Personnel: Avant, Olivia (vocals); Baby Dubb (various instruments, programming); Stizzle (various instruments, background vocals); Darius Brooks (piano); Caleb "K-Dog" Huff, SDM Choir (background vocals).
Producers: Stizzle, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Harold Lilly, Jr.
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; Boom Boom Room, Hollywood, California and Stone Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Personnel: Avant (vocals, background vocals); Olivia, Bumpy Johnson (vocals); David Katz, Patrick Brennan , Marlou Johnston, Lenore McIntyre, Teresa Fream (violin); Edward Moore (cello); Darius Brooks (strings, piano); Stizzle (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peter Mokran.
Recording information: Stone Recording Studio, Chicago, IL; The Boom Boom Room, Hollywood, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Editors: Chris Brickley; Peter Mokran.
Photographer: Keith Major.
In the classic mold of mack-daddy R&B crooners, Avant is a man with one thing on his mind, and it's the sort of thing that's best appreciated in a PRIVATE ROOM. On "Read Your Mind," for instance, at a key point in the song, everything stops while Avant lets out one of the loudest, lustiest sighs in the history of recorded music. As a matter of course, most of the tracks on PRIVATE ROOM are in the time-tested slow-jam vein, giving Avant plenty of room for whispering, cajoling, cooing, and otherwise working his musical wiles. Nevertheless, "Heaven" has an almost 1970s-sounding melodic pop flavor, and "You" is carried along by a driving hip-hop beat. Things get pretty hot in Avant's PRIVATE ROOM, but his simmering, romantic style makes sure that they never overheat.