DeP (musician)

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Donald DeP Paige
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Background information
Birth nameDonald Paige
BornHouston, Texas
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresR&B/Soul, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, model
Years active2005–present
LabelsMMG, Elite Records, Versatile
Associated actsBeyonce, Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Ne-Yo, Sunday Service Choir, ThinkDeP
Websitewww.thinkdep.com

Donald Paige, known professionally as DeP (pronounced Deep), is an American singer, actor and model based in Los Angeles, California and a member of the Beta Beta chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He released his debut single For Me in 2005. Donald "DeP" Paige specializes in skills that range from in front of the camera talents and behind the scenes business, this triple threat has been making waves for years. DeP's music is influenced by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Missy Elliott, Yolanda Adams, and Tank amongst several others. DeP has shared the stage and opened up for prominent music artists including Beyonce, Kanye West, John Legend, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Andra Day, and Ne-Yo. He has also performed at 2016 TV Land Awards, 2016 ESPY Awards and 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Think DeP

Early life[edit]

DeP was born and raised in Houston, Texas, into a musical family with extensive roots in gospel music. Many of his family members are charter members of the Southeast Inspirational Choir, which propelled the careers of gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams, Brenda Waters, Shirley Joiner, Carl Preacher, Rise Joiner-Peters, Angela Bennet and Greg Curtis[1] Being raised in the Outreach Missionary Baptist church, he began first singing gospel music at the age of 6. DeP would experience his first acting opportunity when he landed roles in a Six Flags commercial. He attended performing arts schools starting in elementary up until high school High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston as a double focus in vocal and piano with other great talents such as Robert Glasper. He also was a part of the young performers at The Ensemble Theatre with fellow members Solange Knowles, Miss Mykie and more.[2] He also studied piano at A All About Music. After performing secular music in High School, he transferred to Westbury High School during his Second year, he knew that he wanted to become a professional performing artist. Shortly after enrolling in college at Texas College, where he joined the Beta Beta Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in Spring 2001,[3] DeP was offered a record deal with Versatile Records in Washington DC. While growing as a credited singer, songwriter and performer, his coordinating and business skills were developed working under Rep. Al Edwards, Rob Turner of Able Ten Inc, The PHD Conference and several non profit Organizations.

Early career[edit]

During his time at Texas College in Tyler TX. DeP was signed to Versatile Records in Washington D.C. where he first began releasing his own music, which resulted in his first national release, his EP entitled "For Me".[4] After parting ways with Versatile Records, DeP joined New York City based male R&B group, Diehard in the mid 2000s. Diehard changed their name to Signature shortly after he joined. The group was signed to Blackball Records and then bought out by Elite Records who got them their debut breakout performance of their single Get It In on BET's popular video countdown show, 106 & Park. After a few years, DeP parted ways with the group and took a break from entertainment to flex his business goals and complete his degree in Education. During this time, he started a program called Operation Clicks, a computer literacy course for senior citizens, with the Greater Houston Area Health Education Center.

Once again rejuvenated to continue his singing, acting and modeling career, DeP relocated to Los Angeles. Since then his performance career has flourished appearing in several commercials for companies including Beats by Dre and Dos Equis.

2005–2013[edit]

DeP released his first EP, For Me in 2005.[5]

In 2008, he released his debut single titled Something More which was a slow groove R&B ballad, the single was coproduced by Lejuan Samuels.[6]

In 2008 DeP released his second EP, The Truth, with MMG Record Label which included the popular hit, "Something More.[7]

In 2010 DeP launched a full scale marketing company, Think DeP Entertainment, which specializes in artist development, vocal coaching, EPK creation, literary services, social media optimization, web presence building and more. His second EP, The Truth was also released same year on MMG.

He collaborated with Don Benjamin and released his second single Sugar Rush in 2012. DēP's third single was Contract which was also released in 2012.

The year was 2013 and DeP was featured as a Doo Wap singer, in the popular commercial series featuring "The most interesting man in the world" by Dos Equis. The commercial ran for 2 years to become DeP's first major commercial as a lead. The commercial was produced by Radical Media and directed by Steve Miller.[8]

In 2013, he released his fourth single Celebrate which was produced by Davion Botts. ThinkDeP

2014–2017[edit]

By 2015, DeP had joined the ranks of many of the in demand performing artist in the Los Angeles area, resulting in opportunities to sing background and record with several megastars. Most notably performing with Beyonce at the Grammy Awards of 2015, Grammy Salutes: Stevie Wonder.[9]

In 2015 DeP was hired by producer, Bill Brummel, to voice the role of Lawerence Huggins for the Documentary, Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot.[10] The documentary that tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South, would be DeP's first voice over role.[11] It has since become a tool for middle school and high school classrooms across the US.[12]

DeP also landed a placement of an original song produced by Theo Gearring, "1st Sight", in the 2015 Romantic Comedy, My Favorite Five.[13]

It wasn't until 2016 that DeP released his first LP, Think DēP Reloaded. The LP included all of his previously released singles and some new songs including the popular single, Red Light.[14] The single Red Light Pt. II[15] was the breakout single from this project.

