Raheem DeVaughn at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $32.00 in advance, $35.00 day of show
The son of renowned jazz musician Abdul Wadud, R&B singer-songwriter Raheem DeVaughn grew up in Maryland and cut his teeth performing in clubs throughout Washington, D.C. After several indie releases, which he sold on the streets and at his shows, the crooner signed with Jive Records and dropped The Love Experience, his slept-on 2005 debut. DeVaughn broke through commercially with 2008's Love Behind the Melody, which earned him two Grammy nods, two BET J Awards for Best Male R&B Artist and Album of the Year, as well as a prime slot on tour with Jill Scott. The disc featured the smash hits "Woman" and "Customer."
With The Love & War MasterPeace (2010), DeVaughn's latest and most ambitious album to date, he takes head on the challenges facing the world today - global warming, economic recession, the war on terror, natural disasters, and more. Largely produced by Kenny Dope, the Grammy-nominated disc is a combination of songs that are half socially conscious, and half love. "With everything going on, it just feels like the right time for it," explains the soul singer. "As a country I think we've made some progress, but we remain divided - it's still poverty versus wealth and good versus evil. We're separated by skin color and religion, politics, and control over natural resources. I think of this album as a natural extension of where I am personally and where we are as a nation."
Although he's become one of modern soul's most beloved artists, DeVaughn continues to grind. In addition to releasing numerous mixtapes over the past decade, he's co-written songs with funk legend Bootsy Collins and appeared in first acting role playing blues singer Andrew Tibbs in Who Do You Love (2008), a biopic about Chess Records. He also leads the DMV Movement, an artistic union of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia artists, including Wale and Phil Ade (who is the first signed artist from his newly formed 368 Music Group record label). DeVaughn has also taken a philanthropic stance by recently partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce a series of PSAs about HIV/AIDS prevention. While narrow minds might find it difficult to reconcile all of DeVaughn's passions, he remains firmly committed to being every bit of himself, in his music and more.