Saturday, November 7, 2009

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam (born Samuel Turner Jr. on May 31, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former R&B singer from the 90s.

He began singing and preaching in church when he was 3 years old, preached his first sermon when he was 11 years old and traveled across the country preaching & singing when he was only 12 years old. He starred in the play "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

Sam was later introduced to the music business and signed a record deal with Boyz II Men's record label, Stonecreek Records.
In 1997, Uncle Sam released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200, #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Can You Feel It" peaked at #86 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
The follow-up single "I Don't Ever Want to See You Again" became Uncle Sam's biggest hit to date, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #28 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 33 weeks.

The song also peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was written & produced by Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris who also provided backing vocals to the song and Michael McCrary provided the monologue to the song.
In 1998, his cover version of Bad English's hit song "When I See You Smile" was featured on the "Touched By An Angel" television soundtrack. The song managed to peak at #35 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

Today, Uncle Sam (now Pastor Samuel Turner Jr) is the pastor and founder of the Life Savior's Baptist Church in Douglasville, Georgia.

To see the music video for "I Don't Ever Want To See You Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWasrUYMHgo

To see the music video for "Can You Feel It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLpcR0lXCLQ

To see a fan-made video for "When I See You Smile," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvMBHlHECsY


[updated on 05\31\13]

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