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Superstars are born, not bred. Such is the case for 22 year old Brooklyn, New York native, Duane Howard. From his charming good looks to a vocal range that most young talent only dream of, Duane’s talent stems from his church upbringing of a long family line of Jamaican roots.
Since the age of six, Duane Howard has demonstrated a unique gift for singing and playing the drums. A gift which his parents and older brother noticed right away. As Duane’s talents grew into early adolescence, Duane’s brother and now manager, Narrel Howard, would take him to different studios in New York to record, teaching Duane about music production. But Duane equally had a love for football which initially kept him from actively pursuing a music career prior to him finishing high school. Duane admits that even though his passion for football was great, music was something that never really left him and kept growing in his heart and soul. “I just couldn’t ignore what I was feeling anymore,” says Duane, which lead him to approach his brother after graduating from high school for assistance with his career.
Ready to embark on a independent journey to R&B/Pop stardom, Duane has been hard at work writing and producing several songs from his first EP entitled “Blue Light”. Growing up with influences such as Stevie Wonder, Usher, to Bob Marley, the infectious sounds of reggae music to the powerful impact of gospel, infused with R&B has shaped a sound that has made Duane an electrifying force to be reckoned with. Duane’s warm, playful personality comes across in his hit single “Gimme Your Body” which also has a trace of Duane’s Jamaican roots intermixed into the song. Duane’s cleverly smooth writing ability is apparent in the song “More”. “Blue Light” displays a more classic R&B style, showcasing Duane’s ability to appeal to the R&B masses. And as if writing, recording, acting, and performing at numerous concerts and talent shows in New York City isn’t enough, Duane is currently enrolled at the Institute Of Audio Research, majoring in Audio Engineering and Media Production.
Versatile as he is talented, Duane has the ability to hypnotize people of all ages and backgrounds. His music is to be viewed as a coalescence of various experiences, times, emotions, and moods. When Duane writes, his aim is to pull on heartstrings, to captivate, to touch on human emotions. Whether he is singing about love, life, or joyfully belting out dance tunes, Duane never seems to disappoint, capturing the hearts of new fans daily.
It is only a matter of time before airways are flooded with the addictive sounds of Duane Howard. New York radio station Hot 97 has already featured the single “Gimme Your Body” before its release and has noted Duane as the artist you need to know about in 2011. Stay tuned.