11/01/2008 01:43:00 AM

Avant releases new album on new record label.

Posted by SouthernGurl

Seven years into a gold-and-platinum-honored career, top R&B singer/songwriter/producer AVANT is joining the Capitol Records roster of urban chart-topping artists. His first Capitol Records album was released on October 28. Fresh off a live appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the artist says he chose to title his first Capitol Records album with his own name, AVANT, to acknowledge his established track record, as well as the sense of creative accomplishment and ownership that marks the project overall: "I've proved my point. (The album) reflects who I am. I think one of the reasons I've been able to enjoy the kind of longevity I've had, is that I write songs that are about real-life situations."

Accordingly, the album's kick-off single, is the probing, emotive and sophisticated When It Hurts, an impassioned and irresistible plea about the true meaning of unconditional love, produced by the Anonymous Entertainment team of Eric Dawkins and Tony Dixon (Fantasia).



Album track collaborators on the album AVANT include such hit-making peers as Trackmasters (LL Cool J), The Architects (Missy Elliott), and DJ Smurf a.k.a Mr. Collipark (Soulja Boy). Snoop Dogg makes a commanding step-out appearance on the track "Attention." Other album highlights include the seductive "Break Ya Back," a re-interpretation of the Christopher Cross pop standard "Sailing," and "Perfect Gentleman" co-starring his Capitol label-mate Alfamega (from T.I.'s Grand Hustle camp).

Avant has three RIAA gold album certifications, including the No. 6 album Ecstasy (MCA 2002), and one- platinum, for My Thoughts (MCA, 2000). His Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop hits include the No. 1 "Separated," the No. 3 smash revival of Rene and Angela's Quiet Storm classic "My First Love" with Keke Wyatt, and 2003's No. 4 "Read Your Mind," feat. Snoop Dogg.


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