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Stevie B The King of Freestyle (born Steven Bernard Hill, April 19, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, who was influential in the freestyle and Hi-NRG dance music scene of the late 1980s, mostly in Miami. Stevie B had a 1990 number-one hit ballad "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)".
|Birth name||Steven Bernard Hill|
|Born||April 19, 1958|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
|Origin||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Alexia Phillips, Pitbull|
Early life and careerEdit
Stevie B was born as Steven Bernard Hill on April 19, 1958 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, He worked a variety of jobs – from car washing to fast food – before gaining recognition for his 1987 national club smash, "Party Your Body". It was also the title track of his 1988 debut LP, which eventually went gold. In 1989, he had his first top 40 hits with "I Wanna Be the One," "In My Eyes" and "Love Me For Life." With his 1990 album, Love & Emotion, he reached the height of his success, with the accompanying single, "Because I Love You" enjoying four weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1990. He had two subsequent top 15 hits from Love and Emotion with "I'll Be by Your Side" and the title track from the album.
In 1998, The Best of Stevie B was re-released, highlighting the light dance-pop sound that marked the start of his career. He has found new fame in Brazil, where he not only appears regularly on radio shows but continues to sell out concerts to tens of thousands of fans, many hailing from the slums (favelas) of both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, due to the popularity of his style of music with urban youth.
In August 2009, he released The Terminator which features the lead single "Running for Miles" and a remixed rendition of one of his biggest hits, "Spring Love", with a guest performance by Pitbull and the music video featuring Russian model Anita Sikorska.
On September 30, 2011, Hill was arrested by Springfield, Massachusetts police officers after his concert in MassMutual Center in Massachusetts due to his owing $420,000 in unpaid child support.