13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the best singers to emerge from the neo-soul movement, Dwele has been putting out exemplary modern R&B music since the turn of the millennium, when he first sold his self-released demo/debut, The Rize, from trunks in his native Detroit. Since then, he's released several high-quality albums (including Subject, Sketches of a Man, and W.ants W.orld W.omen) and lent his ultra-smooth pipes to countless rap records, from artists like Slum Village, Bahamadia, Black Milk, DJ Quik, Pharoahe Monch, Common, and Kanye West. Greater Than One is his fifth album and arguably his best work to date; it's an immensely listenable mix of heartfelt love jams with a noticeable '80s influence, especially on the synth-driven numbers "This Love," "Special," and "Patrick Ronald." In addition to providing top-shelf vocals, he writes every song and plays drums, keyboards, and horns throughout, proving himself a jack-of-all-trades that few can match. Other highlights include "What Profit" and "Love Triangle."

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the best singers to emerge from the neo-soul movement, Dwele has been putting out exemplary modern R&B music since the turn of the millennium, when he first sold his self-released demo/debut, The Rize, from trunks in his native Detroit. Since then, he's released several high-quality albums (including Subject, Sketches of a Man, and W.ants W.orld W.omen) and lent his ultra-smooth pipes to countless rap records, from artists like Slum Village, Bahamadia, Black Milk, DJ Quik, Pharoahe Monch, Common, and Kanye West. Greater Than One is his fifth album and arguably his best work to date; it's an immensely listenable mix of heartfelt love jams with a noticeable '80s influence, especially on the synth-driven numbers "This Love," "Special," and "Patrick Ronald." In addition to providing top-shelf vocals, he writes every song and plays drums, keyboards, and horns throughout, proving himself a jack-of-all-trades that few can match. Other highlights include "What Profit" and "Love Triangle."

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About Dwele

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998's The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson's influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda..., followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West's hit single "Flashing Lights" and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer's streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Detroit, MI
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    February 14, 1978

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