Sweat is responsible for the release of a total of thirteen studio albums, some of which are “Make It Last Forever” (1987), “Keith Sweat” (1996), “Rebirth” (2002), and “Playing For Keeps” (2004). (2018).
Hit singles such as “I Want Her,” “Make You Sweat,” “Twisted” (featuring Kut Klose and Pretty Russ), “Nobody” (featuring Athena Cage of Kut Klose), and “Come and Get with Me” have helped Keith earn certifications of Platinum or higher for six of his albums. In addition, Keith is known for his work on albums that have been certified Platinum or higher (featuring Snoop Dogg).
Men at Large, Dru Hill, The Isley Brothers, Immature, The O’Jays, Ol’ Skool, and Chantay Savage are some of the artists whose music has been produced by Sweat. In addition to that, he has appeared as a guest star on the television shows “Martin” (1997) and “The Wayans Bros.” (1997), as well as in the motion pictures “New Jack City” (1991), “Pastor Brown” (2009), and “Love Magical” (2018). In 2008, Keith became the host of “The Sweat Hotel,” a radio show that was syndicated nationally, and in 2013, he wrote the book “Make It Last Forever: The Dos and Don’ts.”
In the Beginning
Keith Sweat was given the name Keith Douglas Sweat when he was born on July 22, 1961, in the neighborhood of Harlem in the city of New York. Juanita Thompson, his mother, worked as a hairdresser, and Charles Sweat, his father, worked at a factory.
He was named after his father. Juanita was a single mother until Charles passed away in 1973, at which point she became the primary caregiver for Keith and his four other siblings. During his time as a student at City College, Sweat held a part-time job as a night stock boy at Macy’s, and he spent his weekends performing with a band known as Jamilah.
Later on, he found employment in the mail department of the brokerage firm Paine Webber, and within a span of four years, he was promoted to the position of brokerage assistant at the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, Keith held a managerial position at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Sweat appeared on stage in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey while performing with Jamilah as the band’s lead singer. In 1984, he quit the band to pursue a solo career and recorded a few songs with the indie label Stadium Records. Stadium Records released those songs.
In 1987, Keith secured a recording contract with Vintertainment Records, and in November of that same year, he released his first studio album, titled “Make It Last Forever.” The album was certified three times platinum, peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 chart, and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Additionally, the single “I Want Her” topped the chart for the most popular R&B/hip-hop songs.
Sweat followed the success of his debut album with three more albums that all debuted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart: “I’ll Give All My Love to You” (1990), “Keep It Comin'” (1991), and “Get Up on It” (1994). All three of these albums were certified platinum. Around the same period, he came across the band Silk and Kut Klose for the first time.
The year 1996 marked the release of Keith’s most commercially successful album, titled “Keith Sweat.” The album was certified four-times platinum, and it topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the “Billboard” 200 charts, respectively. Both his sixth album, “Still in the Game,” released in 1998, and his seventh album, “Didn’t See Me Coming,” released in 2000, were awarded the Platinum and Gold certifications, respectively.
The six albums that Sweat has released since “Didn’t See Me Coming” have not achieved Gold or Platinum status; nevertheless, Sweat’s album “Just Me” debuted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and entered the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2008. On the chart that ranks the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, “Ridin’ Solo” (2010), “Til the Morning” (2011), and “Dress to Impress” (2016) all made it into the top 10 at some point.
The year 2018 saw the release of both the album “Playing For Keeps” by Keith as well as the songs “How Many Ways” (with K-Ci) and “Boomerang” (featuring Candace Price). Additionally, he has distributed the live albums “Keith Sweat Live” (2003) and “Sweat Hotel Live” (2007). Additionally, he worked in tandem with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill on the studio albums “Levert.Sweat.Gill” (1997) and “LSG2” (2003). In July of 2021, Sweat competed against Bobby Brown on the game “Verzuz,” during which he played a number of Brown’s hit songs.
Sweat wed Lisa Wu in 1992, and she went on to star in the reality television series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Before being divorced in 2002, Keith and Lisa were blessed with two sons: Jordan (born in 1995) and Justin (born in 1998). In addition, Sweat is the father of four children: daughters called Keisha, Keia, and Amaya, as well as a son named Joshua.
Later on in his career, unfortunately, Keith ran into a number of different financial problems. In 2012, PMI Mortgage filed a lawsuit against Sweat because he had failed to make payments on a home located in Detroit. The lawsuit claims that he is responsible for defaulting on a mortgage payment of 450 thousand dollars. The bank exercised its legal right to foreclose on the property and then sold it.
Still outstanding to the bank after the sale was completed was more than $200,000 in total. The mortgage company was granted a total of $253,000 in damages and even went so far as to sue Sweat in order to garnish his earnings and obtain a lien on his other assets. In the end, the mortgage firm was successful.
Awards and Candidate Consideration
Sweat has been nominated for a total of four American Music Awards, ultimately taking home the trophy for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist in 1997. In addition, he was considered for the award in the years 1991 and 1998, and in 1989, his album “Make It Last Forever” was considered for the award in the category of Favorite Soul/R&B Album. At the Soul Train Awards in 2013,
Keith was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many accomplishments. He has been nominated for eight additional Soul Train Awards, including the following: Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year for “I Want Her” (1989), Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Single – Male for “Make It Last Forever” (1989), Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year – Male for “I’ll Give All My Love to You” (1991), R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Male for “Get Up On It (1999).
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Keith Sweat is an American singer of R&B and soul music, as well as a songwriter, record producer, radio host, and book. His net worth is estimated to be in the range of $250,000.