“Private Room” is Avant’s third studio album and the first he recorded for the newly formed MJM-Geffen label. The album was recorded in 2003 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, the Boom Boom Room in Hollywood and Stone Studios in Chicago.
Avant co-wrote and co-produced most of the songs on the album with Steve “Stone” Huff, although this album saw Avant taking more of a leadership role in its production than his previous albums. Avant chose the name “Private Room” because he felt his fans did not really know him, and he wanted to give them a more intimate look at himself. The songs are of a more intimate, deeply personal nature. The album yielded three singles. The first single, “Read Your Mind,” peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America after selling 500,000 copies.