Released his fifth studio album, the highly acclaimed blackSUMMERS'night.
Released his comeback album BLACKsummers'night to massive acclaim.
Released his third album, Now, before embarking on a self-imposed seven year break from performing.
Released his second album, Embrya, which explored a more experimental sound.
Performed an "MTV Unplugged" concert at the request of the network, even though he had only produced one album.
Finally released his debut, Urban Hang Suite, after the project was shelved during a massive reorganization at his record label.
Began working with songwriter Leon Ware and guitarist Wah Wah Watson to produce his first album.
Signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.
Grew up in a deeply religious household but did not sing in the church choir. Other's only began to notice his notable singing voice when the congregation sang hymns.
Lost his father to a plane crash when he was three years old.
Began writing songs at age 17 with a cheap Casio keyboard.
Recorded a demo tape in his late teens and began playing regularly at nightclubs throughout New York City.
Took his stage name from his mother's maiden name.