DeVante Swing

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DeVanté Swing
DeVante Swing (center right) with Jodeci
Background information
Birth nameDonald Earle DeGrate Jr.
Born (1969-09-29) September 29, 1969 (age 53)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)Keyboards, piano, drums, guitar, synthesiser
Years active1987–present
Member of

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. He is the older brother of fellow Jodeci member Dalvin DeGrate.[1]


In his early career, Swing served as a mix engineer, while simultaneously producing for other acts. He mix-engineered Hi-Five’s "I Just Can't Handle It" as well as producing several remixes for the track. Swing rose to prominence in the 1990s as the founding member of the R&B group Jodeci, one of the most notable R&B acts of all time.[2] Swing served as the main songwriter, producer and leader of the group. Jodeci also featured his younger brother Dalvin DeGrate. Swing is also credited for discovering several groundbreaking acts such as Timbaland, Missy Elliott,[3] Ginuwine, Stevie J and Static Major. He is also credited as a video director for Jodeci, co-directing the videos for "Feenin'" with the legendary Hype Williams and "Freek'n You" with Brett Ratner.

Swing also mentored Flo Rida[4] in the early stages of his career.



  1. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir (2003). All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 368. ISBN 9780879307448. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  2. ^ Hill, Tanaja (July 3, 2016). "Will There Be A Jodeci Biopic?". The Source. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  3. ^ Bezdecheck, Bethany (15 January 2009). Missy Elliott. The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 9781435857131. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Concepcion, Mariel. "Flo Rida". Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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