Gerald Levert was a contemporary soul singer whose smooth yet robust vocals brought energy and emotion to even his most serene recordings, Gerald Levert grew up in the shadows of his father, Eddie Levert, Sr., of the O'Jays. As a child, his father's status in the music industry nurtured and helped prepare Gerald for his prosperous music career as a writer, arranger, producer, and performer. In 1991, Gerald released his solo debut album, Private Line. The title track spawned his first number one single as a solo artist on the Billboard R&B charts. The following year, Gerald came back with a duet with his father and scored another number one single with "Baby Hold on to Me" and "School Me." He went on to released several more heart wrenching albums until he passed away in fall of 2006.