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Birth Name:
Andwele Gardner

Born:
Dwele

Genre:
R&B/Soul

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Dwele

Biography

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998's The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson's influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda..., followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West's hit single "Flashing Lights" and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer's streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves.

Top Albums


1. Drive the Fu..

2. Sketches of ..

3. Greater Than..

4. Wants World ..

5. Subject

6. Sketches of ..

7. Some Kinda....

8. What's Up (I..

9. Can't Take I..

10. What Profit ..

11. Call Me - Si..

12. What's Not t..

13. I'm Cheatin'..

14. Sleep Well (..

15. For Lovers O..

16. Hold On (Rem..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Find a WaySubject4:09$1.29
2.
I'm Cheatin'Sketches of a Man (Bonus Tr..3:42$0.99
3.
I Think I Love USome Kinda...3:41$1.29
4.
Drive the FutureDrive the Future - Single3:23$0.99
5.
Can't Take It (feat. Dwele) [Mil..Tarifa Sandfloor Club, Vol...6:23$0.99
6.
Count Back30 Second Ring Tones0:32$0.99
7.
StarTrinity (Past, Present and ..3:21$1.29
8.
Count the WaysDetroit Deli (A Taste of De..4:33$1.29
9.
CloserDetroit Deli (A Taste of De..5:00$1.29
10.
Hold On (Remix Extended Version) [fe..Hold On (Remix Extended Ver..4:33$1.29
11.
StarTrinity (Past, Present and ..3:20$1.29
12.
Find a WayFor Lovers Only... A Valent..4:09$1.29
13.
I Think I Love UFor Lovers Only... A Valent..3:48$1.29
14.
Weekend LoveFor Lovers Only... A Valent..3:44$1.29
15.
Let Your Hair DownSubject4:12$1.29
16.
A.N.G.E.L. (Reprise)Subject3:50$1.29
17.
Lady At MahoganySubject4:07$1.29
18.
Whoomp (Interlude)Subject3:36$1.29
19.
Without YouSubject4:07$1.29
20.
Kick Out of YouSubject4:07$1.29
21.
Hold OnSubject3:42$1.29
22.
Money Don't Mean a ThingSubject3:30$1.29
23.
Sho Ya RightSubject4:17$1.29
24.
SubjectSubject4:01$1.29
25.
Day At a TimeSubject4:35$1.29

Top Music Videos


1. Flashing Light..

2. Flashing Light..

3. I'm Cheatin'

4. What's Not to ..

5. I'm Cheatin' (..

6. What Profit

7. Find A Way


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