Our subject is Dwele from the “D.” I remember the first time I heard of this cat, I was really late, but it was still before “Tainted” came out with Slum Village. It was before his album had even dropped, “Subject,” but he had already splashed some waves on the scene before really emerging. Dwele, you may recognize as of late as the smooth piano playing guy on the McDonalds commercials with the mocha coffee drink. He is a multi-talented musician playing everything from the piano, to trumpet, to bass, to guitar. His journey began at the age of 6 and earlier, when he first began honing his craft and love of music, but from the outside it appears that his success was overnight, knowing that it’s quite the opposite.
To get to the point, the Grammy Chase, Dwele released some SERIOUS music on his albums, which he surely should have been recognized for at the highest level, but it wasn’t until collaborations such as Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Common’s Grammy-nominated single “The People” that Dwele started to be mention in the same sentence as Grammy. Lo and behond, when he put his own spin on Earth, Wind and Fire’s classic hit “That’s the Way of the World,” from Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire,” released on Stax, Dwele found himself as a nominee for Best R&B Alterative/Urban Performance in 2008.
His version is here.
If you need to hear the original, here.
Some of his more recent work: