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I am an Artist, Singer-Songwriter, Designer, Producer, Counselor, and many other things. A native of Joliet, IL, I received my high school diploma from the Chicago Academy for the Arts - where I thrived studying the visual arts. Creating has always been in my blood, heart, and soul. I am an Artist's Artist - a creative nurturer with an affinity and purpose for appreciating, studying, and creating beauty in the world. 

If you have déjà vu hearing my singing voice, it is probably because you may have heard me before performing as the baby-faced member of the 90s R&B soul group solo. They say I have an identifiable smooth, soulful tenor and ringing falsetto that rings on hits like “Heaven, Touch Me, Xxtra, Blowing My Mind, Gone," and many others.

 

In my voice, I think you can hear a myriad of the soulful influences of  Luther Vandross, Peabo Bryson, Jeffery Osborne, Babyface, El Debarge, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and others! I can’t help it; those voices shaped my listening ear. The world knows part of my musical story. I am excited to finally start sharing the many musical sides of me! If you like my voice and vibe and wanna really wanna get to know me, listen to my music or check out some of my art." 

What does my music sound like? Its Modern, Soul, R&B for today.

 

Dan holds a Master's in Education from Hunter College and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (a specialization in counseling for individuals with disabilities). He has served as an adjunct professor at Hunter College. He received a BFA from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Art and Science, where he studied under painters Jack Whitten and Irving Petlin and photographers Norman Sanders and Christine Osinski. Dan’s artistic journey began while attending high school at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studying visual art. It was also at The Academy that he began to experiment with music and theatre.

 

Dan has worked professionally with Bazooka Bubble Gum, Michael Bolton, Chaka Kahn, Disney, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverly and Maze, LL Cool J, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Gerald Levert, Nona Hendrix, Patti Labelle, Raphael Saadiq, Angie Stone, Kool and the Gang, Mc Donald’s, Notorious BIG, The Juilliard School, Ray Goodman and Brown and many more. He continues to paint, create music, design, and counsel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

I AM DAN STOKES

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