Raheem DeVaughn Biography

New Jersey, USA. This R&B vocalist is the son of noted jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, and naturally his early years were spent in a musical environment. Raised in Maryland, DeVaughn began singing in a vocal group at college and before long was devoting all his energies to making music his career. He formed the Urban Ave 31 project with vocalist Tennyson Richards and producer Omar Retnu. Beginning with 2002’s The Healing: Daily Dosage, they released a number of independent albums through Universal People Improvement and their own Urban Ave Music imprint. The trio, often augmented by additional members, enjoyed notable success on the underground circuit with their blend of socially aware lyrics, DeVaughn’s smooth soul vocals, and Retnu’s cutting edge production style.

It was DeVaughn’s impressive vocal technique that made the most impact however, attracting the attention of Jive Records and leading to a solo recording contract. His debut album The Love Experience, released in summer 2005, drew inspiration from classic 70s soul for its musical direction, exhibiting less of a cutting production edge than his work with Urban Ave 31. The singer’s second album, Love Behind The Melody (2008), was an even more mainstream recording that featured help from leading writer/producers Bryan Michael Cox, Scott Storch and Chucky Thompson.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.