b. Brooklyn, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Artists such as for example Maxwell, D’Angelo, and R. Kelly demonstrated that the mix of sultry R&B and soft hip-hop (in addition to sex mark posturing) equalled big style chart success through the 90s, inadvertently assisting to pave just how for such likewise designed performers as Jimmy Cozier. Elevated in Brooklyn, NY, Cozier was raised around music, as his family members enjoyed performing and executing. Although he fell deeply in love with music young and understood he wished to pursue it significantly as a profession, Cozier in the beginning opted to become backing vocalist and songwriter for additional artists. It didn’t take Cozier lengthy to get takers for his tunes, as he penned songs for renowned performers such as for example Mya, Sinéadvertisement O’Connor, and Janet Jackson, furthermore to performing alongside Lil’ Kim and Joe. Ultimately however, Cozier made the decision enough time was to strike from his personal, which led to a gathering with Arista Information main Clive Davis (around the suggestion of Wyclef Jean, who experienced heard a demonstration tape). Davis instantly signed Cozier to some recording contract along with his recently formed J Information label, leading to the discharge of the designer’s self-titled debut in 2001. The recording included a stand-out duet with Alicia Secrets on ‘Mr. Guy’.