(born April 26, 1978), better known as Avant
, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. He is best known for hits such as "Separated" (the remix to which features Kelly Rowland), "My First Love," which one version features KeKe Wyatt, and "Read Your Mind" (remix featuring Snoop Dogg on the extended promo vinyl and released September 30, 2003). He was featured in the remix to the Lloyd Banks song "Karma" from the 2004 album The Hunger for More
, and has had a cameo appearance in the 2004 feature film BarberShop 2: Back in Business
His self-titled fifth album, Avant
, was released on December 9, 2008.
Avant is now signed to Verve Forecast and released his sixth studio album The Letter (formerly titled "Wake Up") on December 21, 2010, Avant cites R. Kelly as his biggest influence and inspiration.