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Will Downing Biography


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Born: 1963
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres: R&B, Soul, Jazz


Will Downing (b. 1963, Brooklyn, New York), is an American singer-songwriter and producer. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s. In 1988 Downing signed a recording contract with 4th & Broadway Records, and his first solo album, "Will Downing," was released that same year. The critics singled out Downing's version of the John Coltrane classic jazz piece "A Love Supreme" as one of its highlights. It reached No. 4 on the Billboard Charts. Downing stayed with 4th & Broadway for just one album and switched to Island Records for his second release, "Come Together As One," in 1989. Like his first album, "Come Together As One" was a pop and dance oriented collection of R&B songs that also reflected Downing's love of jazz. Switching labels to Mercury Records for his fourth outing, 1993's "Love's the Place to Be," Downing scored his best-selling album to date with over 235,000 copies sold in the United States and over 300,000 copies in Great Britain. He remained with Mercury for two more albums, "Moods" in 1995 and "Invitation Only" in 1997, both of which sold well to Downing's core fan base. The album "All the Man You Need" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album in 2000. In 2002 he received the International Association of African-American Music Diamond Award. His latest album "After Tonight" - his first for Peak Records and thirteenth overall - is his fastest selling to date since its October 2007 release. Downing released his most recent album "Lust, Love and Lies" in September 2010. He previously released "Classique" in June 2009.