Before he gained global notoriety as the last new member to join New Edition, Johnny Gill already had record deals at an early age and even had a few minor hits. Today, he's a bonafide solo star in his own right, and he celebrates his 49th birthday (May 22nd).

Johnny's recording career actually began in 1983 with childhood friend Stacy Lattisaw talking Gill into recording a demo and his HUGE voice quickly lead to a record deal and his first solo album. He would later team up with Lattisaw for the classic duet "Perfect Combination".

It would be a couple of years before Gill would join New Edition and continued the boy band's reign on the charts since Bobby Brown's departure. "Heartbreak" would become a MONSTER album for the group and with the addition of Gill, created more smash hits including the rainy day standard "Can You Stand The Rain".

Gill re-launched his solo career in the New Jack Swing era where he was in high demand. He released his self-titled album filled with JAMS like "My My My", "Rub You The Right Way" and "Fairweather Friend". He would record 2 more solo albums before rejoining New Edition for their final album together in 1996.

Then came the "supergroup" he formed with fellow balladeers Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert called "LSG". Their album "Levert.Sweat.Gill" went multi-platinum and delivered the hit "My Body".

Johnny Gill's career has seen its fair share of ups and downs but he continues to tour and make hits to this very day! I recommend checking out his story on TVOne's
"Unsung" if you haven't seen it. He's currently touring and doing sold out shows to this day and his latest single "Game Changer" is one of our top songs! We salute his amazing talent on his birthday today!