Jon B & Jagged Edge at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
August 10, 2012
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $26.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show
Jon B's career in music took off right from the start with his platinum-selling debut Bonafide (1995), which was particularly notable for "Someone to Love," a duet with Babyface. The track hit No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. His follow-up release Cool Relax (1998) also went platinum, shooting to the Top 5 of the R&B charts on the strength of the hit singles "They Don't Know," "Are U Still Down," and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)." Pleasures U Like, his 2001 effort, was also a runaway success, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B charts and featuring the love-at-first-club-sighting anthem "Don't Talk."
B's subtle command of the R&B scene has continued throughout the last decade. Many of his fans considered 2004's Stronger Everyday his best work to date at the time of its release, and the self-produced Helpless Romantic (2008) saw B return to his soul roots, honing his songwriting skills. Earlier this year, B released his latest album, Comfortable Swag. The disc, which features the singles "Body Language" and "After the Party," is a journey through what is it to be a family man in an industry that doesn't celebrate monogamy. "I'm changing with the times and I am a grown man that knows about love, and I'm not afraid to express it," B declares. "It's one thing to talk a good game saying you got swagger, but it's another to make people feel comfortable and inspired ... that's Comfortable Swagg!"
Jagged Edge (made up of twin lead singers Brian Casey, Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman, and Richard Wingo) began their mainstream recording career in 1998 with A Jagged Era, which went Gold and featured the hit singles "I Gotta Be" and "The Way that You Talk." Following this debut, the group released its breakthrough effort, J.E. Heartbreak, in 2000. The album went Double Platinum and featured the hit singles "Let's Get Married," "He Can't Love You," and the No. 1 hit single "Promise." The group's next three releases all spawned huge hit singles as well: Jagged Little Thrill (2001) featured "Where the Party At," Hard (2003) included "Walked Outta Heaven," and the group's 2006 self-titled disc featured "Good Luck Charm."
Jagged Edge has been nominated for several American Music Awards, BET Awards, and Grammy Awards, and the group won two Soul Train Awards, in 2001 for Best R&B/Soul Album for J.E. Heartbreak and Best R&B/Soul single for "Let's Get Married." In recent years, the group signed briefly with Def Jam and released Baby Makin' Project in 2007 before taking a hiatus and eventually signing with Slip-N-Slide Records, on which the crew released its latest disc, The Remedy, in June 2011. A solid body of work, the album openly expresses the trials of life in addition to the sweetness both revenge and love have to offer.