An Interview With R&B Icon, KEITH SWEAT About His Current Vegas Residency, New Music and More!
Posted On 24 Jul 2017
Here’s an update on the R&B icon Keith Sweat, widely recognized as one of the Godfathers of Soul: By popular demand, Sweat returned to a limited engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas with “Keith Sweat: Last Forever” from July 5 – 22, where he performed his mega-hits including “I Want Her,” “Twisted” and “Nobody.”
The platinum chart-topper, who has delivered five straight #1 albums, selling more than 25 million records worldwide to date, is back in full swagger!
As Las Vegas Review Journal says: “You couldn’t ask for better entertainment and a mesmerizing performance to start the New Year. There was as much fun for me listening to his music as it was watching the ladies fall under his extraordinary spell.”
This year Sweat has already performed nearly 100 dates reaching more than 450,000 fans, with numerous sold-out shows. His 12th studio album Dress To Impress spawned the #1 hit single “Good Love” and two Top Ten singles including “Tonight” and “Just The Two Of Us.”
Sweat, who was born two blocks away from the historic Apollo Theater, is also celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sweat Hotel, the #1 nationally syndicated Urban AC nighttime radio show, carried by more than 60 stations and boasting a 3 million listenership.
Additionally, he celebrates the 30th Anniversary of his triple-platinum album Make It Last Forever. Check out sizzle reel here: https://vimeo.com/214570361
Learn more about Keith Sweat in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! So where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
I’m in my dressing room getting myself prepared for tonight’s performance. No music, just peace and quiet, the calm before the storm.
How is 2017 treating you so far? Did you approach the start of this year any differently then you did last year?
So far it’s been a good year, I approached it the same way I did last year, just ready to work and spend time with my family.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your first musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today? If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
Yes being a singer has always been my dream and passion. Since I was little, all I wanted to do was be on stage in front of thousands of people entertaining and seeing my name on marquees. I never wanted to do anything else, so I really don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t singing.
Let’s talk about your July shows at Flamingo in Las Vegas. What’s it like returning to Vegas for another round?
It’s great coming back for round two. That means Flamingo, and more importantly the fans, wanted me back. It’s a great feeling.
This year you have already performed at nearly 100 dates and reached more than 450,000 fans so I am curious to know what’s your favorite part about performing? Does it continue to be something that you love doing and will continue doing?
Just being on stage and entertaining is my favorite part. I love the energy my fans give me while on stage. There is really nothing like it.
What’s been a favorite experience that you have had with a fan in all your years in the limelight?
That’s a hard one, there’s been so many. I would have to say when my fans tell me how much they appreciate my music and how it’s touched them. That means a lot to me.
Can you talk about the Sweat Hotel and how this Urban AC nighttime radio show was first founded?
It’s something I always wanted to try, so I decided to do it and it’s been a great success. I am now in 65+ markets and it’s going really well.
Have you thought about putting out new music? Are you currently working on anything new?
I’m in the studio right now recording new music.
What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I like the newer artists on the scene that are still doing real R&B music. Artists like Trey Songz and Chris Brown are really taking it to the next level of R&B, so I’d like to work with them.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
Well my music is me, from my heart, my experiences, etc. so I’m thankful that so many people connect with me and feel my music as they have. Fans always come up to me and tell me that certain songs or albums take them back to a certain point in their lives. That makes me feel really good.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I just want to saw thank you for all your love and support over the years. I couldn’t do it without you and don’t forget to come by and see while I’m in Las Vegas at the Fabulous Flamingo. Make It Last Forever.