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I Commit to Love

Howard Hewett

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Album Review

Howard Hewett made a smooth transition from being a member of the trio Shalamar to becoming a bona fide solo artist. His first single to hit the Billboard R&B charts was the romantically enchanting "I'm for Real." Too fast to be a ballad and not fast enough to be a jam, Hewett still captivated radio and his audience with this moderate number. The Ohio native glides from his lacerating tenor to his striking falsetto highs supported by cogent backing vocals. The classic piece peaked at number two on the charts. The single "Stay" has a crossover appeal, but it never made a dent in the pop charts. It is not half as impressive as "I'm for Real." However, it did manage to show at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts. "I Commit to Love" falls short as well. It too is saturated with pop seasonings. Nonetheless, it tipped in at number 12 on the Billboard R&B charts. The final release was the inspirational selection "Say Amen," which is Hewett's personal testimony of being given a second chance after his battle with life's various vices. It has become an anthem for many. Inside ten weeks, it peaked at number 54. The shortcoming on this album is the material. As Hewett can deliver on the vocals, the songs do nothing for his talent as they lack excitement and mesmerizing melodies; the two elements commonly associated with his great voice.

Customer Reviews

It's about time!!!!

I commit to love is finally on iTunes. This is Howard Hewett's first solo joint,and it is GREAT! From "I'm for real" to " Say amen" this is one solid CD. Now if we can get his other CD's on iTunes.....

Thank You ITunes!

This is such a great album, and has not gotten the acclaim it deserves. Thanks for finally making it available for the real Howard Hewett fans!

Where have you been..

After years and years of waiting for this album to go on iTunes, they finally did it. This is Howard Hewett at his finest. "I'm for Real" is one of my all time ballads. Thank you iTunes for FINALLY making this available.

Biography

Born: October 1, 1955 in Akron, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Among the great pure vocalists of the urban contemporary era, Howard Hewett has seldom found material worthy of his tremendous skills. He grew up in Akron, Ohio and relocated to Los Angeles. Hewett danced on Soul Train, and became one-third of Shalamar with Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley in 1979. They had several big hits before Hewett departed for a solo career in 1985. He signed with Elektra, and his second single, "I'm for Real," was a number two R&B hit in 1986. The follow-up single, "Stay,"...
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I Commit to Love, Howard Hewett
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Oct 21, 1986

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