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Will Downing
   
Number of songs: 5 | Total weeks on charts: 63
Appearing in a total number of: 6 charts | Total period running: 323 days
Biography

Will Downing (born Wilfred Downing, November 29, 1963, Brooklyn, New York), is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s. Downing is married to singer Audrey Wheeler, who has collaborated with various musicians as a back-up singer and was previously a member of the short lived R&B group Unlimited Touch.

Downing enrolled in Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York. Alumni of the school include record label executives Clive Davis ( who founded Arista Records) and Kedar Massenburg (who later became president of Motown), as well as Academy Award actress and Grammy Award winning singer Barbra Streisand. Downing, who eventually recorded for Motown, graduated with Massenburg in the class of 1981. Downing then attended college at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. In the mid-1980s, he moved back to New York City, and worked on albums by Jennifer Holiday, Kool & the Gang, Gerald Albright, Billy Ocean, Regina Belle and Mica Paris. Later he sang with Arthur Baker's group, Wally 'Jump' Junior.
Downing then used Baker as a producer after he signed with Island Records. In 1988, Downing signed a recording contract with 4th & Broadway Records, and his first solo album, Will Downing, was released that same year. His version of the John Coltrane piece, "A Love Supreme", reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Downing stayed with 4th & Broadway for just one album and switched to Island Records for his second release, Come Together As One (1989). Switching labels to Mercury for his fourth outing, 1993's Love's the Place to Be, Downing scored his best-selling album to date with about 235,000 copies sold in the United States and over 300,000 copies in the UK. He remained with Mercury for two more albums, Moods in 1995 and Invitation Only in 1997, both of which sold well. All the Man You Need received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album in 2000. The album included "When You Need Me", a duet single with Chante Moore. In 2002, Downing received the International Association of African-American Music Diamond Award.

In December 2006, Downing suffered from polymyositis. Despite the debilitating aspects of the disease, he worked towards releasing a new album in 2010. Love, Lust, & Lies: An Audio Novel was released in September that year. Beyond performing, Downing is a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association. On tour, he conducts the charity bowling event, Strike Against Stroke, to raise funds towards awareness and education in the African American community, which is disproportionately affected. The American Heart Association recognized Downing for his efforts, honoring him as a Celebrity Ambassador. He is also a keen photographer, and self-published the 2005 coffee table book Unveiled Series I. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He has been married twice. He is currently married to his second wife. He has three children.

Discography:
1988 - Will Downing
1989 - Come Together as One
1991 - A Dream Fulfilled
1993 - Love's the Place to Be
1994 - Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This with Rachelle Ferrell
1995 - Moods
1997 - Invitation Only
1998 - Pleasures of the Night with Gerald Albright
2000 - All the Man You Need
2002 - Sensual Journey
2002 - Greatest Love Songs
2003 - Emotions
2003 - Collection
2003 - A Million Ways (Remix)
2004 - Christmas, Love and You
2005 - Soul Symphony
2006 - The Best Of Will Downing: The Millennium Collection
2007 - After Tonight
2009 - Classique
2010 - Love, Lust, & Lies: An Audio Novel
2011 - Yesterday
2012 - Tomorrow
2012 - Today
2013 - Silver
2014 - Euphoria
2015 - Chocolate Drops
2015 - Black Pearls
2017 - Soul Survivor
2018 - The Promise
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Will Downing in the news
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Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: "intervention", The Latest Gospel Jazz Release By Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. (21/01/2016) Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: "Intervention", The Latest Gospel Jazz Release By Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. (20/01/2016)
OK Singer/Songwriter Beverly Perry, Making International News, Sweeps The 2015 Int'l UK Songwriting Contest By Advancing To The Semi-Finals In An Unheard Of 6 Categories (12/11/2015)
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