“Choosey Lover” And “No, No, No”: 9 Songs You You Probably Didn’t Know Vince Herbert Wrote And Produced
For many people, when you think of Vince Herbert these days, you think of Tamar Braxton, or a Lady Gaga. He has steered the careers of both women and helped them obtain major success. But before he was doing that, he was a writer and producer for quite a few major talents during the ’90s. Here are 9 hits and deep cuts that Vince (then credited as Vincent Herbert or V.H.) has lent his talents to over the years.
“Choosey Lover” – Aaliyah
Herbert contributed his talents to both the old school and new school versions of this track (which appear together on the album), a remake of the classic Isley Brother’s song of the same name. While Timbaland was behind most of the hits on the One in a Million album, Herbert was the producer of this jam, as well as the remake of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” from this same album.
“No, No, No” (Part I And The Remix) – Destiny’s Child
It was the hit these Houston gals needed to be taken seriously as one of many R&B groups out in the mid-’90s. Both part one and the remix were written and produced by Vince Herbert (with help from Calvin Gaines, Mary Brown, and Rob Fusari), and of course, we know that the song was a huge hit. It went number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hot Hip-Hop charts, and number three on the Hot 100 charts.
Too Little Too Late” – JoJo
Before JoJo was creatively stifled by her record company for years (she’s free now), she was putting out quite a few hits. “Leave,” “Baby It’s You” and this one: “Too Little Too Late.” Herbert was one of the producers of the song, which had one of the biggest Billboard jumps (from number 90 to three on the Hot 100) in history.
“Every Little Thing U Do” – Christopher Williams
The New Jack Swing track from Williams’ second album, Changes, was written with the help of Herbert. The single was released as the third one from the album. While it’s no “I’m Dreamin’,” it’s hot!
“How Many Ways” – Toni Braxton
How many ways can a woman love her man? Evidently, Herbert had all the answers because he wrote (and produced) this song for Braxton’s self-titled debut album. The song peaked at number six on the Hot R&B/Hot Hip-Hop charts, and the video featured Braxton frolicking with a young and fine Shemar Moore (the two would actually end up dating for a short period of time later).
“I Don’t Want To Do Anything” Remix – Mary J. Blige and K-Ci
Any other big fans of Mary J. Blige’s What’s The 411? Remix album? Well, if you are, you’ve probably heard Mary’s “I Don’t Want To Do Anything” remix with K-Ci. Herbert actually produced that. While I actually prefer the original (which was produced by DeVante Swing), probably because I loved Mary and K Ci’s “Unplugged” performance of it, this one is worth a listen to.
“Where Do We Go From Here” – Deborah Cox
Deborah Cox has been singing on the scene for a while. In the early stages of her career (before “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” took over your radio for like a year), she put out a self-titled album with the song, “Where Do We Go From Here” featured. Herbert actually produced the song, mixed it, and worked on the drums on the track.
“Suga Suga” – Monifah
While “Touch It” was the big hit (and biggest hit of her career) off of Monifah’s second album, Mo’hogany, “Suga Suga” was a favorite of many fans. The sexually alluring song was produced by Herbert and gave Monifah the chance to really show off her vocal abilities.
“Fly Away” – Hi-Five
Written by Herbert, “Fly Away” was a deep-cut jam off of Hi-Five’s sophomore album, Keep It Goin’ On. The song has that early ’90s vibe to it, and if you ask me, it should have been released as a single. Not only is it smooth, but it’s one of my favorites.