Silk (group)

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Silk
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 1989–present
Labels Elektra
Liquid 8
Shanachie
Silk Music Group
Associated acts Keith Sweat
Members Tim Cameron
Jimmy Gates
Gary "Big G" Glenn
Jonathen "John-John" Rasboro
Gary "Lil G" Jenkins
Past members Tyga Graham
Albert Allen

Silk is an American R&B group, formed in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career[edit]

Silk is best known for their hit singles, "Freak Me", and "Happy Days" from their debut album, Lose Control. Another hit from Lose Control, "Girl U For Me", helped the album reach double platinum status. They later had success with singles such as "I Can Go Deep", "Hooked On You", "Don't Rush", "If You" (released February 23, 1999) "Meeting In My Bedroom", and "We're Calling You."

Silk was discovered by the musician Keith Sweat and Andrea Ryans. The group was originally a quintet made up of Tim Cameron,Jimmy Gates, Gary "Big G" Glenn, Johnathen "John John" Rasboro, & Tyga Graham who was replaced by Gary "Lil G" Jenkins before they recorded their debut album. In 2002, Elektra Records dropped Silk and Keith Sweat from the label. That same year, Jenkins left the group to pursue other interests and made his stage debut in 2002 as 'AJ' in the Tyler Perry play Madea's Family Reunion. He resurfaced musically in 2007 with his solo debut, The Other Side. In addition to being discovered by Keith Sweat, Silk and Sweat both appeared in the group, Black Men United on the track, "U Will Know" for the movie, Jason's Lyric the film's soundtrack.

In 2003, down to a quartet, Silk released their fifth album Silktime, on their own label Silk Music Group. The album featured the songs "Silktime", "My Girl", "Alibi", "More", "You (The Baby Song)", "Check My Story" and a cover version of Blue Magic's "Sideshow". That song reunited them with their mentor Keith Sweat. However, without Jenkins as lead vocalist, the album received poor sales despite its appearance in the Billboard 200.

In 2006, the group returned with their sixth release, a cover album entitled Always And Forever on Shanachie Records. The album featured covers of R&B songs including "Adore" by Prince, "Always and Forever" by Heatwave, and "Secret Garden" by Quincy Jones. "Secret Garden" was the first and only single. Like Silktime, Always and Forever was not a sales success.

Members[edit]

  • Gary Glenn
  • Johnathen Rasboro
  • Timothy Cameron
  • Jimmy Gates, Jr.
  • Gary Jenkins

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
1992 Lose Control
  • Release date: November 17, 1992
  • Label: Elektra
7 1 45 8
  • US: 2× Platinum[4]
  • CAN: Gold[5]
1995 Silk
  • Release date: November 28, 1995
  • Label: Elektra
46 10
1999 Tonight
  • Release date: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Elektra
21 8
  • US: Platinum[4]
2001 Love Session
  • Release date: June 12, 2001
  • Label: Elektra
20 2
2003 Silktime
  • Release date: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Silk, Liquid 8
178 30
2006 Always and Forever
  • Release date: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Shanachie
23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak position
US R&B
[1]
2004 The Best of Silk
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Label: Elektra
54

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
NLD
[6]
NZ
[7]
UK
[8]
1992 "Happy Days" 86 13 Lose Control
1993 "Freak Me" 1 1 3 43 42 9 46
  • US: Platinum[4]
"Girl U for Me" 26 4 30 67
"Lose Control"
"It Had to Be You" 109 45
"Baby It's You" 44
1994 "I Can Go Deep" 71 22 A Low Down Dirty Shame / Silk
1995 "Hooked on You" 54 12 11 81 Silk
1996 "Don't Rush" 91 39
1999 "If You (Lovin' Me)" 13 4 28 Tonight
"Meeting in My Bedroom" 62 15
"Let's Make Love" 58
2001 "We're Callin U" 56 Love Session
"Ebony Eyes"
2003 "Silktime" Silktime
2004 "Side Show" 66
2006 "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" Always and Forever
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Silk". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "AUS Charts > Silk". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Silk". RPM. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "US Certifications > Silk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ "CAN Certifications > Silk". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ "NLD Charts > Silk". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  7. ^ "NZ Charts > Silk". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  8. ^ "UK Charts > Silk". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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