The Triple Threat Tour starring rhythm and blues and pop music sensation Johnny Gill and co-headliners Bell Biv DeVoe and Keith Sweat is scheduled to perform Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace.
Gill continues to top an exceptional year with his multiplatinum self-titled album, earning two Grammy Award nominations: "Best R & B Vocal Performance, Male" and "Best Rhythm and Blues Song" for the single "My, My, My." The American Music Awards honored Gill with a "Favorite New Artist, Soul/R & B" nomination.Gill, who grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Baptist minister in a gospel-singing family, was just starting his solo career a few years ago when he was asked to join New Edition to replace Bobby Brown. Signed by rejuvenated Motown Records, his debut album, "Johnny Gill," has benefited from the production savvy and marketing clout of the two hottest production and composing teams of the past three years: L.A. and Babyface and Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam.
Gill says these creative forces aspired to make more than music. They wanted "to make history."
At age 8, Gill began singing in a gospel quartet with his three bothers. He sang every day, just for the joy - and the reaction. His music interest expanded into pop music. Years later, when he joined the New Edition and sang lead on two of the group's finest songs, "Can You Stand the Rain" and "Boys to Men," his stardom rose.
Giving credit to God for his voice, Gill believes he is picking up the mantle of Marvin Gaye and carrying it gracefully into a new era.
All seats for the show are $22.50. Tickets are available at the Salt Palace box office (363-7861) or all Smith'sTix outlets.