"There was something about the album that
was beyond my control," said four-time Grammy Award nominated Johnny Gill about his newest solo album release "Game
Changer." "The people involved, hands down, brought their A-game."
Johnny Gill's "Game Changer" features New Edition and Babyface,
and is released on his own imprint J Skillz Records. Gill has a signature sound and style which you can hear clearly on his
hit singles "My, My, My" and "Rub You the Right Way." "Game Changer" offers 12 songs and the
first single, "Behind Closed Doors," is already gaining radio airplay.
"I really do believe it was time," he said sincerely when he talked
about why he went back into the studio for this project. "Things happen when it is supposed to...I think it's my best
started singing seriously back when he was in high school and a member of his family's singing group in church. It was at
the suggestion of a childhood friend, Stacy Lattisaw, that the Washington, DC native recorded a demo. The demo ended up in
the hands of the president of Atlantic Records and as they say - the rest is history.
Gill released his self-titled debut album in 1983, as well as
a duet with Stacy Lattisaw titled "Perfect Combination." In 1987 he was recruited by Michael Bivins of New Edition
to join the group. That union resulted in the hit singles "Can You Stand the Rain" and "If It Isn't Love."
In 1990 he released another self titled album which included the hit singles "My, My, My" and "Rub You the
Right Way" - the album went platinum. In 1997 he joined the group LSG with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat. Their album
release, "Levert, Sweat, Gill," achieved muli-platinum status.
Aside from the Grammy nominations Johnny Gill has won a Soul Train Award
and was honored by ASCAP R&S Awards with a Golden Note Award. He has appeared in television and film - from "Family
Matters" and "Cuts" to Madea Family Reunion. Gill has performed in the stage play "A Mother's Prayer"
with Robin Givens and Shirley Murdock, and is currently a member of Heads of State with Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant.
"I love what I do. This is what I was
put here to do," the R&B crooner said when asked what keeps him going. "You go through ups and downs...If this
is my calling it's not a question."
It seems Johnny Gill has learned how to reinvent himself. That ability and his Soulful R&B signature vocals, is why
he has carved his spot in the history books of American music culture.
Marcus Scribner starts
his career off with a bang with an Image Award nomination for starring in ABC's ‘Black-ish'
A little over four years ago Marcus Scribner ("Castle") decided to act and the 15 year-old has started his career
off with a bang with an NAACP Image Award nomination for starring in ABC's "Black-ish" as the son of Anthony Anderson
(Andre "Dre" Johnson) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow Johnson), and the brother of Yara Shahidi (Zoey Johnson), Miles
Brown (Jack Johnson) and Marsai Martin (Diane Johnson). Academy Award nominated Laurence Fishburne (CSI: Crimes Scene Investigation")
plays Pops the father of Andre Johnson, his characters' dad.
The sitcom is executive produced by Anderson ("Law and Order") and Tony Award winner
Laurence Fishburne. It was picked up for 24 episodes, and its September 24, 2014 premiere episode attracted 10.8 million viewers.
"Black-ish" airs on Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c.
"I had not known any of the cast members," said Marcus, who plays Andre Johnson Jr., about
working with such iconic actors as Anderson (Transformers), Ross ("Girlfriends") - a BET and Image Award winner,
and Fishburne (Matrix). "We're in the 16th episode we're like one giant family. We treat each other like family, a tight
As an Image
Award nominee Scribner is in the same nominee that includes Boris Kodjoe (BET's "RHOH"), Glynn Turman (Showtime's
"House of Lies"), Fishburne (ABC's "Black-ish"), and Terry Crews (Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine").
"I was inside of the
hair trailer at the Black-ish studio," he said when asked where he was when he learned of the NAACP Image Award nomination.
"The whole trailer erupted. I didn't react... I was standing there with my jar wide open...it's a dream."
"Black-ish" was created by Kenya
Barris. It is narrated by Anthony Anderson and it follows Dre (Anderson), a family man, struggling to gain a sense of cultural
identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. It also stars Jenifer Lewis as
Dre Johnson's mother Ruby. Writers on the sitcom, aside from creator Barris, include Yvette Lee Bowser and Njeri Brown. Additional
executive producers include Brian Dobbins, Helen Sugland, Larry Wilmore, Paul Young, Peter Principato, and Tom Russo.