DeVante Swing Biography, Age, Children, Wife

DeVante Swing is an esteemed rap, singing, songwriting, production, and mentorship figure. He is renowned for his influential contributions to the R&B group Jodeci.

He is a founding member of the Jodeci quartet singing group, which started in 1988 as a duo with singers DeVanté Swing and JoJo. Later, their brothers joined the group. Jodeci is still active, and their latest performance was during the Summer Block Party tour, where they reunited alongside SWV and Dru Hill.

Profile Summary

Name Donald Earle DeGrate Jr
Age 54 years old
Date of Birth September 29, 1969
Place of Birth Hampton, Virginia, U.S
Nationality American
Profession Rapper
Mother Mary DeGrate
Father Donald Earle DeGrate
Sibling Dalvin DeGrate
Wife Miranda Santana
Daughter Dyana DeGrate
Son Justin DeGrate
Height 6’1″
Weight 70kg

DeVante Swing Biography

Originally named Donald Earle DeGrate Jr, DeVante Swing entered this world on September 29, 1969, in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

He is the son of Donald DeGrate (father) and Mary DeGrate (mother) and is the elder brother of Dalvin DeGrate, who, like him, is a songwriter, producer, and rapper.

Despite being born in Hampton, he spent his formative years in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Regarding his educational journey, details remain undisclosed and hidden from public knowledge.

Professional Career

DeVante Swing has always been passionate about his musical craft. He began treading the waters of the music industry with a strong passion that fuelled him enough to travel to Minneapolis in 1985, at age 16, hoping to audition for Prince at Paisley Park Studios.

Despite facing resistance and rejection, he persisted, spending time at Paisley Park daily, seeking opportunities, and begging people to listen to his tape.

Undeterred, he moved to North Carolina to concentrate on improving his songwriting and production skills.

In the early stages of his career in the music industry, he worked as a mix engineer and contributed to different projects. One of his notable works was as a mix engineer for Hi-Five’s “I Just Can’t Handle It” which was a 1990 hit reaching #3 on the R&B charts. DeVanted worked on several remixes for the track.

DeVante got his ground in the music industry when he founded Jodeci, an R&B group consisting of himself, his brother Dalvin DeGrate, Joel Hailey, and K-Ci. The quartet R&B group name was coined from their names. Jo – Joel, De – DeGrate and DeVante, Ci – K-ci

DeVante held a crucial role as the primary songwriter, producer, and leader within the group. The name “Jodeci” was a combination of letters from the four members’ names.

Jodeci quickly gained fame on the U.S. R&B charts, releasing three highly successful studio albums. Their debut album, “Forever My Lady” (1991), achieved 3x Platinum status and reached #1 on the US R&B chart.

Their subsequent albums, “Diary of a Mad Band” (1993) and “The Show, the After Party, the Hotel” (1995), achieved 2x Platinum and Platinum certifications, respectively, claiming top spots on various music charts.

DeVante’s impact extends beyond Jodeci, as he played a crucial role in discovering and nurturing talents like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Stevie J, and Static Major. Additionally, he showcased his directing skills by co-directing notable Jodeci music videos.

Album Discography

  • Forever My Lady (1991)
  • Diary of a Mad Band (1993)
  • The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995)

Some Songs from his Albums

  • “Stay” from “Forever My Lady” (1991)
  • “Feenin’” from “Diary of a Mad Band” (1993)
  • “Cry for You” from “Diary of a Mad Band” (1993)
  • “My Heart Belongs To U” from “Diary of a Mad Band” (1993)
  • “Get On Up” from “The Show, the After Party, the Hotel” (1995)
  • “I’m Still Waiting” from “Forever My Lady” (1991)

Personal Life

While DeVante prefers to keep his personal life discreet, reports suggest he is married to Miranda Santana. He is a proud parent to Justin DeGrate – his son and Dyana DeGrate – his daughter.

Physical Appearance and Measurements

DeVante Swing is known for his appearance as a Black American artist with dark hair, black eyes, and tattoos. He stands at the height of 6’1″ (1.85m) and weighs approximately 70kg (154lbs).

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