*Los Angeles — Notifi Records Chairwoman Ira Dewitt is pleased to announce the signing of R&B legend Johnny Gill to her 3 year old St. Louis based label.
Gill is set to release his first CD in over 16 years in 2011. Gill joins Ginuwine, the first gentleman of Notifi who is in the studio recording his second CD for the label.
Both CDs will be distributed as part of Notifi’s new distribution pact with Ron Spaulding’s Fontana Universal.
“I’m honored and excited about our new association with Johnny Gill. I’ve always been a great admirer of his work going back to his days with Stacy Lattisaw, New Edition and LSG. I’m thrilled to be able to work with him as he continues the journey he started as a solo star 16 years ago. The time is long overdue for the world to reconnect with one of the greatest R&B voices of all times,” said Dewitt.
Gill is already ensconced in a Los Angeles studio finishing up his Notifi Records debut with some of the top producers working today.
Having begun his rise to R&B sainthood as a pre-teen performing with teen idol Stacy Lattisaw, Gill enjoyed tremendous success as part of seminal R&B boy band New Edition replacing Bobby Brown. With Gill as it’s leader, the group developed a more mature mainstream sound with hits like “Can You Stand The Rain, N.E. Heartbreak, and the Gill lead “Boys To Men.” Gill became a huge solo star in 1990 with the release of Johnny Gill which spawned classic chart toppers; “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way” and “Fairweather Friend.” Gill went on to do several more records and massive tours as part of New Edition. Gill also joined up with fellow R&B crooners Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert for LSG. Together they produced two multi-platinum CD’s, Levert-Sweat-Gill and LSG2. Recently Gill has been a popular fixture as a live performer and on stage.
In the short span of three years Ira Detwitt has firmly established herself as a top female CEO and Notifi as one of the most enviable independent label’s in the music industry. The first single the label ever released, Ginuwine’s “Last Chance” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot R&B and Hip Hop Singles Chart, while the label’s first CD release, Ginuwine’s A Man’s Thoughts debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Album’s Chart and # 9 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Dewitt intends to replicate her success with Ginuwine and firmly re-establish Gill as a top international recording star. For more information about Gill, Ginuwine and Notifi Records, follow them on the internet at: