Born in Newark, New Jersey on May 5, 1975, Raheem DeVaughn is a Grammy-nominated R&B and neo-soul singer and songwriter. DeVaughn is the son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud and cousin of R&B singer Chrisette Michele. Raised in Maryland, he began to show interested in music in preschool. Inspired by artists like Babyface, he began pursuing a musical career while attending college in Baltimore City. He recorded some demos and began playing venues in Washington, DC club circuit. After gaining a local following, he was approached by the manager of Baltimore-based R&B act Dru Hill and asked to write a song for the band. By 2002, DeVaughn signed a recording contract with Jive Records. His first album, The Love Experience, was released in 2005. Love Behind the Melody, his second album, was released in 2008 and achieved critical and commercial success. Reaching the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the album featured the tracks “Woman” and “Customer”, both of which earned Grammy nominations. DeVaughn won three BET J Award in 2008. His third album, The Love & War MasterPeace (2010), was his last for Jive Records. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B album. DeVaughn has continued to record albums independently including his 2019 release The Love Reunion.