Dante Hall: The new classic who feels so right, for right now.
Your answer to those multiple questions — a singular talent: Dante Hall. Dante is an independent artist who’s well regarded among his musical peers yet among the freshest discoveries for a widening list of fans. When you hear Dante, you don’t just hear lyrics or sounds but audible paintings of love, loss and longings. Passion informs every note. It just feels right – and good.
Grammy-award winning producer and artist Donald Lawrence summed up the sentiment this way: “Dante is the epitome of 70’s soul meets 2015 new school R&B. The texture of his voice is like a vintage piece of art appreciating with time…He is definitely one you don’t wanna miss!”
But how could you miss him, with what he’s done and what he’s doing? Dante’s debut single, “What About My Love,” is a brilliant cover of Johnny Taylor’s classic — featuring real horns, real drums, real guitars and undeniable authenticity.
“‘What About My Love’ is my daddy’s favorite song by Johnny Taylor,” Dante said. “I absolutely love to perform it. So I decided to re-record it, while keeping it organic.”
That credo is winning salvos and bravos: buzzing up social media, perking up ears, setting tongues wagging — and raising the R&B game. Aside from Lawrence, other fans have praised Dante. One called him, “The Dean.” Another noted his amazing tone that’s “raspy like sandpaper and smooth like silk.” And noted soul singer Avery Sunshine literally punctuated her praise: “I LOVE YOUR VOICE – PERIOD.”
Dante groomed his vocal chords in Chicago. Just as so many notable singers before him, he was raised in the church. With his grandfather stirring spirits as pastor and his mother stirring souls as an amazing gospel singer, Dante learned, early on, what any real artist must know: how to captivate an audience with words & visuals, comfort & inspiration, performance & truth.
God’s house. Musical venues that represent the people’s house. And singing from the pulpit of others far more famous. Dante has performed in them all. He’s the new classic that feels so right – for right now.