N'Dea Davenport

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N'Dea Davenport
Background information
Born (1966-09-22) September 22, 1966 (age 54)
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Years active1988–present
Associated actsThe Brand New Heavies

N'Dea Davenport (born September 22, 1966)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and producer. She was the lead vocalist in the UK acid jazz band the Brand New Heavies and made pioneering contributions to the genre of acid jazz.


Her diverse projects include collaborations with music producers and artists, such as Mark Ronson, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Madonna, Natalie Merchant, Mos Def, Sly and Robbie, J Dilla, and Malcolm McLaren. Dance scholarships, acting and music were the core of her developments as an artist and entertainer. Immediately after finishing college, she left her then home of Atlanta, Georgia, en route to Los Angeles. There she engaged in theatrical productions and commercial music video and was embraced by artists in both art, music and popular culture. Her legacy as an artist began also with her involvement in the burgeoning Los Angeles underground club and rave scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Working simultaneously as a dance artist and recording and commercial studio session singer, Davenport was soon connected with Fab Five Freddy, who recommended her to a DJ friend at new upstart label Delicious Vinyl. Eurythmics member and producer Dave Stewart offered Davenport a recording contract a year prior when introduced through a collaboration with Bootsy Collins and Malcolm McLaren, where she was featured on McLaren's Waltz Darling LP. She declined Stewart’s offer at the time due to his requirement for her to relocate to London, England. Later to ink a solo development deal with Delicious Vinyl, who made introductions to her future bandmates, The Brand New Heavies who at the time had no singer. With the core band members based in London, she decided to relocate there.

The band’s initial UK indie label Acid Jazz Records, struck a deal with London Records for distribution in Europe and the rest of the world. During this period, the band produced a string of international albums and singles, invigorating a global movement and popularized the musical term known as acid jazz. Parallel to this, Davenport completed work on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, with Guru.

In 1995, Davenport left the group citing irreconcilable differences, returning to the US and choosing New Orleans as a home base while she pursued other collaborations, and completed work on her solo recording with Delicious Vinyl. Encouragement received from her associate and record producer Daniel Lanois, resulted in the completion of her debut solo effort as producer, all except for four songs, produced by Dallas Austin. While her association with Delicious Vinyl was dissolving, Davenport's project was picked up by the newly formed label owned by Sir Richard Branson. In 1997, her self-titled debut solo recording on V2 Records was released. She toured extensively in support of the album, around Europe, North America and Australia and with the concert series Lilith Fair. When the relationship at V2 came to an end she continued musically primarily focusing on European dance music projects.

Davenport held residency in New Orleans but lived primarily in New York City. Her diverse musical tastes led to an eventual stance as a New York club DJ and she continues to DJ on special events around Asia. In 2006, she re-emerged once more with the Brand New Heavies for one last album release of Get Used To It. Her latest project is with collaborator Katsuya Everywhere in the multi-media based electronic and acoustic duo Celectrixx, which was conceived in Japan.



Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heatseekers
N'Dea Davenport 56 14
  • US: 90,000+


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Dance
1998 "Bring It On" 75 52 N'Dea Davenport
1999 "Underneath a Red Moon"
"Whatever You Want"
2006 "One Day My Love" 10 Non-album single
2011 "Destiny"
"Love with Desire"
2013 "I Might Do Something Wrong"

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
1993 "Trust Me" (Guru featuring N'Dea Davenport) 34 Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1
1995 "Freedom (Theme from Panther)" (with Various artists) 18 Panther
2001 "You Can't Change Me" (Roger Sanchez featuring Armand Van Helden and N'Dea Davenport) 25 First Contact
2015 "Touch the Sky" (Guri Guri Boys featuring N'Dea Davenport) Non-album single

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Notable collaborations[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d N'Dea Davenport - Chart History. Billboard. Retrieved on May 28, 2017
  3. ^ N'Dea Davenport UK Chart History. Official Charts. Retrieved on May 28, 2017
  4. ^ "Madonna-Free Zone; Malcolm did it first". 12 February 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Short-Cut: Malcolm McLaren – "Deep In Vogue" – CATCH FIRE". www.catch-fire.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ Murray, Bill (August 1, 2006). "An interview with the Brand New Heavies — Brand New Heavies on Get Used To It". Remix Magazine. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  7. ^ Jonathan Widran. "One Passion - Michael Paulo | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  8. ^ "Album on Just Funked". Retrieved 21 June 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "DJ Krush - 漸 -Zen-". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Fred Everything - Lost Together". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  11. ^ "José Padilla - Navigator". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Robbie Williams - Rudebox". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Sly & Robbie - Version Born". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Return of the Headhunters! - The Headhunters - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  15. ^ "The Headhunters - Return Of The Headhunters". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Roger Sanchez - First Contact". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Shuya Okino - Destiny". Discogs. Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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