Howard Hewett – Interview

According to one Rolling Stone writer, Howard Hewett is the premier vocalist in the post – Marvin Gaye era of romantic pop. Like Gaye, Hewett soars to new heights and seduces his audience. It is no wonder he’s responsible for selling some ten million records; his voice is irresistible. Howard Hewett is one of the most talented soul singers of the past two decades. In group settings, as a guest vocalist and as a solo singer, Hewett’s virtually irresistible voice has wrapped itself around material of various quality turning good songs into great records and doing his best to save some of the lesser material with which he has sometimes been saddled as a solo artist. Hewett moved to Los Angeles and, after a period appearing on Soul Train, became a member of Shalamar, the centerpiece of Dick Griffey’s SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles) label. His mellifluous tenor voice mixed beautifully with the bright vocals of Jody Watley and the dancing skills of Jeffery Daniels made Shalamar a group to loved for all. Howard voice spell bounded listeners on top hits as The Second Time Around, Full of Fire, Dead Giveaway and A Night to Remember. In the mid-eighties, Howard’s solo career rocketed. The first single released on his own, “I’m For Real”, zoomed to number one. A series of hits followed, such as “Stay,” “I Commit to Love,” “Strange Relationship,” “Once, Twice, Three Times,” and “Show Me.” What’s more, his original “Say Amen” earned the status of a modern gospel classic, enjoying across the board airplay. And his recorded duets with Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Brenda Russell and Stacy Lattisaw won critical accolades. “Of all the fine singers working today,” artist/songwriter Babyface has said, “Howard Hewett is among the finest.”


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