There are a few young soul singers that you can still count on for romantic, sensitive music with live instrumentation and gorgeous lyrical content. Dwele is one of those singers. The Detroit native may be a little under the radar, but if you’ve heard his music, you know that’s just an oversight. He’s put out five CD’s in the last 12 years, so somebody’s listening. Those lucky folks are reaping the benefits of his romantic soul stylings, his sultry vocals and his beautiful melodies. This is grown folks music that plenty of grown folks can appreciate, but it’s also contemporary because even the hip-hop heads gotta put their gear in chill mode sometime. Read more about our latest In-Studio Jam artist.
BORN: Andwele Gardner in Detroit, Michigan
EDUCATION: Two semesters in college until dropping out to pursue music
BIG BREAK: Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village heard Dwele’s CD “Rize” which he recorded on his own and sold out of his car trunk. They put him on their song “Tainted” which lead to work with rapper Bahamadiah and supergroup Lucy Pearl. He got a deal with Virgin Records in 2003.
BACK STORY: Dwele’s father was shot and killed in front of his home when he was 10 years old. He has said that music helped him deal with the trauma from the tragic death.
RESUME: Dwele is the most contemporary extension of the Motown sound, which of course began in the city in the 60’s via the label’s famous studio, Hitsville, which is now a museum.
FUN FACTS: Dwele provided vocals on Kanye West’s songs “Power” and “Flashing Lights.”
LATEST WORK: “Greater than One” out August 28 Pre-order on ITunes here.
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ON TWITTER: @therealdwele
ON YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/dwele24