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Johnny Gill Readies Game Changer Tour in Support of New Album [Video]

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Johnny Gill is kicking off his Game Changer Tour on Feb. 8 in Atlanta with fellow R&B artists El DeBarge and Eric Benet.

The tour is being done to promote his new album, “Game Changer.”

“It’s a full set. I haven’t done this in years,” Gill told Black Hollywood Live’s “Next” show.

While Gill has had No. 1 albums on the R&B charts during his 31-year career, he believes his latest album is his best.

“‘Game Changer’ today will be my ‘Thriller’ album,” said Gill, referring to Michael Jackson‘s 1982 chart-topping album.

“I got a few songs on there, if you want a boy or a girl,” he said. “If you want twins, you want that song called ‘What Is This.’ It’s like an old Al Green throwback joint.”

Gill credits much of his success to his father, a preacher in Washington, D.C., and his family’s gospel group, Wings Of Faith.

“We used to have meetings outside the church before we would go inside the church, like ‘OK, guess how many people we’re going to make shout?’ Little did I know, being able to do that, pushing people’s buttons, that there’s a power behind it. There was some anointing behind that,” he said.

Throughout his career, Gill has been a part of multiple groups, primarily New Edition.

New Edition reunited last year and toured.

“The reason why we’ve been able to come back together for 31 years in this game is simply because there is a true brotherhood for us. This is not something you can manufacture,” he said.

Although Gill is currently single, he reveals he once used his gift of singing to date a woman.

“I put the champagne on ice and I sat it right by the piano,” he said. “I had the lights dimmed. And when she came in, we sat down and I started playing a couple of songs, a couple of Luther (Vandross) joints as well. And we went from the piano to the floor, from the floor to the bedroom, and I was like ‘Damn, it was that easy?’”

The only other date set for the tour is March 27 in San Diego with The Whispers, Stephanie Mills and Con Funk Shu.

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