Al B. Sure!
|Birth name||Albert Joseph Brown III|
|Born||June 4, 1968|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Origin||Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.|
Albert Joseph Brown III (born June 4, 1968), known professionally as Al B. Sure!, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, radio host and former record executive. He was born in Boston and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Brown was one of new jack swing's most popular romantic singers, songwriters and record producers.
Early life and music career
Brown is the son of Albert Joseph Brown II, a nuclear medical technician, and Cassandra Brown, an accountant. Brown was a star football quarterback at Mount Vernon High School in New York, who rejected an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a music career. In 1987, Quincy Jones selected Brown as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. He went on to work with Jones on several projects, most notably the platinum 1990 single "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" from Jones' double-platinum-certified album Back on the Block. On this recording, Brown was one of a quartet with Barry White, El DeBarge, and James Ingram.
Brown's 1988 debut album In Effect Mode sold more than three million copies, topping the Billboard R&B chart for seven straight weeks. It included the single "Nite and Day," which topped the R&B chart and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Off on Your Own (Girl)", which also topped the R&B chart. He received numerous Grammy and American Music Award (AMA) nominations, and won an AMA for Best New R&B Artist. He also received several Soul Train Award nominations, and won the award for Best New Artist. Brown also won several New York Music Awards. In addition, his 1–900 phone line was third in generating revenue, following those for New Kids on the Block and Run-D.M.C.
As a writer and producer, Brown helped introduce to the music industry such multi-platinum acts as Jodeci and teen R&B performer Tevin Campbell (who was also one of Prince's and Quincy Jones' former protégés), as well as Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case and Usher.
In 2009, Brown signed with Hidden Beach Recordings. His first single for the label, "I Love It (Papi Aye, Aye, Aye)," entered the Radio & Records Urban AC chart at No. 33. The album Honey, I'm Home was released on June 23, 2009.
In 2000, Brown's ABS Entertainment launched a television development division, and he served as co-executive producer of an HBO Comedy Special starring Jamie Foxx, filmed at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. Then, Brown teamed with the ABC Radio Network to produce and host a romantically themed nighttime music program, The Secret Garden, featuring a blend of music and celebrity guests.
Brown participated in Bless the Children Foundation's celebrity auction along with NFL stars Charles Woodson and Anthony Dorsett. He was presented with the key to the city of Oakland by city council member Laurence E. Reid in recognition of the participation of Brown's ABS Ken-Struk-Shen in refurbishing parts of the city. Reid proclaimed October 19 Al B. Sure! Day. Brown was a DJ on the Los Angeles radio station KHHT, and played old-school hip hop and R&B. He currently hosts a daily morning-radio show on iHeart Radio.
In July 2019, Brown became the new host of Urban One's nationally syndicated evening quiet storm/slow jams program Love and R&B, replacing the previous host, John Monds. The show, syndicated through Urban One subsidiary Reach Media and based in Dallas, Texas, is heard on urban adult contemporary format radio stations such as WZAK in Cleveland, WMMJ in Washington, KZMJ in Dallas, and WDMK in Detroit among others.
In 2010, Brown appeared as one of the 12 contestants on the TV One reality television dating game show The Ultimate Merger. The series was produced by Donald Trump and starred former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, whom Brown dated previously.
Al B. Sure! has three sons. His eldest son Albert Joseph Brown IV, also known as Al B. Sure Jr, was featured on the MTV series Rock the Cradle. His second son Devin Brown is a hip hop singer and goes by the name of Devin LOUD. In 1991 he had a son, Quincy Brown by Kim Porter. Quincy was named after the musician who mentored Al B. Sure! Quincy Jones. In that same year, he co-wrote a song called "Forever My Lady" in honor of Kim and his son. The song was performed by Jodeci and produced by Al B. Sure! and Jodeci-member DeVante Swing. In 2022, it was revealed that Al had suffered from multiple illnesses including renal failure. He eventually was intubated and fell into a coma. Following which he received a liver transplant and has been successfully recovering during 2023.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1988||In Effect Mode
|1990||Private Times...and the Whole 9!
|2009||Honey I'm Home
|2003||The Very Best of Al B. Sure!|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1988||"Nite and Day"||7||1||19||—||71||—||44||In Effect Mode|
|"Off on Your Own (Girl)"||45||1||—||25||—||—||70|
|"Killing Me Softly"||80||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989||"If I'm Not Your Lover" (featuring Slick Rick)||—||2||—||—||—||—||54|
|1990||"Missunderstanding"||42||1||—||—||—||30||—||Private Times... and the Whole 9!|
|1991||"No Matter What You Do" (with Diana Ross)||—||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"Right Now"||47||1||—||—||—||—||—||Sexy Versus|
|1993||"I Don't Wanna Cry"||—||83||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994||"I'm Still in Love with You"||—||9||—||—||—||—||—||Above the Rim|
|2009||"I Love It (Papi Aye Aye Aye)"||—||72||—||—||—||—||—||Honey I'm Home|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Year||Title||Artist||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1990||"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"||Quincy Jones w/
|31||1||26||13||67||Back on the Block|
|1993||"Black Tie White Noise"||David Bowie||—||—||—||—||36||Black Tie White Noise|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Writing & Producing Credits
|1991||Forever My Lady||Jodeci||Writer & Producer|
|Come and Talk to Me||Jodeci||Writer & Producer|
|1992||Alone With You||Tevin Campbell||Writer & Producer|
|1996||Loungin||LL Cool J||Writer|
- Holden, Stephen (October 31, 1990). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
The singer, who lives in northern New Jersey, was born in Boston, lived in Leonia, N.J., for several years, then moved to Goshen, N.Y., and went to high school in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
- Huey, Steve. "Biography: Al B. Sure!". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
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- "US Charts – Al B. Sure!". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "Al B. Sure! Among Competitors for Omarosa's Love". BlackAmericaWeb.com. June 17, 2010. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
- Bland, Bridget (June 14, 2010). "Omarosa Says New Reality Show Isn't Run-of-the-Mill 'Love' Fare". AOL Black Voices. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
- Carvajal, Edduin (August 20, 2018). "Remember '80s singer Al B Sure? He has a grown up son who is also an artist". news.amomama.com. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
- "Devin Loud". Themefam. March 19, 2020. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
- Ayoola, Elizabeth (December 19, 2022). "Al B. Sure! Opens Up About Health Scare Post Two-Month Long Coma". essence.com. Essence Magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2023.
The artist, also known as, Albert Joseph Brown III, collapsed while working on new music and fell into a coma, and began suffering from multiple illnesses, like renal failure — when one or both of your kidneys can no longer function independently. His health had taken such a turn for the worst that doctors considered putting him in hospice.
- "Al B Sure! Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
- "NLD Charts > Al B. Sure!". MegaCharts. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "NZ Charts > Al B. Sure!". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "UK Charts > Al B. Sure!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 9, 2013.