Sam Salter: The R&B Singer Who Left a Little Black Book of Hits
Sam Salter, who passed away in September 2021, was a talented R&B singer who released two albums in his career: It's On Tonight in 1997 and The Little Black Book in 2000. The latter album, which was only released in Japan, featured some of his best songs, such as \"Color of Love\", \"Your Side of the Bed\", and \"Love Again\".
Salter was discovered by LA Reid and Babyface, who signed him to their label LaFace Records. He worked with some of the top producers and songwriters in the industry, such as Rodney Jerkins, Diane Warren, and David Foster. He also wrote songs for other artists, such as Brandy, Usher, and Monica.
Despite his talent and potential, Salter did not achieve the commercial success that he deserved. His debut album was overshadowed by other LaFace artists, such as Toni Braxton and Outkast. His second album was never released in the US due to label issues. He also struggled with personal problems, such as drug addiction and homelessness.
However, Salter's music lives on through his loyal fans, who appreciate his smooth vocals, catchy melodies, and heartfelt lyrics. His songs have been sampled by artists such as Drake, J. Cole, and Bryson Tiller. His legacy is also celebrated by his peers, who have paid tribute to him on social media.
Sam Salter may have left us too soon, but he left behind a little black book of hits that will always remind us of his talent and soul.
Salter was born on February 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. He grew up singing gospel music at Faithful Church of God in Christ and won several local talent shows. He was influenced by Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, as well as contemporary R&B artists such as Babyface and Keith Sweat. [^1^]
He recorded a demo tape that was heard by L.A. Reid of LaFace Records, who signed him to the label quickly. He worked with some of the top producers and songwriters in the industry, such as Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, Diane Warren, and David Foster. His debut album It's On Tonight was released in 1997 and featured the hit singles \"After 12, Before 6\", \"There You Are\", and \"It's On Tonight\". The album received positive reviews and showcased his smooth vocals, catchy melodies, and heartfelt lyrics. [^1^] [^2^]
However, Salter did not achieve the commercial success that he deserved. His debut album was overshadowed by other LaFace artists, such as Toni Braxton and Outkast. His second album The Little Black Book was never released in the US due to label issues. The album, which was only released in Japan in 2000, featured some of his best songs, such as \"Color of Love\", \"Your Side of the Bed\", and \"Love Again\". Some of the songs from the album were later recorded by other artists, such as Boyz II Men and SisqÃ. [^1^] [^3^]
In 2005, Salter released an independent album titled Strictly 4 The Bedroom, which featured songs such as \"I Love You Both\", \"To Be Loved\", and \"Show You That I Care\". The album was well-received by his fans, who appreciated his mature and sensual style. He also collaborated with the group Talking Book on their single \"On a September Morn\" that year. [^1^] [^3^]
Salter continued to work behind the scenes as a songwriter, producer, and engineer for other artists, such as Jesse Powell, B2K, B5, The Isley Brothers, Tyrese, J. Holiday, Deborah Cox, and Charlie Wilson. He also wrote songs for himself, which he shared on his social media platforms. Some of his unreleased songs include \"I'm Sorry\", \"Give Me My Baby\", and \"Don't Leave Me\". [^1^] [^2^]
On August 27, 2021, Salter passed away at the age of 46. His family did not disclose the cause of his death. His fans and peers expressed their condolences and tributes on social media, remembering him as a talented and underrated R&B singer who left a lasting impact on the genre. [^2^] [^4^] ec8f644aee