Gerald LeVert

Gerald LeVert was born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio and was part of a family with rich musical background. His father, Eddie LeVert Sr.'s success constantly loomed over the family as he was the lead singer in the O'Jays.

His father's high status helped nurture and prepare Gerald's musical career as it helped him learn to be a writer, arranger, producer and performer. Entering adulthood, Gerald formed the trio LeVert with his brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon.

As a trio, LeVert scored five numbre one singles, seven Top Ten singles and four Top 20 singles on the R&B charts. The group also had the hit 'Casanova' which reached #1 on the Hot 100.

In 1991, Gerald made a solo debut with the album Private Line. The title track topped the R&B charts. The album had two more successful singles with 'School Me' and 'Can You Handle It' reaching #3 and 9 on the R&B charts respectively. The album's final single, 'Baby Hold On To Me' added another #1 R&B hit to LeVert's records. Unfortunately, Gerald failed to make significant appeal on the Pop charts.

Working with producer David Foster in 1994, Gerald released his second album, Groove On. Together, they produced 'I'd Give Anything' which reached #4 on the R&B charts. The album's second single, 'Answering Service' reached #12 on the R&B charts.

Gerald collaborated with his father Eddie on an album in 1992 with Father and Son. The album highlighted the strengths of the two artists as they worked well together, giving one another the time to shine.

In addition to his success as a singer, LeVert as done well as a writer. He has worked with the O'Jays, Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Troop, Teddy Pendergrass and many more.

Further expanding his strong reputation in R&B, Gerald LeVert joined up with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill to form the group LSG. The group had a big hit with the single 'My Body.'

Since then, LeVert has released many albums with a wealth of successful singles. These include 'Already Missing You,' 'Thinkin' Bout It,' and 'Taking Everything.'

Gerald LeVert sadly died on November 10, 2006 of a heart attack in his sleep. He had just returned from a 10-day trip in South Africa with Nelson Mandela.