Raheem DeVaughn, the Grammy nominated singer known for his singles “Customer” and “Woman,” has dropped his fourth album today called “A Place Called Love Land.” The talented artist stopped by Fox 5 studios in Washington, D.C. this morning and was interviewed by co-anchor Allison Seymour.
It’s been three years since DeVaughn, 38, who was born in Newark, N.J. but spent most of his life in suburban Maryland and the District, has released an album. In those years he told Seymour he was “getting it together,” becoming more independent as an artist and developing a brand. He also has started a foundation to help youth in areas of gun violence, autism and other mental health challenges.
DeVaughn has quite a following and when Seymour asked him whether he had a significant other, he claimed he was single but liked his music to make women feel “good and empowered.” Continuing the subject of intimacy, he encourages the practice of safe sex.
Seymour asked DeVaughn if he could sing the song “Ridiculous” which is the first single cut from his new CD. She stated she really liked the song and first heard it coming back from North Carolina and asked her husband; who related to her that DeVaughn was the artist.
His friend and colleague Ne-Yo produced the video for the single and blackamericaweb.com writer Tonya Pendleton wrote in a August 30 article about DeVaughn at a recent appearance at Tom Joyner’s Allstate Family Reunion at the Gaylord Resort in Orlando, Fla. –
DeVaughn’s current single “Ridiculous” reunites him with Ne-Yo, who wrote “I Don’t Care” for him on his 2010 release “The Love and War MasterPeace.”
“I think Ne-Yo’s songwriting ability is a blessing to R&B music,” DeVaughn says. “Ridiculous” is a beautiful love song that speaks for the brother’s who don’t know how to express their emotions into words. I think it will be one of those records that you’ll hear forever.”
Raheem DeVaughn won in 2008 a BETJ Award and two BETJ Virtual Awards (Album of the Year: Love Behind the Melody, Male Artist of the Year). He was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album "The Love & War Masterpeace" in 2011. His music is described as R&B and neo-soul.
DeVaughn revealed he would appear at the Downtown Locker Room today in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. The Fox Morning 9 p.m. broadcast ended with DeVaughn singing his latest single.
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