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Born: July 13, 1966 Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Died: November 10, 2006(age 40) Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Gerald Levert biography (bio):
Levert was born to The O'Jays frontman Eddie Levert and his wife Martha in Philadelphia on July 13, 1966. Levert grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and due to his father's career, Levert was exposed to music from a young age and would travel with the band regularly. While in high school, Levert's inclination towards music became apparent when he formed the R&B trio LeVert with his younger brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon in 1984. The group proved to be very successful with four of its seven albums going platinum. These include I Get Hot in 1985, Bloodline in 1986, The Big Throwdown in 1987 and Just Coolin' in 1988. Among the group's memorable hits were "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind", "Casanova", and "ABC-123" (not to be confused with the Jackson 5 hit of the same name).
Levert went solo with Private Line (1991) which went to number one on the R&B charts. In 1992, Gerald and his father, Eddie Levert, hit number one on the R&B charts with the single, "Baby Hold On to Me".
He wrote and produced songs for other artists, such as Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, James Ingram, The Winans and The O'Jays. He also helped launch the careers of two Cleveland-area R&B ensembles who were popular in the early and mid 1990s: The Rude Boyz and Men at Large.
Levert sang the chorus on the Chris Rock spoken-word comedy piece, No Sex (In the Champagne Room) (1999).
Yet another of Levert's collaborations was with the supergroup LSG, comprised of himself, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, with whom he produced the 1997 album Levert Sweat Gill and the 2003 album, LSG2. LSG recorded such hits as "My Body" and "Door #1". Levert recorded a string of albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, that spawned hits like "Thinkin' About It", "Funny", "Mr. Too Damn Good to You", "U Got That Love", and a remake of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly", along with gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
He can also be seen and heard giving terrific performances of the hits "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Shotgun" in the 2002 concert-movie Standing In The Shadows of Motown.
One of Levert's last collaborations was with pianist Jim Brickman on the song 'My Angel' for Brickman's 2006 album entitled 'Escape'.
In his final days, the singer was working on a reality TV show that put him on a weight loss program alongside 12 of his female fans. Though he was never married, Levert had three children, one of whom, Carlysia, appeared with him in an MTV show, My Super Sweet 16. The singer's tenth album was Voices released in 2005.
Shortly before his passing, Gerald completed his last album entitled In My Songs, which was released February 13, 2007, on Atlantic Records. A book entitled I Got Your Back, co-written with Eddie Levert and Lyah LaFlore was also finished. I Got Your Back was originally intended to tie in to a new LeVert album of the same name. Levert had also completed a documentery with Eddie about the legendary group that inspired him, The O'Jays. He was set to do a reality show where he and ten female fans would diet together. The fan who lost the most weight would be the female lead in his next video. He also had completed work on a debut album for his daughter.