Aaron Hall (singer)

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Aaron Hall
Birth nameAaron Robin Hall III
Also known as"The Voice", "Nasty Man"
Born (1964-08-10) August 10, 1964 (age 55)
OriginThe Bronx, New York, U.S
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments
Years active1988–present
LabelsSilas / MCA (1994)
Associated acts

Aaron Robin Hall III (born August 10, 1964) is an American recording artist, songwriter and record producer. Hall rose to prominence in 1988 as a member and lead singer of the R&B and new jack swing group Guy,[1] which he founded in the late 1980s, along with New jack swing producer Teddy Riley and songwriter Timmy Gatling, who was later replaced by Hall's brother Damion Hall. In 1988, they released their debut album which went on to sell over a million copies being certified platinum. Hall led the group in songs like "Groove Me", "I Like" and "Piece Of My Love".

Life and work[edit]

Aaron Robin Hall III was born on August 10, 1964 in Bronx, New York City and was raised in Brooklyn. He is named after his father Aaron Hall II, who is an active pastor. He is the oldest sibling of three brothers, Damion Hall and Todd Hall.[2] Hall begin singing in a baptist church at a young age.[3][4] Later in his life, his talent was explored by an friend, Timmy Gatling, who also worked together with him in a shoe store called Abraham & Straus, in the 1980's. Gatling was known with Teddy Riley, who would later introduce him to Hall. The three have decided to form a group called Guy.[4] Hall gained huge success through Guy during 5 years (1987-1992). The group collapsed after their second studio album The Future. He later signed with Silas Records, a subsidiary label of MCA Records formed by Louil Silas Jr.[5]

Hall started his solo career afterwards the collapse of Guy. In 1993, he worked with several producers of the Silas label on his debut album, The Truth. It included several hits such as "Don't Be Afraid", "Get a Little Freaky with Me", "Let's Make Love" and more. One of his biggest single, "I Miss You", reached #2 on the R&B chart and later peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest pop hit. Later in the following years, he would create hits for movie soundtracks and be in collaborations with other artists.

Hall's hits include the #1 R&B single, "Don't Be Afraid" (from the Juice soundtrack in 1992 and also on the popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on New jack swing radio station CSR 103.9), the original and the remix of "Don't Be Afraid" was produced Hank Shocklee from The Bomb Squad, who also produced Public Enemy's music.

In the spring of 1994, Hall recorded the song, "Gonna Give it to Ya" with Jewell from the soundtrack to the movie Above the Rim, starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin.

In 1994, he also participated in Black Men United with Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Tevin Campbell, D'Angelo, R. Kelly, Gerald Levert, as well as his brother Damion Hall in the song "U Will Know" from the Jason's Lyric soundtrack. Hall also recorded the song "Heaven's Girl" with R. Kelly, Ronald Isley & Charlie Wilson on Quincy Jones 1996 album Q's Jook Joint.

In 1995, Hall produced a song with Dalvin DeGrate for the Dangerous Minds movie soundtrack named "Curiosity". It was the second most charted song of the album along with "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio. The vinyl single includes a exclusive remix by Marley Marl, featuring Redman.

In 1998, he released his second studio album "Inside Of You", featuring Faith Evans, Fat Joe, Big Pun and Cuban Link. It contained a single hit, "All The Places (I Will Kiss You)" which reached #8 on the US R&B Charts in that year.

Hall has a son with hip hop model Gloria Velez. He was featured with 2Pac, K-Ci & JoJo and Danny Boy in the 2Pac single "Toss It Up" in his 1996 album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

Hall reunited with his brother and Riley as Guy on their 2000 reunion album, Guy III, which featured the modest hit, "Dancin'".

In July 2005, Aaron Hall released his most recent album entitled Adults Only: The Final Album.

As of 2009, Aaron Hall has a show titled "Aaron Hall's Dog Rehab".

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Aaron Hall (singer) among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

With Guy[edit]

Solo[edit]

Singles[edit]

With Guy[edit]

1988

  • "'Round and 'Round (Merry-Go-Round of Love)" #24 R&B
  • "Groove Me" #4 R&B
  • "Teddy's Jam" #5 R&B

1989

  • "I Like" #70 Pop, #2 R&B
  • "Spend the Night" #15 R&B

1990

  • "Wanna Get with You" #50 Pop, #4 R&B

1991

  • "Let's Chill" #41 Pop, #3 R&B
  • "Do Me Right" #2 R&B
  • "D-O-G. Me Out" #8 R&B

1992

  • "Let's Stay Together" #16 Pop

1999

2000

  • "Why You Wanna Keep Me From My Baby"

Solo[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
Hot
100
US
R&B
1992 "Don't Be Afraid" 44 1 The Truth and Juice soundtrack
"It's Gonna Be Alright" (with Charlie Wilson) Boomerang soundtrack
1993 "Get a Little Freaky with Me" 48 The Truth
"Let's Make Love" 36
1994 "I Miss You" 14 2
"When You Need Me" 30
1995 "Curiosity" 36 Dangerous Minds soundtrack
"Soon as I Get Home" (Remix) (with Faith Evans) Faith
"Scent of Attraction" (with Patra) 82 Scent of Attraction
1996 "Toss It Up" (with Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo) 82 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
1998 "All The Places (I Will Kiss You)" 26 8 Inside of You
2000 "Why You Tryin' to Play Me" (with The Notorious B.I.G.) Xtra Large Entertainment Inc
(Executive Producers: Derrick Hodge and LeTroy Davis)
2005 "Serve That Body" (with KansasCali) Adults Only: The Final Album
2006 "Much Too Soon" (with K-Ci Hailey) and Al B. Sure!) My Book
2011 "Bye Baby" (with Nas) Life Is Good

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Aaron Hall". AMG. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Aaron Hall". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  3. ^ "Aaron Hall - and Voices of Inspiration (80s)". YouTube. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  4. ^ a b "Teddy Riley revisits crafting Guy's debut album #ReturnToTheClassics". SoulCulture.com. 2012-04-08. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  5. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.de. p. 32. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  6. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.