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Gerald Levert Biography

  • Profession: Featured Music, Songwriter, Actor
  • Born: Jul 13, 1966
  • Died: Nov 10, 2006

Gerald Levert, son of the [[Performer~P448150~O'Jays~theojays]] vocalist [[Performer~P369304~Eddie Levert~eddielevert]] and an immensely talented rhythm and blues singer in his own right, first launched himself onto the charts in the mid-'80s, as a member (alongside his brother, [[Performer~P362042~Sean Levert~seanlevert]], and a childhood buddy, Marc Gordon) of the R&B trio LeVert. That ensemble signed with the indie Tempre label around 1986, and issued the single "I'm Still," which encouraged Atlantic Records to sign the men as a group the following year. [[Performer~P578587~Levert~levert]] went solo on the East West label in 1991, promoting a hot, raw, and suggestive style, and a number of critically acclaimed LPs followed, including {^Private Line} (1991), {^Father and Son} (1995), {^Groove On} (1995), {^Love and Consequences} (1998), {^The G Spot} (2002), and {^Do I Speak for the World} (2004).

[[Performer~P578587~Levert~levert]] made a scant few contributions to film soundtracks, including [[Feature~V10523~Coming to America~comingtoamerica]] (1988) and [[Feature~V34906~New Jack City~newjackcity]] (1991). He also appears in a documentary about the Funk Brothers, [[Feature~V265264~Standing in the Shadows of Motown~standingintheshadowsofmotown]] (2002). Gerald Levert died of unspecified causes, in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, on November 10, 2006. He was only 40 years old. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi