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Born: Albert Joseph Brown III, June 4th, 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Al B. Sure! is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter and Producer.
As a child, Al B. Sure! was introduced to the entertainment business by way of famed songwriter, Ellie Greenwich (writer of the 60's smash, Do Run, Run). At Ten years old Ellie invited Al to participate in the creation of the theme song for Sesame Place Parks; the theme parks inspired by the PBS children's show Sesame Street. Obviously the music never left his system. His debut album, In Effect Mode, sold over two million copies. The double platinum-plus effort climbed the charts to the #1 position on Billboard's R&B chart for an astounding seven straight weeks. Quincy Jones selected Al as the winner of the Sony Innovator Talent Search in a blindfold contest. Subsequently, Al would go on to work with Q on the gold single, Secret Garden, from Quincy's Back on the Block, double platinum album. Accompanying Al on this groundbreaking quartet were Mr. Barry White, El Debarge, and James Ingram.
Al B. Sure! continued to create an extraordinary presence on the music scene, validated by numerous awards including Grammy nominations, an American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist, several Soul Train Awards, several New York Music Awards, over 30 ASCAP Awards for writing and composition performance. As a writer/producer Al has generated some of todays most inspired and innovative music. Al's discoveries and production on several of today's major multi-platinum selling artists launched Al as one of the premier and decorative producer/songwriters in the industry.
Al's production has also contributed to the multi-platinum status of the soundtracks for Boyz-N-the Hood, Jason's Lyric, New Jack City, and New York Undercover. Al's production also consisted of work with such major talents as David Bowie, Al Green, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, Faith Evans, 112, Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, Eric B. & Rahkim, Eddie Murphy, Michael McDonald, Shanice Wilson, Heavy D & the Boyz, Eddie F, and Johnny Gill, among others.
Al has made numerous talk show appearances including the Oprah Winfrey Show, The David Letterman Show, Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Arsenio Hall, Rolanda, Phil Donahue, NBC's Live at 5, and Good Morning LA. Al's performances include BET, the Apollo Theater, Soul Train show and awards, The Grammy's, and The American Music Awards and most major venues across the United States & abroad. Al assisted MTV in introducing its first R&B/Hip-Hop show on the Network by being the launch host of MTV Jams. Al's appearances include Will Smith's Fresh Prince show, Quincy Jones' Back on the Block movie/documentary, and ABC's Magic Johnson Special. Al also co-starred with Martin Lawrence in a pilot for a feature film entitled Private Times, directed by the late George Jackson (Director of New Jack City and Jason's Lyric), Doug McHenry and Stan Lathan. The star-studded cast included ER's Michael Michelle and Michael Wright of the movie The Five Heartbeats.
Al's brainchild, ABS Entertainment.net, Inc., is comprised of an independent record label, publishing arm, and a television development division. As CEO, Al's goal is to focus his experience and energies to seek out, discover, and launch tomorrow's superstar artists, producers, and songwriters and develop innovative ideas that would be interesting to today's fickle audiences in music & television. My greatest desire is to afford hungry, undiscovered, talented individuals, the same opportunities as I had in the music industry, states Al.
Though it would be hard to imagine that this kind of meteoric success could leave anyone unaffected, Al concedes one significant change a change for the better. My experience as an artist, producer, songwriter, and record executive has given me an intangible sensitivity to the needs of a budding, future superstar in every capacity of the industry, reflects Al. I recognize the blessing of expressing my life through the vehicle of song, the dependency of human emotion on every note, and my responsibility to provide the light at the end of the tunnel. I aim to create a desire to reach for the light by respecting the journey with constructive honesty, maintaining positivity, remaining innovative creatively & musically, and never leaving the studio until the job is done!
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