R&B and soul singer who helped create the fusion genre New Jack Swing. He has played with a variety of artists, including Silk.
He started his musical career in the 1975 band Jamilah.
His largest solo album, Make It Last Forever, sold three million copies.
He was the son of a factory worker and a hairdresser. He has three daughters and three sons. He was married to Lisa Wu Hartwell from 1992 until 2002, she is the mother of two of his sons.
He and LL Cool J collaborated on his 1991 song "Why Me Baby."