Howard Hewett – Stay (1986)

Howard Hewett is an American R&B and gospel singer and former lead vocalist of the R&B group Shalamar.

Raised in Akron, Ohio, Hewett moved to Los Angeles. He would eventually meet Soul Train dancer and future first wife Rainey Riley-Cunningham, then a secretary of the show’s creator and original host Don Cornelius. It was he who introduced Hewett to fellow Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, and their group, Shalamar, was born. The trio is best known for songs such as “Second Time Around”, “A Night to Remember”, “Dancing in the Sheets” and the ballad “This Is For The Lover In You”. Hewett was the group’s lead singer from 1979 until 1985.

When Shalamar broke up in the mid 1980s, Hewett went on to pursue a solo career. He signed with Elektra Records and recorded 1986’s I Commit To Love (R&B #12), a relatively solid urban album that yielded two R&B hits, “I’m For Real” (R&B #2) and “Stay” (R&B #8).

“Stay” was released on Elektra 12″ single with a number of Shep Pettibone remixes, the only mix to see release on CD was the 5 min 12 sec “Before Midnight Mix” which is available on the 2009 CD-R Manufactured On Demand release of “I Commit To Love”

Stay (After Midnight Mix)                  7:26

Stay (Dub Version)                            7:23

Stay (Instrumental)                            5:12

Stay (Bonus Beats)                             4:53

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