||Donald DeGrate, Jr.
|Also known as
September 29, 1969 |
||Charlotte, North Carolina
||R&B, hip hop, soul
||Record producer, singer, rapper, songwriter, video director
||Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Talk box
||Sean Combs, Ginuwine, Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo, Missy Elliott, Playa, Timbaland, Al B. Sure!, Static Major
Donald Earle DeGrate, Jr. (born September 29, 1969 in Hampton, Virginia, better known by his stage name DeVante Swing, is an American record producer, singer, rapper and songwriter. Swing rose to fame in the 1990s as the founding member of the trendsetting R&B group Jodeci, one of the more popular R&B acts of its time. Swing served as the main songwriter, producer, and leader of Jodeci which also featured his younger brother Dalvin DeGrate.
Swing went on to form his own record label, Swing Mob, which signed artists and producers such as Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, Playa,and Timbaland at the beginning of their careers. Swing also produced 2Pac's "No More Pain" on the 1996 album All Eyez on Me which saw somewhat of a departure from what he normally produced for Jodeci. He also produced three songs on Danny Boy's It's About Time (2010) album. As well as producing and songwriting for numerous other artists such as Al Green, Montell Jordan, Ray J, Kurupt, Sisqo, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson. He will release his new album, Swingin' Love, in the near future.