DeVante Swing

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DeVanté Swing
Birth nameDonald Earle DeGrate Jr.
Born (1969-09-29) September 29, 1969 (age 51)
Hampton, Virginia, United States
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • video director
  • pianist
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Donald Earle DeGrate Jr. (born September 29, 1969), better known by his stage name DeVanté Swing, is an American record producer, singer, rapper and songwriter.


Swing became known in the 1990s as the founding member of the R&B group Jodeci, a popular R&B act at that time. Swing served as the main songwriter, producer, and leader of Jodeci which also featured his younger brother Dalvin DeGrate. He is also known for discovering Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Ginuwine, Stevie J, and Static Major. He also acted as a video director for the group, co-directing the videos for "Feenin'" with Hype Williams and "Freek'n You" with Brett Ratner.

Swing also mentored Flo Rida[1] in the early stages of his career.



  1. ^ Concepcion, Mariel. "Flo Rida". Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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