Keith Sweat was born in 1961 in Harlem, New York. In 1975, Sweat got his start in music with a Harlem band called 'Jamilah.' The group toured the Tri-State area and helped hone Sweat's singing abilities.
Signed to Elektra Records, Sweat made it big in 1987 with his album Make It Last Forever. The album went three times platinum and had several hit singles. 'Something Just Ain't Right,' the album's first single hit #3 on the R&B charts and the album's title track made it to #2 on the charts. 'I Want Her' was the album's biggest hit, reaching #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the Hot 100. The album's final single, 'Don't Stop Your Love' hit #9 on the R&B lists.
In 1990, Sweat released I'll Give All My Love To You, which managed to go double platinum. 'Merry Go Round,' the album's first single managed to start things on the right track as it reached #2 on the R&B charts. With 'Make You Sweat,' Sweat had his second #1 hit, topping the R&B charts. The album's title track became the third R&B #1 hit for Sweat.
The following year, Keep It Comin' was released and managed to hit platinum status. The album only really had one hit single with 'Why Me Baby' which managed to hit #2 on the R&B charts.
Sweat released his fourth album in 1994 titled Get Up On It. The album managed to go platinum but lacked any tremendous singles to drive it any further on the charts.
Sweat reached his peak with his self-titled album Keith Sweat in 1996. The album went 4X platinum and featured back-to-back #1 R&B singles with 'Twisted' and 'Nobody'.
Continuing his trend, Sweat released the album Still In The Game in 1998 and it quickly went platinum. The album featured two moderate hits with 'Come and Get With Me' which hit #6 on the R&B charts and 'I'm Not Ready' which reached #12 on the R&B charts.
With the turn of the century, Sweat's musical success has fallen. His 2000 album, Didn't See Me Coming, and his 2002 release Rebirth didn't perform well with only the former managing gold status. He is reportedly finished with a new album The Sweat Hotel but it hasn't been released yet.