Al B Sure
Albert Joseph Brown III (born June 4, 1968, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and Mount Vernon, New York. During the late 1980s under the stage name Al B. Sure!, he enjoyed a brief run as one of new jack swing‘s most popular romantic singers and producers.
Brown was a star football quarterback at Mount Vernon High School in New York, who rejected an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a music career. In 1987, Quincy Jones selected Brown as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search. Subsequently, Brown went on to work with Jones on several projects, most notably the platinum single “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” from Jones’ double-platinum-certified album Back on the Block. On this recording, Brown was one of a quartet with Barry White, El DeBarge, and James Ingram.
His debut album from 1988, In Effect Mode, sold more than two million copies, topping the Billboard R&B chart for seven straight weeks. The album included the single “Nite and Day,” which topped the R&B chart and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. He received numerous Grammy and American Music Award (AMA) nominations, and won an AMA for Best New R&B Artist. He also received several Soul Train Award nominations, and won the award for Best New Artist. He also won several New York Music Awards. In addition, his 900 phone line was third in generating revenue, following those for New Kids on the Block and Run-D.M.C.
As a writer and producer, Brown introduced the multi-platinum group Jodeci and teen R&B performer Tevin Campbell (also one of Quincy Jones’s former protégés), as well as Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music industry.
In 2009, Brown signed with Hidden Beach Recordings. His first single for the label, “I Love It (Papi Aye, Aye, Aye),” entered the Radio & Records Urban AC chart at No. 33 in one week. The album Honey, I’m Home was released on June 23, 2009.
In 1991, Sure! co-starred with Martin Lawrence in a television pilot titled Private Times. Other cast members included ER’s Michael Michele and The Five Heartbeats’ Michael Wright. Sure!’s various talk show appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Arsenio Hall Show, Rolanda, and Donahue. Sure!’s television and acting performances include Showtime at the Apollo, Soul Train and The Soul Train Music Awards, the Grammys, the American Music Awards, Will Smith‘s Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and ABC‘s Magic Johnson Special from Hawaii. He also hosted MTV Jams.
In 2000, Sure!’s ABS Entertainment launched a television development division, and he served as co-executive producer of the HBO Comedy Special starring Jamie Foxx, filmed at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California.
Recently, Sure! teamed with the ABC Radio Network to produce a romantic nighttime show, The Secret Garden, hosted by him and featuring a blend of music and celebrity guests.
Sure! participated in the Bless the Children Foundation celebrity auction along with NFL stars Charles Woodson and Anthony Dorsett. He was presented with the key to the city of Oakland by city council member Laurence E. Reid in recognition of the work of Sure!’s ABS Ken-Struk-Shen in refurbishing parts of the city. Reid proclaimed October 19 Al B Sure! Day.
Sure! was a DJ on the Los Angeles radio station KHHT, and played old-school hip hop and R&B. He was one of 590 Clear Channel employees downsized in April 2009.
One of his three sons, known as Li’l B. Sure!, was featured on MTV series Rock the Cradle.
In 2010, Sure! appeared as one of the 12 contestants on the TV One reality television dating game show The Ultimate Merger. The series was produced by Donald Trump and starred former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, whom Sure! dated previously.
Since 2007 Dave has hosted, or co-hosted over twenty radio programs in Las Vegas, with a heavy emphasis on sports and entertainment talk. Dave’s role as both the long time “voice” of the Las Vegas Wranglers professional hockey team, and his front office involvement in professional football give him special insight and contacts in the world of sports, and his prior career as a professional marketing and sales executive give Dave all the tools necessary in today’s entertainment environment.
Currently Dave hosts’ one of the top rated weekly program in Las Vegas, “Pawn Talk Live” on Newstalk AM 720 KDWN, along with the “Jim Fassel Show”, with the former head coach of the New York Giants, Jim Fassel. Also on the docket, the “MMA Fight Corner”, which Dave both produces and hosts, and the “Joe the AC Guy” show, an informative and fun take on home improvement and air conditioning.
Michael Mack is a FOURTH generation pawn broker, former Las Vegas City Councilman, co-host of the uber-popular “Pawn Talk Live” radio program, and owner of the most unique pawn shop in Las Vegas; The World Famous Max Pawn.
Since moving away from the large corporate pawn brokerages (his brother Steven and he owned the Super Pawn franchise), Michael has re-invented the pawn business with his own unique flair, and has opened the world of high end hand bags, fashion, and art to a general public that may have never had an opportunity to afford such luxury goods.
In November of 2012 the World Famous Max Pawn opened its new 4,500 square foot location (the former Mad Man Army Surplus store), where the “Pawn Talk Live” radio program is broadcast live each Friday at 2pm.