Al B Sure
Al B. Sure! (Albert Joseph Brown III, b.June 4, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. During the late 1980s, Al B. Sure! enjoyed a brief run as one of New Jack Swing's most popular romantic singers and producers.
Brown was a star football quarterback in high school,and he turned down a scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a career in music. In 1987, Quincy Jones selected him as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. Subsequently, Al would go on to work with Jones on several projects, most notably the platinum single "Secret Garden" from Jones' double platinum album Back on the Block. On this recording Al was one of a quartet with Barry White, El DeBarge, and James Ingram.
His solo debut album from 1988, In Effect Mode, sold more than two million copies, topping the Billboard R&B chart for seven straight weeks. The album included his memorable "Nite and Day" single. Al received numerous Grammy and American Music Award nominations, and won an AMA for Best New R&B Artist. He also received several Soul Train Award nominations, and won the award for Best New Artist.
As a writer and producer, Al introduced the multi-platinum group Jodeci and teen R&B performer Tevin Campbell (also one of Quincy Jones's former protÃ©gÃ©s), as well as Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music scene.
In 1991, Al co-starred with Martin Lawrence in a television pilot titled Private Times. Other cast members included ER's Michael Michele and The Five Heartbeats' Michael Wright. Al's various talk show appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Arsenio Hall Show, Rolanda and Donahue. Al's television and acting performances include Showtime at the Apollo, Soul Train and The Soul Train Music Awards, the Grammys and the American Music Awards, Will Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel Air and ABC's Magic Johnson Special from Hawaii. Al also hosted MTV Jams.
In 2000, Al's ABS Entertainment launched a television development division, and he served as co-executive producer of the HBO Comedy Special starring Jamie Foxx, filmed at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California.
After a long absense, Al returned in 2009 with Honey I'm Home, his first release on the Hidden Beach label.