Stevie B

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Stevie B
Birth name Steven Bernard Hill
Born (1958-04-19) April 19, 1958 (age 56)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Latin freestyle, R&B, pop, electronic
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, electronic keyboard, drum machine
Years active 1987–present
Labels LMR
RCA Records
Saja/Atlantic Records
Empire Musicwerks
VI Music
Universal Records

Stevie B (born Steven Bernard Hill, April 19, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, who was influential in the Latin freestyle and Hi-NRG dance music scene of the late 1980s, mostly in Miami. Also known as the King of Freestyle, Stevie B is perhaps best known for his 1990 number-one hit ballad "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)".

Career[edit]

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Stevie B worked a variety of jobs — from car washing to fast food — before gaining recognition for his 1987 national club smash, "Party Your Body". It was also the title track of his 1988 debut LP, which eventually went gold. In 1989, he had his first top 40 hits with "I Wanna Be the One," "In My Eyes" and "Love Me For Life." With his 1990 album, Love & Emotion, he reached the height of his success, with the accompanying single, "Because I Love You" enjoying four weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1990.[1] He had two subsequent top 15 hits from Love and Emotion with "I'll Be by Your Side" and the title track from the album.[1]

In 1998, The Best of Stevie B was re-released, highlighting the light dance-pop sound that marked the start of his career. He has found new fame in Brazil, where he not only appears regularly on radio shows but continues to sell out concerts to tens of thousands of fans, many hailing from the slums (favelas) of both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, due to the popularity of his style of music with urban youth.[citation needed]

Child support problems[edit]

On September 30, 2011, Hill was arrested by Springfield, Massachusetts police officers after his concert in MassMutual Center in Massachusetts due to him owing $420,000 in unpaid child support.[2][3][4][5]

Discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

sources: U.S.: Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Dance: Hot Dance Club Play

  • 1983: "Sending Out for Love"
  • 1986: "Nightmare on Freddy Krugger Street"
  • 1987: "Party Your Body" (#40 U.S. Dance)
  • 1988: "Dreamin' of Love" (#80 U.S., #21 U.S. Dance)
  • 1988: "Spring Love (Come Back to Me)" (#43 U.S., #5 U.S. Dance)
  • 1988: "I Wanna Be the One" (#32 U.S., #39 U.S. Dance)
  • 1989: "In My Eyes" (#37 U.S., #21 U.S. Dance)
  • 1989: "Girl I Am Searching for You" (#56 U.S.)
  • 1990: "The Stevie B. Megamix"
  • 1990: "Love Me for Life" (#29 U.S.)
  • 1990: "Love & Emotion" (#15 U.S., #43 U.S. Dance)
  • 1990: "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" (#1 U.S.)
  • 1991: "I'll Be By Your Side" (#12 U.S.)
  • 1991: "Forever More" (#96 U.S.)
  • 1992: "Pump That Body"
  • 1992: "Prayer"
  • 1994: "Funky Melody" (#29 U.S.)
  • 1995: "Dream About You" (#29 U.S.)
  • 1995: "If You Still Love Me"
  • 1995: "Waiting for Your Love"
  • 1997: "Summer Nights"
  • 1998: "Megamix Vol. 2"
  • 1998: "If You Leave Me Now" With Alexia Phillips
  • 1999: "It's So Good"
  • 1999: "Mega Freestyle"
  • 1999: "Mega Mixx 2000"
  • 2000: "You Are the One"
  • 2000: "Megafreestylemix / Young Girl"
  • 2001: "MegaMix 2001"
  • 2008: "Running for Miles"
  • 2008: "Get This Party Started"
  • 2009: "It Ain't Over"[citation needed][14]

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