R&B Singer Will Downing Diagnosed With Debilitating DiseaseThu, May 10, 2007
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Downing says that he first came down with symptoms over the holidays when he felt extremely tired and sick. He adds that his fear of doctors kept him from discovering what his pain was. However, the singer says he is now in rehabilitation and working to get himself back in shape. He’s moving slowly, but he’s moving nonetheless and is thankful for that and for the fact that his voice so far has not been affected. Downing says he still plans to release a new CD this September on Peak Records, which was co-founded by Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons.
In 1993, Downing released his fourth album, Love's the Place to Be. Subsequent discs include Moods (1995); Invitation Only (1997); the Gerald Albright collaboration Pleasures of the Night (1998); All the Man You Need (2000); Sensual Journey (2002); Emotions (2003); Christmas, Love and You (2004; and Soul Symphony (2005).
Downing's albums regularly score on the U.S. jazz charts, with both Moods and Pleasures of the Night reaching No. 1 in Billboard. Sensual Journey and Emotions both reached No. 2.