Based in Los Angeles, Dewain Whitmore Jr. is a Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer, born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He has worked with some of the biggest names in pop and urban music including Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Nick Jonas and others.
Growing up on a very special blend of musical influences stretching from Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder, all the way to Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Toto, George Michael, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Kenny Rogers, his inspiration is one big nostalgic melting pot.
It didn’t take very long to gain a little traction. Within only one year of relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, Chris Brown included two of Dewain’s songs, “Up To You” and “Should’ve Kissed You” on his Grammy-award winning album FAME, which debuted at #1 in the country on the US Billboard 200 chart. The following year, Dewain earned his second Grammy award for his work on the Kelly Clarkson Billboard Top 10 single “Mr. Know It All” included on her 2011 album Stronger, which was awarded Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year. Also that same year he wrote three songs, “Stuck on Stupid”, “Party Hard” and “Free Run”, on Chris Brown’s follow up album Fortune. Fortune debuted at #1 in the country on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Between 2012 and 2015, Whitmore continued to garner great commercial success with releases from Mary J. Blige, The Wanted, Ciara, Jordin Sparks, Tamar Braxton, Usher, Jay Sean and frequent collaborator Chris Brown.
Says Whitmore, “I think music is getting back to a good place. People FINALLY want to feel again, and that is very exciting for music creators like myself.”