Celebrating Black Music Month: Trendsetting R&B Male Groups: Silk

Continuing our celebration of Black Music Month, this week Singersroom digs into the 90’s vault for the best and most memorable R&B male artists and groups. From Jodeci to Silk and Brian McKnight to Usher, discover what made these artists hot and find out what they are up to today. Silk – “Freak Me” Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989, Silk, a group of friends Gary Glenn, Jonathen Rasboro, Timothy Cameron, Jimmy Gates and Gary Jenkins with the aid of Keith Sweat quickly rose to become of the most formidable R&B male groups of the 90’s. With the release of their first album, Loose Control in1992, Silk seemed to fit right in the middle of the burgeoning R&B male group phenomenon, on one side Boyz II Men seemed squeaky clean with a slight air of New Jack Swing on Motown Philly, and on the other side Jodeci was shedding light on Hip-Hop Soul. For Silk, it seemed more about the music, the soul, and the romance rather than the party which later proved to be a winning formula for the group. It was not until Silk released it’s second single “Freak Me” that the group became a household name. “Freak Me” became the group’s first and only #1 hit spiraling up the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts. The single had everyone talking because of it’s sexually provocative lyrics however, the formula worked for the group who went on to release two more top ten R&B hits including “Lose Control” and “Girl U For Me.” Throughout the 90’s Silk continued to bring their formula of R&B to the forefront. Later dubbed “baby-making music,”the group released a string of hits including “Meeting In My Bedroom,” “Hooked On You,” “If You (Lovin’ Me),” and “I Can Go Deep” which all made strides on the R&B charts. Staying true to soulful and smooth “baby-making music” Silk was and is one of the few R&B Male Groups who have remained together and consistent over the years influencing today’s top groups including Jagged Edge who recently released an album entitled “Baby Making Music,” 112, and One Chance. Today: With over 14 years in the business and six studio albums, Silk still performs regularly. The groups last album,“Always and Forever,” a cover of classic R&B songs was released in 2006. Silk is rumored to be working on a new album in celebration of their 15th Anniversary, due later this year.


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