Andwele Gardner (born February 14, 1978), better known by his
stage name Dwele is a soul singer, songwriter and record producer
from Detroit, Michigan.
Gardner was raised on the west side of Detroit in a musical family.
He played piano from the age of six, later taking up trumpet, bass
and guitar. He was deeply affected by the fatal shooting
of his father outside his home when he was age ten, later stating "I
learned to put my emotions into music; it was my therapy."
He cites Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis, and
Freddie Hubbard as favorite artists, and took inspiration from hip
hop group A Tribe Called Quest, becoming an MC, and working with
Slum Village. Gardner recorded a demo in his bedroom, called,
The Rize, and sold it out of the trunk of his car. He had about
100 copies, which sold out within a week. He caught the ears of local
heroes Slum Village and more specifically their world-renowned producer
J Dilla.Slum Village invited Dwele to sing the hook of the song "Tainted" for
their album Trinity (Past, Present and Future). It became an instant
classic and led to more high profile work with female rapper Bahamadia,
the all-star group Lucy Pearl and London's New Sector Movement.
Dwele signed to Virgin Records in 2003, who released his debut album,
Subject, which mixed neo soul and hip hop. In a 2005 review in
The Independent, his style was summed up: "Dwele's rooted in
vintage soul but isn't stuck in the past, overly reverential or an
exercise in pastiche - there's a major hip-hop edge which betrays
his original incarnation as a rapper." A second album, Some
Kinda..., followed in 2005. He then later signed with RT Music
Group and KOCH records in March, 2008 He released his fourth album
titled, W.ants W.orld W.omen on June 29, 2010. Dwele was featured
on the first single off of Kanye West's fifth studio album, My Beautiful
Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song was entitled "Power" and
was leaked on May 28, 2010.
Year Album Chart positions
U.S. U.S. Ind U.S
2000 Rize (Self-released) - - -
2003 Subject 108 - 20
2005 Some Kinda... 54 - 10
2008 Sketches of a Man 35 4 7
2010 W.ants W.orld W.omen 28 3 9
Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
2003 "Find a Way" 93 42 Subject
2004 "Hold On" (featuring Eric Roberson) – 53
2005 "I Think I Love U" – 53 Some Kinda...
2006 "Weekend Love" – 116
2007 "The People" (with Common) 111 56 Finding Forever
Flashing Lights" (with Kanye West) 29 12 Graduation
2008 "I'm Cheatin" – 29 Sketches of a Man
A Few Reasons (Truth Pt.2)" - 75
2010 "What's Not to Love" – 43 'W.W.W (W.omen,W.ant,W.orld)
 Featured On
2002 Trinity (Past, Present and Future) (Slum Village)
2003 New Awakening (DJ MITSU The Beats)
2004 Pure (Boney James)
Detroit Deli (Slum Village)
The Undeniable (Phat Kat)
2006 Shine (Boney James)
SOULidified (Hil St. Soul)
The Shining (J Dilla) "Dime Piece (Remix)"
Dirty District Vol.3 (Brucie B.)
Witness My Growth (Elzhi)
2007 Desire (Pharoahe Monch album)
Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 (2Pac) "Straight Through My Rear View"
Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire
2008 Brooklyn's Don Diva (Foxy Brown) "Never Heard This Before"
Of All The Things (Jazzanova album) (Jazzanova)
The Dresden Soul Symphony
2009 Death of a Man Rebirth of a King (Pryslezz)
2010 "Power" (with Kanye West) from My Beautiful Dark Twisted
2008 Man vs. Many (Nefew)
Time Stands Still" (with DJ Quik) from The Book of David