Al B. Sure!

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Al B. Sure!
Al B. Sure!
Background information
Birth nameAlbert Joseph Brown III
Born (1968-06-04) June 4, 1968 (age 50)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OriginLeonia, New Jersey; Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • radio host
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
Years active1986–present
Associated acts

Albert Joseph Brown III (born June 4, 1968) is a three-time Grammy-nominated American R&B record producer, radio host, recording artist and actor who was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey and Mount Vernon, New York.[1] During the late 1980s under the stage name Al B. Sure!, he was one of new jack swing's most popular romantic singers[2] and producers.

Music career[edit]

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. Subsequently, Brown went on to work with Jones on several projects, most notably the platinum 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.

His 1988 debut album In Effect Mode sold more than two 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. 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. He 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 introduced 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.

Other work[edit]

In 1991, Sure! co-starred with Martin Lawrence in a television pilot titled Private Times. Other cast members included ER's Michael Michele and The Five Heartbeats' Michael Wright. Sure!'s various talk show appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Arsenio Hall Show, Rolonda, and Donahue. Sure!'s television and acting performances include It's Showtime at the Apollo!, Soul Train and The Soul Train Music Awards, the Grammys, the American Music Awards, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and The Magic Johnson Special from Hawaii. He also hosted MTV Jams.

In 2000, Sure!'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. More recently, Sure! 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.

Sure! 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 Sure!'s ABS Ken-Struk-Shen in refurbishing parts of the city. Reid proclaimed October 19 Al B. Sure! Day. Sure! 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.

His eldest son Al Brown, previously known as Lil' B. Sure!, was featured on the MTV series Rock the Cradle. In 2010, Sure! appeared as one of the 12 contestants on the TV One reality television dating game show The Ultimate Merger.[3] The series was produced by Donald Trump and starred former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, whom Sure! dated previously.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Brown is the son of Cassandra Brown, an accountant, and Albert Brown, a nuclear medical technician.[5] He has three sons. Albert Brown IV (born October 30, 1986) is a singer who performs under the stage name Lil' B. Sure. A second son, Devin, is a music producer and hip-hop artist based in Atlanta, Georgia who goes by the name Devin LOUD. Brown is also the father of musician Quincy.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1988 In Effect Mode 20 1
  • US: 3× Platinum
1990 Private Times...and the Whole 9!
  • Released: October 16, 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros.
20 4
  • US: Gold
1992 Sexy Versus
  • Released: September 22, 1992
  • Label: Warner Bros.
41 2
2009 Honey I’m Home 85 16

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
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
"Rescue Me" 3
"Killing Me Softly" 80 14
1989 "If I'm Not Your Lover" (featuring Slick Rick) 2 54
1990 "Misunderstanding" 42 1 30 Private Times... and the Whole 9!
1991 "No Matter What You Do" (with Diana Ross) 4
"Had Enuf?" 28
1992 "Right Now" 47 1 Sexy Versus
"Natalie" 56
1993 "I Don't Wanna Cry" 83
1994 "I'm Still in Love with You" 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.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Peak chart positions Album
1990 "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" Quincy Jones w/
James Ingram
El DeBarge
Barry White
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.


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen. "The Pop Life", The New York Times, October 31, 1990. Accessed 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."
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Al B. Sure!". Allmusic. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Al B. Sure! Among Competitors for Omarosa's Love.",, June 17, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Al B. Sure!, a Singer Who Has Polished His Image by Smoothing the Rough Edge of Rhythm & Blues
  6. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts - Al B. Sure!". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  7. ^ "NLD Charts > Al B. Sure!". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  8. ^ "NZ Charts > Al B. Sure!". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  9. ^ "UK Charts > Al B. Sure!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-09.

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