Entertainment industry Moguls, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, Andre’ Harrell and Eddie F collectively assisted in launching Al B Sure! as one of History’s most innovative writer, producer, recording artists in the Business of Music and Entertainment today! Al B Sure!’s history in the entertainment industry spans over two decades. Most recently, Al B! celebrated the 22nd anniversary of his Billboard certified, double-platinum + debut album release of “In Effect Mode” by releasing a fourth personal titled “Honey I’m Home” distributed by Universal Music Group. In addition, ABS! also released a historic compilation of his #1 R&B hits, as well as the “fan favorite” tunes from years past with “The Very Best of Al B Sure!”… Read more
It all began with Al B!’s debut Musical effort “In Effect Mode.” The Album launched him to the top of Billboards R&B charts, resting at the #1 position on the R&B chart for an astounding seven (7) straight weeks. Subsequently in 1987, Music Mogul, Quincy Jones selected Al B! as the first winner of the “Sony Innovators” Talent Search in a blindfold contest. Subsequent, Al B! would go on to work with “Q” on several projects from the Movie “Listen Up” to most notably, the Platinum Single “Secret Garden” from “Q’s” Back on the Block, Multi-Platinum soundtrack. Accompanying Al B! on this groundbreaking quartet; the late, great, Maestro Mr. Barry White, El Debarge and James Ingram produced by the legend himself and now Al B!’s God Father Quincy Jones.
Al B Sure! continued to create an extraordinary presence in the Entertainment industry validated by numerous awards including a Grammy nomination in the category of “best single” in the company of Eric Clapton, Prince & Luther Vandross, and an American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist. Al B! also received multiple Soul Train Award nominations and the Soul Train Award for Best New Artist; Several New York Music Awards & more than Thirty-Five (35) ASCAP Awards for writing and composition performance. Due to enormous personal success as a recording artist, writer & producer it was a natural transition to take on the prestigious role of VP of A&R for Motown Records & President of A.B.S.olute Productions.
As a Writer & Producer, Al B! has generated some of today’s most inspired and innovative music, including his Music Industry introduction of the Multi-Platinum group “JODECI” …Following in the footsteps of his mentor “Q,” Al B!’s introduction of “JODECI” and Production on their Multi-Platinum debut launched Al B Sure! as one of the premier and decorated producer/songwriters in the history of the music business, Al B!’s outstanding ability for discovering and identifying unique, natural talent led him to employ a young undiscovered talent by the name of Chris Rock to be his opening act on his first ever tour. Again with a keen eye and ear he also found a young, beautiful, church-attending song-stress who Al B! Instantaneously employed as his production demo singer after hearing her Instrument Like vocal chords and Nicknamed her “The Dr.” she will always be known to most as P-Diddy’s, First Lady of Bad Boy Records, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist “Faith Evans”. Al B!’s production team also launched the likes of vocalists Dave Hollister, Case Woodard, Usher Raymond & Tevin Campbell to name a few. ABS! Is also featured in Usher’s VH-1“Driven special, a documentary on Usher, an introspective look into his life and the beginnings with Al B! & P Diddy’s guidance into the launch of his debut CD. Over the years the Hip-Hop culture has embraced ABS! by either sampling or remaking more than 20 of the peoples street favorite select compositions from his melodic catalogue. Most recently Al B! teamed up with Brooklyn’s own Duo Live & “Spit Game Super Star” Fabolous for a remake of Al B!’s #1 Niter & Day Smashing Pumpkins and turned it into a “Princess.”
In 2002, Al B! entered the world of Television with a splash by Co Executive Producing the Jamie Foxx HBO Comedy Special, “I Might Need Security” along with Marcus King, Gary Reeves, Ehrich Van Lowe & Foxx. The special featured the comedic genius of the Oscar award winning actor and was filmed @ The historical Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California.
Earlier in the year ABS! lent his talents as a “Music Industry Expert” to Tribunes, KTLA’s special coverage of the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. In 2007 Sure! hosted the pre-show for the American Music Awards and had a guest role in the CodeBlack /Universal DVD, “The HIT,” starring Blair Underwood.
Later Al B! launched a new, romantic music intense, celebrity filled, syndicated evening radio show titled “Secret Garden Radio” syndicated through ABC Radio Network (60+ stations domestically & 170 countries via The Armed Forces Network!) Al B!’s vision for “Secret Garden Radio” was to take a journey into the souls of the listener, supplying non-stop blazing hot, romantic, current & classic Soulful Music including weekly visits from Celebrity Guests & Intriguing personalities from every genre’ of the Music, Sports, TV & Film industries www.albsure.net/airchecks
In 2008, Al B. Sure! Narrated the 1st season of TV One’s most popular music bio series “Unsung.” Most recently, B Sure! hosted the Mid-day shift at Clear Channel Communications, Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles and currently hosts the national www.SlowJams.com Morning show seven days per week.
Al B! also wears the hat of concert promoter when he launched the first in the series of Al B. Sure! R&B Live concerts featuring Tyrese, Tank Ginuwine, 112 and Avant, Lil B.Sure! & special guest Jamie Foxx (Greek Theater) and the 2nd featuring GUY, Johnny Gill & Tony! Toni! Tone! (Nokia Theater LA Live) both promoted and hosted by ABS! The Latest Touring Venture consists of The Secret Garden Rendezvous “Grown & Sexy” tour feat Al B. Sure!, Bobby Brown & Christopher Williams beginning in May 2010
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01 – Al B.Sure – Kick In The Head (Sexy Versus, 1992)
02 – Al B.Sure – I Love It (Papi Aye, Aye, Aye) (Honey I”m Home, 2009)
03 – Al B.Sure – All I Wanna Do (Honey I”m Home, 2009)
04 – Al B.Sure – Whatcha Got? (Honey I”m Home, 2009)
Background music during the interview:
Quincy Jones – Secret Garden (Sweet Seductive Suite), Al B.Sure feat. Diana Ross – No Matter What You Do, Al B.Sure – Dedicate My All, Al B.Sure – Only You, Guy – Teddy”s Jam (Original), Heavy D & The Boyz – We Got Our Own Thang, Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair, Al B.Sure – I”m Glad, Al B.Sure – Top Of Your Lungs, Al B.Sure – For Life