Silk Talks Their New Album ‘Quiet Storm,’ 90s R&B and Being ‘Disappointed’ By Boyz II Men
Silk is one of the most popular R&B acts of the 1990s. With hits like "Lose Control," "Freak Me," "If You" and "Meeting In My Bedroom," they are an indelible part of a generation's sound. And the guys have gotten together and released their first album since 2006s covers project Always and Forever and their first studio album with all five original members since 2001s Love Session.
In an era filled with talented groups like Boyz II Men, Jodeci, BlackStreet and Dru Hill, Silk stood out via their knack for smoldering bedroom songs and late night grooves; so dubbing their new album Quiet Storm is obviously appropriate. The group was in flux for several years, releasing two albums as a quartet after the departure of Gary "Lil G" Jenkins and then taking a hiatus in the mid-2000s.
But they say they've never broken up and the planets just had to align for them to return as a unit. Following a well-received appearance at the 2014 BET Awards, the group got to work on new music.
"We'd started a couple of projects before that just didn't seem right," explained Jenkins. "And then we finally worked up to this point where we finally got a project that felt like it was the one."
Jenkins, Timothy "Timzo" Cameron, Jonathan “John John” Rasboro, Jimmy Gates, Jr. and Gary "Big G" Glenn in the studio together has reignited the passion within the group and helped them re-channel their classic sound in a new musical framework. But make no mistake, this is music that is quintessentially Silk.
The group broke through in 1992 with their debut Lose Control album. Heavily mentored by crooner Keith Sweat, Silk became one of the most popular acts of the 90s, going on to release projects like their underrated eponymous sophomore album and 1999s Tonight.
"Keith Sweat came on the radio...and we said whichever group gets what that man, that's who's gonna be different," explains "Big G" Glenn.
And almost 25 years later, they're as committed to the group as ever and believe that the new album and renewed focus will resonate with fans of 90s music, across generations. And they're focused on enjoying the group dynamic once again.
"We were able to overcome the politics by having a common goal and a common focus. We can all step back and recognize that Silk is bigger than us individually," says Big G. "This is a brotherhood."