Atlantic Records has signed R&B singer/songwriter/producer Jaheim, the label announced today (Oct. 17). The former Warner Bros. artist is set to release his still-untitled label debut on Dec. 18.

"This is a milestone project for me, which reflects on changes and growth in my personal and professional life. I produced and wrote half of the album. I'm just focused," Jaheim tells Billboard.biz. "I moved from Warner Brothers to Atlantic and I'm excited about that. I'm with people that understand the market - no disrespect to anyone over there [Warner Brothers]. At this point in my career, I need a company that understands and they [Atlantic] are taking me to a whole new level."

Babyface, R. Kelly, KayGee (Naughty By Nature), Jasper Cameron, The Clutch and Nat Adderley Jr. of Luther Vandross fame lent their production efforts for the set, the latter producing a tribute to the late Vandross. Keyshia Cole is the only feature thus far, though Jaheim hopes to record more collaborative tracks in the coming weeks. The first single off the album is titled "Never."

In addition, Jaheim can be heard on Atlantic's soundtrack to the new Tyler Perry film, "Why Did I Get Married?," which hit stores on Oct. 2. He is featured on "DJ Don't (Remix)," alongside the late Gerald Levert. Jaheim also plans on embarking on a nationwide tour this year.

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