured their first hit together- the title track, "Perfect Combination". A second album on Atlantic Records yielded the song "Half Crazy".

New Edition[edit]

Gill began a new chapter in his career in 1987, when he was recruited by Michael Bivins to join New Edition. Bobby Brown had been voted out the group and Gill was brought in to replace lead singer Ralph Tresvant, who was rumored at the time to be leaving to pursue a solo career. Gill became the only member of New Edition who was not from Boston.

With Gill, the oldest member, as one of the lead singers (along with Tresvant, who ended up staying with New Edition and delaying the launch of his solo career) on the album Heart Break, the group developed a more mature, adult sound, hitting the charts with songs such as "Can You Stand The Rain", "N.E. Heartbreak", "If It Isn't Love", and the Gill-led "Boys To Men".

Solo career[edit]

Continuing his role as a romantic balladeer while emerging as a new jack swing star, he released a second self-titled album in 1990, which included the hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", "Fairweather Friend", and "Wrap My Body Tight". In 1991, he was featured in Perri "Pebbles" Reid's hit single "Always" from the album of the same name, along with Pebbles' cousin, R&B singer Cherrelle. The single made the R&B Top 20 shortly after its release.[citation needed]

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

In 1996, Gill also released Let's Get the Mood Right, which included the title song, "Love In an Elevator", and "Maybe" - which is considered by many to be one of his greatest vocal performances.[citation needed] In 1996, Johnny reunited with New Edition reunion and recorded Home Again.


In 1997, he collaborated with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat to form the supergroup LSG (Levert/Sweat/Gill), which yielded the multi- platinum debut album, Levert.Sweat.Gill.

Later career[edit]

In July 2010, Notifi Records, based out of St. Louis, MO, signed Gill to a recording contract. On October 11, 2011- 16 years after recording his last solo album- he released his recent studio album Still Winning.

Acting career[edit]

Gill has had over 80 television and film appearances as a singer and actor. He had a cameo role on the TV show Family Matters (TV series), and sang "You For Me" in the 2006 movie Madea's Family Reunion.

Gill starred in the 2009 stage play A Mother's Prayer, which also starred Robin Givens, Shirley Murdock, and Jermaine Crawford.

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2008, Gill, as a member of New Edition, received the Golden Note Award at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.[citation needed]

He has received four Grammy Awards nominations- one with New Edition and the other one with LSG.

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1989 "If It Isn't Love" Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus Nominated
1991 "My, My, My" Best R&B Song Nominated
Johnny Gill Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
1998 Levert.Sweat.Gill Best R&B Album by a Duo or Group Nominated


Gill has one son named Isiah Gill.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions[1][2][3] Certifications[4]
(sales threshold)
1983 Johnny Gill 64
1985 Chemistry
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: April 22, 1985
  • Label: Cotillion / Atlantic
1990 Johnny Gill
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: April 17, 1990
  • Label: Motown
8 1 47
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1993 Provocative
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: June 8, 1993
  • Label: Motown
14 4 42 31
  • US: Gold
1995 Let's Get the Mood Right
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: October 8, 1995
  • Label: Motown
32 7
  • US: Gold
2011 Still Winning
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release date: October 11, 2011[5]
  • Label: Notifi/Fontana
17 4
  • US:
2014 The Game Changer
  • Seventh studio album
  • Release date: December 9, 2014
  • Label: J Skillz / Caroline
- -
  • US:

Collaboration albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
1984 Perfect Combination
  • with Stacy Lattisaw
  • Release date: February 27, 1984
  • Label: Cotillion / Atlantic
139 27

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
1997 Favorites
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: November 11, 1997
  • Label: Motown
2002 Ultimate Collection
  • Second compilation album
  • Release date: March 26, 2002
  • Label: Hip-O
2003 The Best of Johnny Gill
  • Third compilation album
  • Release date: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Motown
2005 Love Songs
  • Fourth compilation album
  • Release date: January 11, 2005
  • Label: Motown
2013 Ballads
  • Sixth compilation album
  • Release date: April 9, 2013
  • Label: Motown


Year Single Peak chart positions[1][2][3] Album
1983 "Super Love" 29 Johnny Gill (1983 album)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" 57
1984 "Perfect Combination" (with Stacy Lattisaw) 75 10 Perfect Combination
"Baby It's You" (with Stacy Lattisaw) 102 37
"Block Party" (with Stacy Lattisaw) 63 48
1985 "Half Crazy" 26 Chemistry
"Can't Wait Til Tomorrow" 49
1989 "Where Do We Go from Here" (with Stacy Lattisaw) 1 What You Need
1990 "Rub You the Right Way" 3 1 16 77 27 41 59 Johnny Gill (1990 album)
"My, My, My" 10 1 89 37 31
"Fairweather Friend" 28 2 19
1991 "Wrap My Body Tight" 84 1 48 57 47
"I'm Still Waiting" 27 New Jack City
1992 "Silent Prayer" (with Shanice) 31 4 Inner Child
"Let's Just Run Away 56 Mo' Money
"There U Go" 21 Boomerang
"Slow and Sexy" (with Shabba Ranks) 33 4 17 X-tra Naked
1993 "The Floor" 56 11 49 53 45 29 6 Provocative
"I Got You" 35
"Long Way from Home" 42
1994 "Quiet Time to Play" 111 25
"A Cute, Sweet Love Addiction" 46 89
1995 "Let's Get the Mood Right" 53 17 Let's Get the Mood Right
1995 "It's Your Body" (with Roger Troutman) 43 19
"Love in an Elevator" 104 59
1998 "Give Love on Christmas Day" 71 Favorites
2011 "In The Mood" 33 Still Winning
"It Would Be You" 60
2012 "Just The Way You Are" 78
2014 "Behind Closed Doors" Game Changer


  1. ^ a b "Johnny Gill U.S. chart history". Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Gill U.S. chart history". Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Johnny Gill UK chart history". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Johnny Gill U.S. certification history". Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Johnny Gill Says He's Still Winning, Talks NE Reunion". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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