Avant Feels "Magic" Touch For Debut Record

R&B newcomer Avant is currently lighting up the charts with his first single "Separated," a song he describes as a heart-wrenching confession about a love gone wrong that is currently at number ten on Urban radio, according to R&R.

Avant hails from Cleveland, Ohio and his big break came when basketball legend Magic Johnson heard his music, and made Avant the first artist to be signed to Johnson's fledgling MJM label.

"I was sending my CDs to different record companies and at the time they weren't signing anyone, so I sent it to Magic Johnson." Avant said. "He was walking past his office and someone was playing [my demo] and he was like, 'Is this kid signed?' and they were like, 'No!' So he flew me out [to L.A.] the next week and I was signed at MJM music."

Avant's debut album, "My Thoughts," is scheduled to arrive in record stores this week.