Sources have confirmed that R&B singer Mel Waiters passed away this morning from a long battle with cancer.
Waiters was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where in 1974 he began his performing career at local teen clubs; after a stint as a radio deejay, he was awarded a government contract to entertain at military bases across the southwest.
Waiters began attracting wider audiences on the R&B circuit, and in 1996 and again two years later he won the Jackson Music Award. He enjoyed chart success with ‘Hit It And Quit It’ from his 1995 debut I’m Serious. Another important single success was “Got My Whiskey” from his third album, Woman In Need.
Influenced primarily by Teddy Pendergrass, Waiters’ smooth vocal style and his leaning towards slow, soulful ballads continued to bring him steadily more attention and his fourth album Material Things made the Billboard Top 100 R&B charts. The attendant single ‘Hole In The Wall’ was also a big seller. Among other hit singles have been ‘Man Shoes’, ‘Show You How To Love Again’, ‘How Can I Get Next To You’ and ‘The Smaller The Club’. Relaxed and unpretentious, Waiters’ material and his approach to it has made him a popular and much-heard radio attraction.
Our condolences are with the family and fans. We will keep you posted with updates on his home going arrangements when it is available.
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