Some people become artists because they seek fortune and fame. They believe that somehow performing, writing, and producing will bring them the accolades and acclaim they feel they've been missing. Then there are the people who have no choice in the matter - artistry has chosen them. Jon B is one of these rare individuals. He is the consummate artist. Unlike many of the posers who have attempted to lay claim to his niche, he is an accomplished musician and a noted songwriter and producer. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man's love for all things soul.
B's career in music took off right from the start with his platinum-selling debut Bonafide (1995), which was particularly notable for "Someone to Love," a duet with Babyface. The track hit No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. His follow-up release Cool Relax (1998) also went platinum, shooting to the Top 5 of the R&B charts on the strength of the hit singles "They Don't Know," "Are U Still Down," and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)." Pleasures U Like, his 2001 effort, was also a runaway success, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B charts and featuring the love-at-first-club-sighting anthem "Don't Talk."
B's subtle command of the R&B scene has continued throughout the last decade. Many of his fans considered 2004's Stronger Everyday his best work to date at the time of its release, and the self-produced Helpless Romantic (2008) saw B return to his soul roots, honing his songwriting skills. Earlier this month, B released his latest album, Comfortable Swag (2012). The disc, which features the singles "Body Language" and "After the Party," is a journey through what is it to be a family man in an industry that doesn't celebrate monogamy. "I'm changing with the times and I am a grown man that knows about love, and I'm not afraid to express it," B declares. "It's one thing to talk a good game saying you got swagger, but it's another to make people feel comfortable and inspired ... that's Comfortable Swagg!"
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