Dalvin DeGrate

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Dalvin DeGrate
Birth name Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate
Also known as
  • Dalvin DeGrate
  • Mr. Dalvin
Born (1971-07-23) July 23, 1971 (age 46)
Origin Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts

Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate (born July 23, 1971, in Hampton, Virginia) is an American R&B and soul musician, singer and rapper, best known for his days as Mr. Dalvin, one-quarter of the R&B group Jodeci.[1]


The rapper for the group, DeGrate rarely sang lead on Jodeci tracks, although he has production and songwriting credits on Diary of A Mad Band and The Show, The After Party, The Hotel.[2] He occasionally played drums onstage.[citation needed]

He released his first solo album, Met.A.Mor.Phic, on 18 April 2000, with the single "Why Can't We".[3]

He moved to Def Jam Recordings, and recorded his second album, Met.A.Mor.Phic 2: The Rivalry Of A Singer and A Rapper, with appearances by Method Man, Redman, Ludacris. The album was due to be released in 2010, but he decided to leave Def Jam and form his own label, DeGrate Productions, after a dispute.[citation needed]

His most recent album, titled "Egomaniac", was released in August 2012.

In 2014 DeGrate set up a new record label with music executive Cassandra Mills, called Christo Chrome Music.[4]


DeGrate has a brother, Devante Swing, born Donald DeGrate.[3] They toured as Gospel singers before they joined with JoJo Hailey and K-Ci Hailey (born Cedric Hailey), forming Jodeci.[3]


with Jodeci

Solo albums


  1. ^ "Dalvin DeGrate". IMDb. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Biography: Dalvin DeGrate". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Schumacher-Rasmussen, Eric. "Dalvin DeGrate Says Met.A.Mor.Phic Will Confound Fans". mtv.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Rene, Shameika. "Q&A: Dalvin DeGrate & Cassandra Mills—New Beginnings and a Jodeci Reunion". soultrain.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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