Howard Hewett has been one of the most influential and consistent voices of the past three decades. Whether in a group setting, a guest vocalist or as a solo artist, Hewett’s recognizable virtually irresistible voice has wrapped itself around materials of various quality, turning good songs into great records…and great records into lifetime standards.
Howard began his musical roots in Akron, Ohio where at the age of 10, he sang with his sisters in a family gospel group called the Hewett Singers. At the age of 15, Hewett, along with some school buddies formed a top 40 R&B Funk Group called LYFE. In 1976, he relocated to Los Angeles. Not long after arriving in LA, he connected with John and Alonzo Daniels who owned a legendary night spot in the LA Crenshaw District called Mavericks Flat. John Daniels also showcased groups in his club one of which was called Beverly Hills. From 1977 to 1979, Hewett toured overseas with this group performing in front of audiences throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the UK… Read more
In 1980, Howard became one-third of Shalamar with Jeffrey Daniels and Jody Watley. Shalamar had hits such as, “A Night to Remember”, “For the Lover in you”,” Make that Move” and” Second Time Around” to name a few.
Hewett departed for a solo career in 1985. He signed with Elektra and his first single, “I’m for Real,” was a top five hit on the Billboard R &B charts in 1986. The follow-up single, “Stay,” also made the Top Ten, while “I Commit to Love,” in 1987 reached number 12. Hewett also co-wrote and produced his inspirational composition “Say Amen, “which remains one of his signature songs.
Hewett continued with on Elektra through the mid ’80’s and through the early ’90’s garnering hits such as “Strange Relationship”, Once twice three times, “Show Me”. His list of albums consist of “I Commit To Love”, “Forever and Ever” “Howard Hewett”, Its Time,” “Allegiance” ”The Journey” “Intimates: Greatest Hits” and “If Only”, not to mention cutting duets with Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Stacy Latisaw, Roberta Flack, and Tina Marie.
He also became busy as a writer, producer, and session vocalist. Appearing on projects with George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Brian Culbertson, Joe Sample, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, just to name a few.
Hewett has also participated in major motion picture soundtracks like Foot Loose, 5 Heart Beats and receiving a Grammy for Don’t get “Stopped in Beverly Hills“ from the Beverly Hills Cop movie sound track.
Howard is currently working on his new album. His new single which is available on ITunes, Google play and Amazon is a real departure for him but with elements of both soul and country, this love ballad “You Still Live Inside of Me” is a beautiful progression for Howard and is a song that many his many fans should love.
Biography courtesy of Lori Roane
01 – Howard Hewett – Better Guy (Single, 2014)
02 – Howard Hewett – This Christmas (Christmas, 2008/2014)
03 – Howard Hewett – Baby It’s Cold Outside (Christmas, 2008/2014)
04 – Howard Hewett – That’s Christmas (Christmas, 2008/2014)
05 – Howard Hewett – Silent Night (Christmas, 2008/2014)
06 – Nat King Cole – O Holy Night (The Magic Of Christmas, 1960)
Background music during the interview:
Stephanie Mills – White Christmas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Deck The Halls / Bring A Torch, Freddie Jackson – Christmas Forever,Howard Hewett – Sleigh Ride,Howard Hewett – Christmas On Sunset, The Trammps – Disco Inferno, LTD – Love ballad, Howard Hewett – Christmas Time