How much is Gerald Levert worth?
|Net Worth:||$5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 13, 1966|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Gerald Levert
Gerald was born into a musical family; his father is singer Eddie Levert, the lead singer of the legendary soul group the O’Jays. His brother was singer Sean Levert, who died March 30, 2008. Growing up around singers helped convince Gerald to take up a music career; he was still only in his late teens when he formed the vocal trio LeVert with his brother Sean and their friend Marc Gordon.
LeVert in the 1980s
As a trio, LeVert wound up releasing seven albums from the mid-1980s to early 1990s, four of which sold over a million copies. Among the group’s biggest hits were “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind” in 1986, 1987’s crossover smash “Casanova,” and the 1989 hit “Just Coolin’,” which featured rapper Heavy D. In the early ’90s, LeVert disbanded and Gerald pursued a solo career.
Solo in the 1990s
Gerald’s solo debut album, Private Line, came out in 1991 and featured a duet between Gerald and his father Eddie on the single “Baby Hold On to Me,” which reached No. 1 on the R&B; charts. Gerald was a prolific recording artist in the 1990s, releasing three solo albums, plus becoming (along with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill) a founding member of the vocal trio LSG (Levert, Sweat & Gill). The group’s debut album, which came out in 1997, sold over a million copies. Also in the 1990s, Gerald helped launch the careers of three Cleveland-area R&B; groups: The Rude Boys, Men at Large and 1 of the Girls.
Throughout the first half of the 2000s, Gerald recorded music for himself and others; he released solo albums each year from 2001-2005, plus another LSG album in 2003. He also performed on other artists’ albums, including comedian Chris Rock, Teena Marie and the rapper Styles P. On Nov. 10, 2006, he was found dead in his bed at his Newbury, Ohio home. Although it was initially reported that a heart attack may have been the cause, the local coroner eventually ruled that it was a potent mix of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Cause of Death
An autopsy revealed that at the time of his death, the drugs in his system included the pain relievers Vicodin, Percocet, and Darvocet, plus the anxiety medication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihistamines. The autopsy also revealed that Levert had pneumonia. The official cause of death was ruled acute intoxication and the death was ruled accidental. Gerald was 40 at the time of death.
Critics: “In My Songs”
In November 2006, Gerald Levert, the husky R&B; singer nicknamed “Teddy Bear,” died of a heart attack at his home in Ohio. Before his sudden death at the age of 40, Levert had just finished work on his latest album, In My Songs. And now, three months after his death, that album has been released. The verdict? This album is one of Gerald’s better efforts as a solo artists since his peak in the late 1980s and early ’90s. If this is the last album of all-new material by Levert ever released, it will serve as a fitting testimony to his talent for songwriting, incredible vocal power and lush, passionate singing.
Vibrant, Full of Life
On the opening song/title track of In My Songs, Gerald Levert’s first (but probably not last) posthumous album, the Teddy Bear sings about how, even though he’s known for his love songs, he doesn’t have a love of his own: “You see, every night on my knees I pray ‘send her to me.’ … See, I ain’t been perfect, in fact, I’ve been dead wrong; but it’s time for me to live out the love that I sing about in my songs.”
Gerald goes on to sing about how he wants to get married to one of his songs and have the first dance to be one of his songs. Like many tracks on the album, the lyrics take on more meaning due to Levert’s death; even though “In My Words” has a fairly uptempo backing track, there’s an undercurrent of sadness when you remember that Gerald never found his true love before he died.
Among the other standout tracks are the “grown and sexy” dance jam “DJ Don’t,” in which Gerald goes out to a dance club on a Friday and asks the DJ not to play any slow songs; “Deep As It Goes,” a sex song meant to be taken both literally and metaphorically; and “Wanna Get Up with You,” an uptempo number in which Gerald tests his mack game on a sexy woman.
This is an album in which many of the songs are very upbeat, very vibrant and full of life. That liveliness serves as a reminder that although Gerald’s no longer with the living, life goes on. By many accounts, Gerald lived life to the fullest, and this album is not only a perfect testament to that, but also to his shining talent. If he had known this was to be his last album, Gerald Levert probably would have been very proud.
Critics: “Something to Talk About”
It’s still unknown how many finished but unreleased songs Gerald Levert recorded before his untimely death in November 2006, but since this is already the second posthumous release of new material by him in just seven months, then it might be safe to say that despite his death, the public will still hear from Levert for some time to come. On Something to Talk About, Gerald teams with his father, Eddie Sr. (of the O’Jays) for a dozen old-school R&B; tracks that are so vivid and vibrant that they might make you completely forget – for awhile, anyway – that Gerald is no longer among the living.
It’s All in the Family
There are some songs on Something to Talk About in which you literally can’t tell Gerald’s voice from Eddie Sr.’s, and it’s this that drives home an important point: these two men were like best friends in addition to being father and son.
Must-hear songs include the fun-n-sexy tracks “A Situation” and “I Like It.” And on “That’s What I Do,” Eddie & Gerald seemingly do their best Babyface impersonations, singing about how they’ll do anything for – and give everything to – their women. Apparently, chivalry, like the spirit of Gerald Levert, is not dead. And sure, it’s an old-fashioned mentality, but it’s a nice change from the songs these days that belittle and/or demean women.
Their praising of females continues on “Bad Habit,” where they sing about wanting a woman’s lovin’ so much that she’s become a bad habit that results in other things, like work, becoming neglected:
“Some people are addicted to drugs, some people are addicted to alcohol, some people are addicted to food, but there ain’t no addiction like me lovin’ you,” Gerald sings.
Like a lot of music by members of the Levert family, the singing can be over-the-top sometimes. Plus, there aren’t many new ideas here. In fact, not even the album’s concept is new: Eddie Sr. and Gerald recorded another duets album, called Father & Son, back in 1995. But other than the unappealing title track (which is a remake of the old Bonnie Raitt hit), this is a well-done, cohesive package of material that fully displays the skills that have kept the Levert family on the charts – and in the hearts fans – for decades.
2007: In My Songs
2004: Do I Speak For The World
2003: Stroke Of Genius
2002: The G Spot
2001: Geralds World
1998: Love & Consequences
1994: Groove On
1991: Private Line
Born: Gerald Levert, July 9, 1966 in Philadelphia, Penn. Raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Died: Nov. 10, 2006 in Newbury, Ohio.