Freddie Jackson is one of the biggest stars to dominate the R&B charts seemingly at will in the late '80s and early '90s. Known for his sophisticated, romantic soul ballads aimed at adult audiences, he is also capable of tackling urban contemporary dance fare and even the occasional jazz tune. Like so many soul stars, Jackson was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. During the early '80s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band Mystic Merlin, but he soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company.
In 1985, Jackson landed a record deal with Capitol Records and issued his debut album Rock Me Tonight. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. With "You Are My Lady," "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)," and "Love is Just a Touch Away" all hitting the R&B Top 10, Rock Me Tonight topped the R&B album charts and went Platinum. Jackson wasted no time issuing his follow-up set Just Like the First Time in 1986, on the heels of a No. 1 R&B duet with Melba Moore, "A Little Bit More" (from her album A Lot of Love). Another Platinum seller, Just Like the First Time continued Jackson's incredible dominance of the R&B singles charts with hits like "Tasty Love," "Have You Ever Loved Somebody," "Jam Tonight," and "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love."
Jackson's success continued through the end of the '80s and into the '90s, as hits like "Nice and Slow," "Hey Lover," and "Love Me Down" continued the romantic magic Jackson first created in the '80s. That magic continues today. With recent releases like 2006's Transitions, which featured the hits "Until the End of Time" and "More than Friends", and 2010's For You, the legendary voice that produced almost a dozen No. 1 singles and several Gold and Platinum records continues to enchant audiences across the country.
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