With a sound as fresh as the present, and a voice reminiscent of the past, Warren Dean Flandez can ease your soul and break your heart with a single note.
As he prepares to release his debut album, Vintage Love, Warren Dean Flandez is ready to spread his infectious blend of old school soul, edgy hip-hop and traditional R&B. His ability to mix genres has given him mass appeal that spans generations, as evidenced by the range of ages seen at his live shows.
Warren was born in Yellowknife, just south of the Arctic Circle – a far cry from the streets of Los Angeles or New York – but spent much of his childhood with extended family in Virginia Beach, a hotbed for urban music. His family eventually settled in Vancouver, BC, where Warren learned piano and took up singing.
Warren was recognized early for his dark, mature-sounding voice and creamy falsetto, and grew up singing in the church, steeped in the rich tapestry of gospel music. While his peers were tuning into the latest trends on the top 40 charts, Warren was being schooled in the music of soul legends like Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green.
At the age of 15, Warren began singing in a gospel choir under the mentorship of Checo Tohomaso, former backup singer and keyboardist for Marvin Gaye. While honing his vocals with the choir, Warren began to work on original solo material, cutting demos with local producers and performing around Vancouver.
Warren eventually teamed up with Vancouver producer Mike Southworth, a collaboration that quickly resulted in the development of two albums worth of material. Warren’s demo eventually found its way into the hands of Mitchell Davis of The Artist Partnership, son of music mogul Clive Davis.
Under Mitchell’s management, Warren was selected to open for the late James Brown on his last tour before he passed away, and supported British soul songstress Joss Stone on the only Canadian date of her ‘Introducing Joss Stone’ tour. Brilliant showcase performances at NXNE in 2008 and JunoFest in 2009 have garnered attention for Warren on both the local and international scene.
Warren’s debut studio album, Vintage Love, will be released on May 17, 2011, and features 13 songs ranging from soul anthems, R&B jams, and heart wrenching ballads, most of which were co-written and co-produced by Warren.
Vintage Love features the talents of Warren’s longtime producer, co-writer and friend, Mike Southworth, and key song writing collaborations with Roc Nation’s Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, En Vogue) and Printz Board (The Black Eyed Peas). Notable tracks include ‘Ungrateful’, a duet with R&B songstress Divine Brown, and ‘Superhuman’, penned by Grammy Award winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Diane Warren.
A humanitarian, Warren is active in numerous charities including the Canadian Students for Darfur and the Canadian Red Cross. Warren is a featured artist for War Child Canada, an organization that helps children affected by war.