Soul singer Raheem DeVaughn sounds equally inspired by the gospel sounds of the church and the street funk of hip-hop. DeVaughn, who built a credible following on the independent scene touring and releasing mixtapes, was introduced to a wider audience in 2005 with the release of his debut disc The Love Experience, which has sold 1/4 million albums to date just off of word-of-mouth and touring alone. The DC native has always strived to create the perfect hybrid of old school grooves and new school attitude and nowhere is this more evident than on his new album, Love Behind the Melody.
"I know I'm one of the most slept on artists out right now," says Raheem, "Not that I mind being the underdog, but hopefully Love Behind the Melody will change all of that." Already nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at this year's Grammy Awards, Raheem is aided by a roster of A-list producers that includes Mark Batson, Chucky Thompson and Scott Storch on his new album. Two highlights are the lead single "Woman" with its laidback groove and vocal charm, and "Mo Better," a heavy midnight ballad that invokes memories of driving through the deserted streets blaring the Brothers Johnson and the Floaters. The newcomer possesses a falsetto voice like Marvin Gaye, yet his range is way beyond ballads. On "Marathon," Raheem joins forces once again with friend and producer Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and the Scott Storch-produced pop/funk of "Energy" features a stellar guest spot from superstar rapper Big Boi (OutKast). Love Behind the Melody lets Raheem's soul shine, announcing the return of this talented artist who is not going to hold back - but don't just listen to the seven cuts from Love Behind the Melody album on the CD sampler here. Play the DVD to learn more about the new album in an exclusive EPK; watch the sexy-cool video for the first single, "Woman" and then get a brief taste of why Raheem's live shows have become the buzz of industry by watching a clip of him performing "Woman" live in Atlanta earlier this year.
Raheem DeVaughn will perform shows across the US along with Jill Scott on The Real Thing Tour beginning February 5th.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri, 1/18 - on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Tues, 2/5 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Thu, 2/7 and Fri, 2/8 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
Tue, 2/12 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Thu, 2/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Sat, 2/16 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
Tue, 2/19 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
Wed, 2/20 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
Fri, 2/22 and Sat, 2/23 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
Tue, 2/26 and Wed, 2/27 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
Fri, 2/29 - Norfolk, VA - Chrysler Hall
Sun, 3/2 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Wed, 3/5 and Thu, 3/6 - Newark, NJ - NJ Pac
Fri, 3/7 - Philadelphia, PA - Liacouris Center
Sun, 3/9 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
Tue, 3/11 through Sat, 3/15 - Washington DC - Dar Constitution Hall
Sun, 3/16 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theatre
Wed, 3/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center
Fri, 3/21 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theater
Sat, 3/22 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
Tue, 3/25 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Wed, 3/26 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
Fri, 3/28 and Sat, 3/29 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
Sun, 3/30 - Birmingham, AL - Boutwell Auditorium
"Raheem is a gem! A rare find that truly sets him apart from the rest. The minute you hear his voice and songs you have the instant feeling that you're among greatness. He embodies the soul and raw honesty of the legendary artists we long for. A true artist is one that can't be duplicated and Raheem DeVaughn drives in a lane all his own!" — Alicia Keys
"Raheem is the quintessential soul singer for us hip-hop folks. Love, passion, depth and the heart of a hustler!" — Jack Splash a.k.a. Plantlife, Producer (Alicia Keys, Raheem DeVaughn "Mo Betta")
"He's a genuine artist and his live show is incredible. That's what made me want to work with him" — Big Boi of Outkast
"It was an absolute pleasure to finally get in the studio and do some work. We run into each other so much at shows and events that it was only right that we connected musically. I'm so uninspired, I need ya...." — Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry (featured on Raheem DeVaughn's "Marathon")
"Raheem is your favorite artist's favorite artist, your favorite songwriter's favorite songwriter, and your favorite singer's favorite singer. His excellence, diligence, and professionalism are unprecedented." — Mark Batson, Producer (Alicia Keys, Jay-z, Raheem DeVaughn "Butterflies" and "Try Again')