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Hailed because the “brand-new tone of voice of ghetto soul” as well as the initial act agreed upon to basketball great Magic Johnson’s Magic Johnson Music, Cleveland indigenous Avant (blessed Myron Avant) debuted in 1998 using the song “Separated,” released on Payton Entertainment — the label controlled by his manager, Eric Payton. The one received airplay on top-rated Chicago radio place WGCI ahead of being chosen for inclusion over the 1999 MCA compilation Summer months Heat. This established the stage for the May 2000 discharge of Avant’s debut record, My Thoughts, released on Johnson’s MJM label via MCA. A few months afterwards, “Separated” — aided by regular enjoy on BET as well as the Container — topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Music graph. A cover of René & Angela’s 1983 traditional “My First Appreciate,” offering KeKe Wyatt, reached the very best Five and helped boost My Thoughts’ recognition with enthusiasts of advanced R&B. Avant released three even more albums through MJM, which were written by Common and presented one major solitary. Ecstasy (2002) was propelled by “Makin’ Great Like,” the singer’s third TOP R&B solitary. The sprawling Personal Space (2003), weighed down by some substandard materials, nonetheless produced another TOP R&B strike in “Go through My Brain.” Movie director (2006) repeated the feat using the similarly successful “4 Mins.” Avant consequently authorized to Capitol — a move that didn’t impede his momentum. A self-titled recording (2008) peaked in the very best Ten from the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums graph, exactly like Avant’s 1st four albums, however he moved once again to Verve Forecast, where he released The Notice (2010). On Encounter the Music (2013), an EMI-distributed launch, he reunited with Wyatt, with whom he obtained another duet strike (“You & I”). The vocalist famous 15 years available using the VIII (2015), his seventh TOP R&B/HipHop hit.

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Full Name Avant
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording
Music Songs You & I, Makin' Good Love, Read Your Mind, Separated, Lie About Us, Don't Take Your Love Away, My First Love, When It Hurts, Don't Say No, Just Say Yes, 4 Minutes, You Know What, Wanna Be Close, Mr. Dream, This Is Your Night, Kiss Goodbye, 80 in a 30, Body Police, Break Ya Back, Phone Sex, One, Your Body Is the Business, You Got Me, Everything About You, One Way Street, Can't Wait, When It's Over, Heaven, Six in da Morning, Seems to Be, Private Room, Toast to Love, Don't Know How
Albums The VIII, The Letter, Avant, Director, Private Room, Ecstasy, My Thoughts, Face the Music, Best Of
Nominations Soul Train Music Centric Certified Award, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Male, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo

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1 R&B singer often confused with R.Kelly. Released Ecstasy in 2000.



Coach Carter 2005 as Myron Avant, "Read Your Mind" / performer: "Read Your Mind"
Shark Tale 2004 performer: "Can't Wait"
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 performer: "Your Precious Love"
Soul Food 2000 TV Series performer: "Separated" / writer: "Separated"



Love in the Nick of Tyme 2009 Video Dashon
One on One 2004 TV Series Avant
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 Dexter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002 TV Series Musical Guest
Soul Train 2000 TV Series Guest



2015 Soul Train Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself
21st Annual Trumpet Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Hot 50 of 2010 Countdown 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
Urban Life and Style 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004-2006 TV Series Himself / Musical Guest
The Tom Joyner Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Vibe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 2002-2003 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself

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