Suave grew up in South Los Angeles raised by his great-grandmother. He sang in a church choir, wrote songs and orchestrated R&B arrangements in the "new jack swing" style in his home studio.
He was discovered at a New Edition concert in California in the mid-80's when one of the members of the group invited him on stage to sing with them. At age 19, Suave was signed to Capitol Records.
In 1988, Suavé released his debut album, "I'm Your Playmate" which peaked at #101 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
His hit single, a cover version of the Temptations' classic hit, "My Girl" peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
Three years later in 1991, Suavé released his sophomore album, "To the Maxx" which failed to chart at all on the Billboard 200 or R&B Albums chart.
Just like the album, the single "Rocked Your Boots" flopped on the charts, failing to appear on the Billboard charts at all.
In 1993, Suavé was sentenced to life in prison for arson in the fire of a Los Angeles drug house near the University of Southern California which killed a drug addict. He was convicted based on the shaky testimony of two witnesses. Suave admitted to selling & using drugs, carrying guns and cheating on his wife.
In 2007, new evidence shows that he was not involved in the murder and a hearing was ordered to appeal his case. Since then, Suave remains in prison, but he hopes that he will be found innocent of these false charges.
To see the music video for "My Girl," go to:
To see the music video for "Shake Your Body," go to:
To see the music video for "Rocked Your Boots," go to:
[updated on 04\16\2016]