One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Gavin Christopher

“One Step Closer to You” by Gavin Christopher

Gavin Christopher is a R&B singer and musician who has worked with legends such as Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and Herbie Hancock. He wrote a couple of hit songs such as “Once You Get Started,” which was recorded by the band Rufus, and hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975, and “Stars in Your Eyes” by Herbie Hancock.

He moved from Chicago to New York, and signed with EMI Manhattan Records. He released the album One Step Closer. The single “One Step Closer to You” from that album was Christopher’s only hit as a singer. It peaked at #22 on August 16, 1986. He only released one more album – 1987’s Gavin – but did not score any other hits. He has worked as a songwriter and producer for Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and The Ritchie Family. He also mentored and worked with a young Mariah Carey prior to her getting her big break.

Let’s listen to Gavin Christopher’s big break – “One Step Closer to You”:

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