Two years ago, Keith Sweat earned a Lifetime Soul Train Achievement Award. He's only 54 now, so he's got time to achieve a whole lot more.
On Saturday, he'll be entertaining a near-capacity crowd at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg,
Sweat burst onto the music scene in 1987 with his classic debut album, "Make It Last Forever" and its two massive hit singles, the title track and "I Want Her." The latter song is credited with introducing the public to new jack swing, a soulful blend of R&B and hip-hop that dominated the charts for years afterward.
A debut like that was hard to follow, but Sweat's next four albums all also reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. All told he's had six No. 1 albums, six platinum albums, one gold album and six No. 1 singles. His latest release, which came out this past February, is called "Harlem Romance: A Love Collection." It's a compilation of some of his best songs of love and seduction from throughout his career, including "Make It Last Forever" and "I Want to Love You Down."
Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 5, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $25.50-$55.50. Information: 727-892-5767, themahaffey.com.
-- Marty Clear