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Warren is a singer who is aware of soul roots and aware of where he wants to take them. When he glides up to falsetto, the ghosts of great soul men go with him. When he drops down low, they push him on." Tom Harrison (music writer) - The Vancouver Province


"Flandez Gives Nod to Motown"

After a few false starts, Warren Flandez is ready to roll.
He had managers, but that hit a snag and he's no longer with them.
He was to tour Canada at the beginning of this year, but the tour never materialized.
He made an album, but it wasn't released.
"There were a lot of big plans back then," Flandez admits. "It's definitely been a journey these past two years."
So, he fell back on his singing talent and voilĂ , he has a new manager, Mitchell Davis, L.A.-based son of music nabob Clive.
He hasn't toured extensively yet, but a showcase grant from Factor allowed him to take his four-piece band to Calgary, where he opened for Joss Stone, and left a big impression on Stone and her audience.
He's nearly completed a new album, Mayfield Park, with a co-write by Divine Brown.
And he has a concert, ambitiously called The Rebirth of Motown, in which he'll sing songs from his Christmas recording, A Soul Christmas, and debut those from the album in progress.
"That is how I describe my music," he says of The Rebirth of Motown. "It's how I describe my style."
Flandez doesn't point to one era of Motown. The soul he is talking about is more a vibe than a slogan when Motown variously called itself Hitsville, U.S.A., or The Sound of Young America. He is proud, though, that all of the playing on his record is live, not the result of machines. Similarly, he has a band -- his infrequent shows can feature as many as 14 players -- that can reproduce his album.
"It definitely travels through the eras of Motown," Flandez continues. "We're not trying to create something that was. Everything about the era is timeless. Patti Labelle [a non-Motown singer] still blows people out of
the water."
Flandez was born in Yellowkinife, where his parents exposed him to Motown records by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, et al. He's subsequently seen the film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, so he knows something of the musicians and the sound they produced. He is a vocal coach at North Vancouver's Creativ Music, which is run by Mike Southworth, who is producer of Flandez's record and chief co-writer.
"Mike produces all kinds of genres," Flandez explains. "Mike is like my soundboard. We bounce ideas off each other.
"This, technically, is my second record. The second time around it's more personal and is the soundtrack of my life.
"I definitely felt pressure," he adds. "Bringing back real music is a huge thing for me.
"It's definitely different. It stands in a league of its own. It can't be pegged easily. That might work to my advantage. Ultimately, my demographic is really broad." - The Vancouver Province


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Go With Me (EP)
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With a sound fresh as the present, and a voice reminiscent of classic soul, Yellowknife born and Vancouver raised Singer/Songwriter Warren Dean is turning heads and melting hearts with his own brand of millennium soul.

Managed by Mitch Davis of The Artist Partnership (son of Clive Davis) and produced by Canadian Mike Southworth, Warren defines what it is to be an artist. His Music demonstrates the rare ability to fuse the classic sounds of old school soul music, the edgy flavor of hip-hop and the romantic themes of traditional R&B. Recent live showcases and very private listening party for Warren's new album in progress have already garnered critical acclaim.

Recorded in Vancouver, Warren's Debut Album showcases 12 songs including co-writes with industry up-and-comers, Grammy Award winning writers and also features collaborations with Canadian Hit songstress Divine Brown, Grammy Award Winning Producer Bradley Spalter (Gladys Knight, Babyface, Christina Milian, O-Town).

Additional new songs being worked on right now by Songwriter Hall of Fame and Grammy Winner Diane Warren, as well with new hit producer/songwriter Dapo Torimiro (John Legend, Brandy, David Archuleta) and Lauren Evans (Natasha Bedingfield, Jazmine Sullivan).

Mixing was done in New York with Grammy Award Winning Mixer Jonnie "Most" Davis who has worked with Santogold, Outkast, Pink, Notorious BIG, Mary J Blige, TLC, Marc Anthony, Keith Sweat, Toni Braxton, Elliott Yamin, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, the upcoming Laura Izibor and Johnny Mathis albums. Also mixing is the amazing New York producer/mixer Scott Jacoby, who has worked with John Legend, Naturally 7, upcoming Laura Izibor album and many more. Additionally, two tracks have been mixed by Jon Gass who has worked with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Boys II Men, Madonna, Mary J Blige, Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville and many many more.

"... one of the most amazing unsigned new voices i have heard in the last few years, with the writing and performance chops to back it up!" Shaw Saltzberg - Senior VP SL Feldman and Associates

"Warren is a singer who is aware of soul roots and aware of where he wants to take them. When he glides up to falsetto, the ghosts of great soul men go with him. When he drops down low, they push him on." Tom Harrison (music writer) The Vancouver Province

"He has a unique, distinctive tone that reminds me of a combination of Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield. Warren has one of the most soulful voices in Canada and I am proud to see that he is keeping soul alive!" Checo Tohomaso - Backup Singer and Keyboardist (Marvin Gaye, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores)

"Warren is like something I heard a hundred times, yet never heard before... his talent is rooted in the masters like Al Green and Hathaway. With a voice and style that will move him into the place of greats i'm sure" Warren Riker - 3 time Grammy winner (The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Santana)

Following a successful independent Christmas record release with partial proceeds benefiting the Canadian Red Cross, Warren has been voted onf of BC's Best by BC Business Magazine. He was also featured in CBC's Documentary "Make Some Noise" and named one of Canada's top up-and-comers by CanWest Global national publications and Canada.com

Warren is a huge supporter of humanitarian causes including The Canadian Students for Darfur bringing awareness to the Sudan Crisis and was chosen as one of the featured artists supporting the new War Child Campaign "Get Loud" devoted to children affected by war.