J Skillz EntertainmentThe enormous popularity of the BET miniseries The New Edition Story in 2017 led to The Bobby Brown Story the following year. Now, the oldest member of New Edition is ready for his own biopic.
Johnny Gill joined the group in 1987 when Bobby was kicked out, and he says everywhere he goes, people tell him they are waiting to see his life story.
“I was talking to Terry Lewis [Grammy winning producing partner of Jimmy Jam] the other day and he was just saying the same thing,” the “My, My My” singer tells ABC Audio. “I said I’m all for that. At some point we’ll do it.”
Johnny signed with Atlantic Records when he was 15 years old, and enjoyed a successful solo career before joining New Edition. He’s won two Soul Train Awards, and received two Grammy nominations.
Gill has one platinum and two gold albums, and he achieved a milestone with his latest release, Game Changer 2.
“I’ve done 37 years in this game and this is the first time I’ve had an album to debut at number one on Billboard…it’s that powerful,” he says.
JG is also branching out as an actor with the help of his close friend, Samuel L. Jackson. Sam recruited him for the role of Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of ’70s vocal group The Five Stairsteps, in the upcoming Spinning Gold biopic about famed music executive Neil Bogart.
Johnny will be swooning the ladies at his “Lovers & Friends” concert on Valentine’s Day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He signed New Edition’s Ralph Tresvant to a solo contract on his J Skillz label, and they will perform together March 6 in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and March 7 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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