Hailed as the "new voice of ghetto soul" and acknowledged as the first act signed to NBA great Magic Johnson's Magic Johnson Music, Avant's style of modern soul owes heavily to R. Kelly. Recorded in Chicago, his 2000 debut release, My Thoughts, was produced by accomplished multi-instrumentalist Steve Huff. In 2002, a new album again featuring production from Steve Huff, Ecstasy, was released on Johnson's label. 2003's Private Room and 2006's Director followed; both albums spawned a clutch of Top 20 R&B singles. ~ Ed Hogan
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