Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chuckii Booker

Chuckii Booker (born on December 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an R&B singer, bandleader, songwriter and instrumentalist. As a teenager, he became talented on the guitar and the drums.

In 1984, his godfather, the late Barry White signed him to a record deal with Barry's production company, but unfortunately, Chuckii left after Barry failed to issue an album that Chuckii recorded.

After that, Chuckii joined R&B group, Tease as a keyboardist for three years. He worked with artists such as Geoffrey Williams, White, CJ Anthony, Lalah Hathaway, Troop, Kool & The Gang and Vanessa Williams. He was even the musical director for Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" tour.
In 1989, he released his debut album, "Chuckii" which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Turned Away" peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1989, topping the chart for a week and staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single, "(Don't U Know) I Love U" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Touch" peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1992, Chuckii released his sophomore album, "Niice 'n Wiild" which peaked at #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Games" became Chuckii's second #1 R&B hit, topping the chart for a week in November of 1992 and staying on the chart for 35 weeks, becoming Chuckii's highest chart appearance to date.

The follow-up single, "I Should Have Loved You" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

After his solo career, Chuckii continued his producing career and was the music director\keyboardist for TLC's "CrazySexyCool" tour, New Edition's "Coming Home" tour, and Faith Evans' "Keep the Faith" tour.

In 2008, he was the musical director for Mary J. Blige's "Heart of the City" tour. He was also the pianist for Tina Turner's "Wildest Dreams" tour in 1997.

Along with his music career, Chuckii attended the Pasadena Art Center College of Design specializing in graphic arts. He was also the co-owner of Aire L.A. Studios in Glendale, California.

To see Chuckii's fan-made MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/chuckiifan

To see the music video for "Turned Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-l6boIyD8o

To see the music video for "(Don't You Know) I Love U," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJlKSUWGwqQ

To see a fan-made video for "Touch," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i7rENPI2E4

To see the music video for "Games," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDmGl9Nr_3w

To see a fan-made video for "I Should Have Loved You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvejq6irXys



[updated on 05\11\12]

No comments: