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OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Years active1989–present
Liquid 8
Silk Music Group
Associated actsKeith Sweat, Tamar Braxton, Gerald Levert, Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Link, Heavy D, Soulshock & Karlin
MembersTim "Timzo" Cameron
Jimmy Gates
Gary "Big G" Glenn
Johnathen "John-John" Rasboro
Gary "Lil G" Jenkins

Silk is an American R&B group, formed in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their 1993 hit single, "Freak Me", which reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.


Silk is best known for their hit singles, "Freak Me", and "Happy Days" from their debut album, Lose Control. Another hit from Lose Control, "Girl U For Me", helped the album reach double platinum status. They later had success with singles such as "I Can Go Deep", "Hooked on You", "Don't Rush", "If You" (released February 23, 1999) "Meeting in My Bedroom", and "We're Calling You." In 1994 silk won Album Of The Year for Lose Control at the Soul Train Music Awards.

Silk was discovered by the musician Keith Sweat. The group was originally a quintet made up of Timothy "Timzo" Cameron, James "Jimmy" Gates, Jr., Johnathen "John John" Rasboro, Tyga Graham & Albert Allen. Gary "Big G" Glenn & Gary "Lil G" Jenkins joined shortly after the departures of Graham & Allen. In 2002, Silk left the label and took a hiatus. That same year, Jenkins went on to pursue other interests and made his stage debut in 2002 as 'AJ' in the Tyler Perry play Madea's Family Reunion. He resurfaced musically in 2007 with his solo debut, The Other Side. Silk and Sweat both appeared in the group, Black Men United on the song "U Will Know" which is featured on soundtrack for the movie Jason's Lyric. silk has also appeared on the soundtracks for Booty Call (Feel Good), Made In America (Does He Do It Good w/Keith Sweat),A Low Down Dirty Shame (I Can Go Deep), and Blankman (Cry On).

In 2003 and down to a quartet, Silk released their fifth studio album Silktime on their own label Silk Music Group. The album featured the songs "Silktime", "My Girl", "Alibi", "More", "You (The Baby Song)", "Check My Story" and a cover version of Blue Magic's "Sideshow". That song reunited them with their mentor Keith Sweat. The album appeared in the Billboard 200.

In 2006, the group returned with their sixth release, a covers album entitled Always And Forever on Shanachie Records. The album featured covers of R&B songs including "Adore" by Prince, "Always and Forever" by Heatwave, and "Secret Garden" by Quincy Jones. "Secret Garden" was the first and only single.

Jenkins has since reunited with Silk and their 7th album, Quiet Storm, was released on March 18, 2016 on Shanachie Records.

In 2018, silk celebrated 25 years in the music business with two star studded concerts---one at B.B. King's in New York in February and the other in Atlanta in March. They were also honored with an episode on the popular series Unsung that same year.


  • Gary Glenn
  • Johnathen Rasboro
  • Timothy Cameron
  • James "Jimmy" Gates, Jr.
  • Gary Jenkins

Former members

  • Tyga Graham
  • Albert Allen



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

1992 Lose Control
  • Release date: November 17, 1992
  • Label: Elektra
7 1 45 8
  • US: 2× Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Gold[7]
1995 Silk
  • Release date: November 28, 1995
  • Label: Elektra
46 10 130
1999 Tonight
  • Release date: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Elektra
21 8
  • US: Platinum[6]
2001 Love Session
  • Release date: June 12, 2001
  • Label: Elektra
20 2
2003 Silktime
  • Release date: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Silk, Liquid 8
178 30
2006 Always and Forever
  • Release date: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Shanachie
2016 Quiet Storm
  • Release date: March 18, 2016
  • Label: Shanachie
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak position
2004 The Best of Silk
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Label: Elektra


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album

1992 "Happy Days" 86 13 Lose Control
1993 "Freak Me" 1 1 3 43 42 9 46
"Girl U for Me" 26 4 57 30 67
"Lose Control"
"It Had to Be You" 109 45
"Baby It's You" 44
1994 "I Can Go Deep" 71 22 A Low Down Dirty Shame / Silk
1995 "Hooked on You" 54 12 11 81 Silk
1996 "Don't Rush" 91 39
1999 "If You (Lovin' Me)" 13 4 28 Tonight
"Meeting in My Bedroom" 62 15
"Let's Make Love" 58
2001 "We're Callin U" 56 Love Session
"Ebony Eyes"
2003 "Silktime" Silktime
2004 "Side Show" 66
2006 "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" Always and Forever
2016 "Love 4 U 2 Like Me" Quiet Storm
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b "Silk Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Silk Chart History > Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  4. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Silk". RPM. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  5. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  6. ^ a b c d e "US Certifications > Silk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "CAN Certifications > Silk". Music Canada. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Silk Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Silk Chart History > Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  10. ^ " > Silk in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  11. ^ " > Silk in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 251.

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