He was deeply affected by the fatal shooting of his father outside his home when he was age ten, later stating “I learned to put my emotions into music; it was my therapy.”
He cites Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard as favorite artists, and took inspiration from hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, becoming an MC, and working with Slum Village.
Andwele Gardner better known by his stage name Dwele is now an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer. He recorded a demo in his bedroom, called, The Rize, and sold it out of the trunk of his car.
He had about 100 copies, which sold out within a week. He caught the ears of local heroes Slum Village and more specifically their world-renowned producer J Dilla. Slum Village invited Dwele to sing the hook of the song “Tainted” for their album Trinity (Past, Present and Future). It became an instant classic and led to more high profile work with female rapper Bahamadia, the all-star group Lucy Pearl and London’s New Sector Movement.
In a 2005 review in The Independent, his style was summed up: “Dwele’s rooted in vintage soul but isn’t stuck in the past, overly reverential or an exercise in pastiche – there’s a major hip-hop edge which betrays his original incarnation as a rapper.”
A second album, Some Kinda…, followed in 2005. He then later signed with RT Music Group and KOCH records in March, 2008
He released his fourth album titled, W.ants W.orld W.omen on June 29, 2010.
Dwele released the first single, “What Profit”, from his fifth studio album Greater Than One. The song was written and produced by Mike City – the same producer behind his other singles “I Think I Love U” and “What’s Not To Love”. The song was sent to radio on May 22, 2012.
Dwele may not be like some artist and have a lot of accolades and awards but he surely has great music. When you are an artist and your vibe is you and to your own beat and that means more than any award you could ever win because what that means is that you are not in it for all the fame and glory; if that comes with it; then that’s fine but if not; that’s cool too; because you are in it because you are an artist that vibes off of you and not what society want to hear; you make your music based on who you are and what’s fitting to you and that’s exactly what Dwele does. Dwele is an artist that’s passion about his $&%# in my Erykah Badu voice! Make no mistake his music is phenomenal and popular but understand that he vibes to his own beat. And that’s why he is the Fanzyflaminfro Neo-Soul Artist…..or in his voice (Vintage Soul) Artist of the week!
And for those of you who don’t think so; take a look at his track record.
Women lie, men lie but records don’t lie……………….
And that’s in my Jay Z voice. LOL! I’m on a roll today with the voices, y’all.
But hold up; I got something else for you…………………
For those of you who would like to check Dwele out in person and are in the STL area around December 14, it was just posted by Kevin C. Johnson email@example.com 314-340-8191 and yes this is his contact link that I pulled from the site; that Dwele will be headline DELUX magazine’s holiday party Dec. 14 at Rustic Goat for……………..
“An Evening with Dwele — Live and Unplugged.”…
So there you go; go check him out; Fanzyflaminfro may just be in the house too. Click link below for more information.
|US||US Ind||US R&B|
|2008||Sketches of a Man||35||4||7|
|2010||W.ants W.orld W.omen||28||3||9|
|2012||Greater Than One||30||6||9|
|2003||“Find a Way”||93||42||Subject|
|2004||“Hold On” (featuring Eric Roberson)||–||53|
|2005||“I Think I Love U”||–||53||Some Kinda…|
|2007||“The People” (with Common)||111||56||Finding Forever|
|“Flashing Lights” (with Kanye West)||29||12||Graduation|
|2008||“I’m Cheatin”||–||29||Sketches of a Man|
|“A Few Reasons (Truth Pt.2)”||–||75|
|2010||“What’s Not to Love”||–||43||W.ants W.orld W.omen|
|2012||“What Profit”||–||38||Greater Than One|
|2013||“Drive the Future”||–||–||TBA|
Albums Featured On
|2002||Trinity (Past, Present and Future) (Slum Village)|
|2003||New Awakening (DJ MITSU The Beats)|
|2004||Pure (Boney James)|
|Detroit Deli (Slum Village)|
|The Undeniable (Phat Kat)|
|2006||Shine (Boney James)|
|SOULidified (Hil St. Soul)|
|The Shining (J Dilla) “Dime Piece (Remix)”|
|Dirty District Vol.3 (Brucie B.)|
|Witness My Growth (Elzhi)|
|2007||Desire (Pharoahe Monch album)|
|Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 (2Pac) “Straight Through My Rear View”|
|Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire|
|“Flashing Lights” (with Kanye West) from Graduation|
|2008||Brooklyn’s Don Diva (Foxy Brown) “Never Heard This Before”|
|Of All The Things (Jazzanova album) (Jazzanova)|
|The Dresden Soul Symphony|
|Tronic (Black Milk) “Long Story Short” (flugelhorn solo)|
|Man vs. Many (Nefew)|
|2009||Death of a Man Rebirth of a King (Pryslezz)|
|2010||“Power” (with Kanye West) from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy|
|2011||“Flower Girl” (with Maysa) from Motions Of Love|
|“Celebrity” (with Big Sean) from Finally Famous|
|“Time Stands Still” (with DJ Quik) from The Book of David|