During this time, DeP would be seen everywhere touring and with performances at the 2016 TV Land Awards, 2016 ESPYS and 2016 White Hot Holiday. DēP has also appeared in several music videos including Matrimony by Wale and Usher, Bang Bang, and So in Love (Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton song). DeP also appeared in several publications including Vibe, Rolling Stone, Sheen Magazine and Baller Alert and the 17th issue of The Grynd Report.[16] He also became the Los Angeles brand ambassador for Upscale Men's Jewelery and Grooming Line for Teddy Winston Brand.[17] He was published over 30 times in various magazines, books and blogs during this stint.

2018–present[edit]

Throughout 2018 DeP worked with several aspiring artist across the US, successfully releasing EP's and Singles for some of them which featured him as a writer, co-producer, A&R and performer including his features on Latin Pop artist Bianca Acosta's Christmas single "Ode To Mary" and Hip Hop artist Jai G's, "Edna Jean".

In 2018, DeP began to see success in acting. He landed his first lead role for a short film called This Side Up, a true story about Henry Brown's infamous escape from slavery by mailing himself to freedom and has had cameos in several TV shows including "Will & Grace" and "The Rookie".

DeP was named one of 2019 Top 50 Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs of Texas awarded by D Mars Magazine and recognized by the US Congress for his work in helping develop young talent and entrepreneurship.

The Tom Joyner Foundation launched a podcast in 2019, HBCUbiquity, that spotlights HBCU's and the lifestyle around them.[18] Calling upon DeP to write and perform the podcast opening song, he delivered a song that brought the necessary energy to bring life to the opening of the podcast.[19]

In 2019 DeP joined the viral singing group powered by Hip Hop Mogul Kanye West, The Samples, Gaining notoriety for their performances and unique remixes at Kanye West' Sunday Service.[20] On Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, Their groundbreaking performance at the 2019 Coachella Music festival is the first spiritual/religious focus act to ever appear and stream on the world renown stage.[21] That performance catapulted the Samples and Sunday Service into being one of the most in demand experiences of the year thus far. In 2019, DeP was able to help produce two shows in his hometown of Houston Tx for the Houston Correctional Facility which featured Kanye West and The Sunday Service Collective. Those two shows were the first shows of its kind by the group. The Houston run was completed with a mega performance at Joel Osteen Lakewood Church [22] In June 2019, Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective, along with the Samples, were featured in GQ Italia. That month's addition released two covers featuring Keanu Reeves and Kanye West. DeP is featured on page 180 of the magazine.[23] The Sunday Service Choir and Kanye West released Jesus is King and Jesus is Born in 2019, both dominating Billboard chops to land the number 1 and 2 spots, respectively.

The live action reboot of The Lion King was expected to dominate the box offices in Summer of 2019 and it delivered. A New original song entitled Spirit performed by Beyonce features DeP and a few other LA based male artist, all whom have previously worked with the megastar, singing background.[24] "Spirit was nominated for a Golden Globe and 2 Grammy Awards making DeP a Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist.

He is currently working on several projects including a highly anticipated book release for "Fallback to Step Up: Things to Fall Back From In Order To Step Up Your Life" and REBIRTH, a full sensory immersive experience.

Fast forward, to his current project Edibles and Elevation[25] which he says "I’m talking about something that's a very sexy conversation, but the elevation part is elevating your mindset." The project came at a time when the entertainer was seeming to be falling out of love with music. "I was falling out love with music because I wasn't creating music that I loved, but I brought it back with Edibles and Elevation." The project came after having a 420 session where the artist says "I loved the conversations that my peers and I were having." “I loved the outlook that I had, and for the first time, I could stop the business approach to my creativity."[26]

In 2020, DeP was asked to be a part of several performance with Superstar John Legend including the dynamic BET Awards performance and the unforgettable 2 day performance at the first ever virtual Democratic National Convention. DeP was also honored to provide background vocals for Beyonce Knowles to honor the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant.

Able to take a moment for his roots and hometown, DeP stage managed the 50th anniversary for the Legendary Gospel Choir, Southeast Inspirational Choir. The epic concert featured the choir, Yolanda Adams, of which he directed her hit song "You Made The Difference", Donald Lawrence, Kim Burell, Kathy Taylor and The Walls Group.

