Gone But Not Forgotten: Gerald Levert
July 13, 1966 - November 10, 2006
Gerald Levert's smooth yet robust vocals brought energy and emotion to even his most serene recordings.
Born into a musical family as the son of The O'Jays front man Eddie Levert, Gerald had a natural inclination to music that was furthered by traveling with his father's band. He formed the group LeVert with his younger brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon in 1983 and four of their seven albums went gold.
Gerald went solo in 1991 with his album, Private Line. Private Line hit #1 on the R&B charts. Gerald then collaborated with his father Eddie Levert with the song "Baby Hold On to Me" in 1992, which hit #1 on the R&B charts as well. Gerald Levert had quite a few follow-up hit singles, including a cover of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with Yolanda Adams.
Gerald Levert sang lead vocals on "Shotgun" and "Reach Out I'll Be There" for the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" about the legendary Funk Brothers in 2002.
In addition to performing and recording his own albums, Levert wrote and produced for many other artists including Teddy Pendergrass, James Ingram, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, The Winans, Troop, Barry Manilow and more. In 1997, Levert joined forces with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill to form supergroup LSG. Levert-Sweat-Gill sold over two million copies in 1997. Levert also performed with Chris Rock, Teena Marie, and Styles P. He dabbled in acting, performing as Charles Young on The Jamie Foxx Show, and also on The Parkers.
Levert was only 40 years old when he was found dead in his Cleveland, Ohio home in 2006. He was a father to three children, LeMicah, Camryn, and Carlysia. Not long after his death, he won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single, "In My Songs."