Avant is a multi-platinum American R&B singer best known for hits such as "Separated," "My First Love," and "Read Your Mind". He was featured in the remix to the Lloyd Banks song "Karma" from the 2004 album The Hunger for More, and has also had a cameo appearance in the 2004 feature film BarberShop 2: Back in Business. He also did a remix of The Pussycat Dolls song "Stickwitu." Avant has also appeared on the Oxygen Network reality TV show Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency when he asked Janice to have models dance with him during the release party of the album Director. Avant has recently left Geffen Records and signed with Capitol Records. His new single, "When It Hurts", has reached number 18 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. His self-titled fifth album, Avant, was released on December 9, 2008.