September 4th, to commemorate his 38th birthday, DeP partnered with Nathaniel Kemp of Digital Frog Photography and released a fully authenticated limited edition photo collection. X-pression 38. The Photo collection boast of only 38 limited edition photos from a 2 year shoot that the duo collaborated on to be a part of a special 2022 project entitled Rebirth. [27]

DēP is committed to fulfill his purpose of being a positive influence and empowering people to think deep, pursue their dreams and live out of a box. H life motto is "Nothing is Happenstance" and we agree. Follow his journey and some of his amazing clients at ThinkDeP.com or @ThinkDEP on all social media outlets.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • For me (2005)
  • Something More (2008)
  • Contract (2012)
  • Celebrate (2013)
  • Red Light Coproduced by Davion Botts and Donald Paige (2016)
  • Red Light Pt. II Coproduced by Davion Botts and Donald Paige (2016)
  • Ode To Mary Bianca Acosta Ft. DeP (2018)
  • Fallback (2019)

Albums[edit]

  • For Me EP (2005)
  • The Truth (2008)
  • Think DeP Reloaded (2016)
  • The Gift: Lion King "SPIRIT" (2019)
  • Jesus is King (2019)
  • Jesus is Born (2019)
  • Edibles and Elevation (In Production)

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2020 Black Is King Featured Film
2020 Will & Grace Tourist Supporting Cast
2019 Lion King Singer "Spirit" Featured Film
2019 Jesus Is King SELF Short
2019 This Side Up: The True Story of Henry Brown Henry Brown Short
2018 The Choir Director Choir Member Male Lead Supporting Cast
2017 Kings Rioter Supporting Cast
2017 The Preacher's Son Choir Member Male Lead Supporting Cast
2015 Straight Outta Compton DJ Hype Man Supporting Cast
2015 My Favorite Five Singer "1st Sight" Music Department
2015 Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot Lawrence Huggins (Voice) Short
2014 Rake Party Guest TV Series – Serial Killer episode[28]
2011 Graceland Party Boy Short
2011 We The People With Gloria Allred Jack Jacobson TV Series – Baby Swab/Flowers From Hell episode[29]
2011 Black Gold Militant Leader Supporting Cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeP Soul Tacks Artist Spotlight Retrieved July 18, 2019
  2. ^ The path to stardom started amidst the church walls in Houston, TX Retrieved December 20, 2016
  3. ^ Famous members of Kappa Alpha Psi Retrieved July 24, 2019
  4. ^ Meet DeP Voyage LA Retrieved November 9, 2020
  5. ^ Me by DeP at Allmusic.com Retrieved December 20, 2016
  6. ^ More was released in 2008 Retrieved December 2016
  7. ^ Donald Paige Discography Retrieved December 25, 2016
  8. ^ Dos Equis Doo Wap Commercial 24 July 2019
  9. ^ DeP has shared stage and worked alongside some of the prominent music figures Retrieved December 20, 2016
  10. ^ Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot IDMB Retrieved July 2019
  11. ^ Tolerance In The Classroom Retrieved July 2019
  12. ^ Zinn Education Project Clarssroom Materials Retrieved July 2016
  13. ^ My Favorite Five IMDb Retrieved July 24, 2019
  14. ^ DeP Reloaded reviewed at Allmusic.com Retrieved December 2016
  15. ^ "Dep (3) – Red Light Pt. II". discogs. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  16. ^ [http://www.tampamystic.com/out-now-the-grynd-report-issue-17-warchyld-edition-warchyld_ent/ DeP sits with The Grynd Report] Retrieved November 9,2020
  17. ^ Winston Brand Ambassadors[permanent dead link] Retrieved December 25, 2016
  18. ^ Recording artist DeP on title song Retrieved July 24, 2019
  19. ^ HBCU Biquity podcast song features LA based recording artist DeP Retrieved July 24, 2019
  20. ^ Kanye West talks to David Letterman about Sunday Service and more Retrieved July 24, 2019
  21. ^ DeP and other Houston Natives Shine at Coachella Sunday Service Retrieved July 24, 2019
  22. ^ Kanye West and Sunday Service at Lakewood Church with Houston Natives Philip Cornish, Donald DeP Paige and more Retrieved November 9, 2020
  23. ^ GQ Italia features Kanye West and Sunday Service Collective Retrieved July 24, 2019
  24. ^ Spirit from Disney's Lion King Retrieved July 24, 2019
  25. ^ BOSS UP Magazine Spotlight DeP Retrieved July 25, 2019
  26. ^ Artist DeP Discusses Entertainment and Elevation Retrieved July 18, 2019
  27. ^ Photographer Nathaniel Kemp of Digital Frog and DeP join forces for Xpression 38 Retrieved November 9, 2020
  28. ^ Rake "TV Series" Retrieved July 12, 2019
  29. ^ We The People With Gloria Allred "TV Series" Retrieved July 12, 2019

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