Mostly Credited As: Gavin Christopher
Date Of Birth: May 01, 1949 (Age 66)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Date Of Death: March 03, 2016
Cause Of Death: congestive heart failure
Gavin Christopher is a R&B singer and musician, born on March 5, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois where he started out playing music at a very early age. Having been schooled by the likes of Oscar Brown Jr., Donny Hathaway and later on Curtis Mayfield, he honed his writing and singing skills and began his career, first in a band called Lyfe (which also included Chaka Khan). Khan then left and joined Rufus (scoring several pop and R&B hits with them). Christopher later joined another band called High Voltage with future Rufus members Bobby Watson and Tony Maiden, as well as Lalomie Washburn, who later wrote several Rufus songs. Christopher himself would also become associated with Rufus, as he penned the song "Once You Get Started," which was later recorded by the band and hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
Christopher relocated to Los Angeles, California where he was signed to his first recording contract with Island Records. He later moved back to Chicago to record and work with Curtis Mayfield on the Curtom/RSO record label. He worked with Herbie Hancock, writing and singing on several of his albums. Christopher also penned the Hancock song, "Stars in Your Eyes".
Following a move to New York City, Christopher signed with EMI Manhattan Records and scored his biggest single to date, "One Step Closer to You" (his only Hot 100 hit as an artist, #22 in 1986) and another minor single two years later with "You Are Who You Love." He also produced music for artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and The Ritchie Family, as well as mentored and worked with a young Mariah Carey prior to her getting her big break. He was heavily involved in the early hip-hop scene, writing such hits as "Girls Love the Way He Spins", "Sign Of the Time", "We Gonna Rock America" and "All Night All Right".