Dru (singer)

Dru (Andrew Grange) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He is an R&B/Soul Juno Award[1] and MuchMusic Video Award (MMVA) winner.[2]

Dru
Birth nameAndrew Grange
Also known asDru
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresR&B, hip hop, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active2000–present
LabelsEffortless Entertainment/MMG/JVC Records
Associated actsIn Essence, Doman & Gooding, Lincoln
Websitehttp://www.druofficial.com

Musical careerEdit

Beginning in 1993, Dru was the front man for the R&B group In Essence.[3] The group released the album The Master Plan with songs such as "You'll Never Find," which was also featured on Funkmaster Flex's gold release 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. 4. Dru's single "Gettin It In," from his album On The Brink, went to radio in August 2011, followed by the album On the Brink. The band won a Juno Award in 2004.[4]

Dru released his solo, debut album The One in 2008, and the album was rated 3.5 out of 4 stars by the Toronto Star.[5] He was also named emerging artist of the Month" by Canada's No. 1 CHR/Top 40 station, CHUM FM.

Dru's first three singles "The One", "Stay with Me (Always)" and "Seasons" received national radio rotation. In 2009, Dru topped the radio and video charts in both Canada and the UK as the featured artist on the hit single "Runnin" by DJs Doman & Gooding. The single earned Dru another Juno Award nomination in 2010 for "Dance Recording of The Year."[6] Dru has been identified by Billboard Magazine as "one of the most important emerging Canadian artists".[7]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Information
The One
  • First studio album
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Morojele Music Group
  • Format: CD, digital download
On the Brink
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 29 November 2011
  • Label: Effortless Entertainment/Universal Music Canada
  • Format: CD, digital download|-
Déjà Vu
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 15 April 2015
  • Label: Effortless Entertainment/Universal Music Canada
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Rebirth MMXX
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 27 May 2021
  • Label: Effortless Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Year Title CAN Certifications Album
2007 "Stay With Me (Always)" The One
2008 "What You Wanna Do"
"Seasons"
2010 "This Christmas" non-album single
2011 "Gettin' It In" 50 On the Brink
2012 "She Can Ride" 39
2013 "Love Collision"
2015 "Déjà Vu" Déjà Vu
2016 "Don't Be Afraid" The Rebirth MMXX
2018 "You"
2020 "YNF"

"Can't Get Enough"

As a featured artistEdit

Year Title Peak Album
CAN
2009 "Runnin'" (Doman & Gooding featuring Lincoln & Dru) 43 non-album single

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "R&B/ Soul Recording of the Year 2004". ctv.ca. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ "2004 MMVAs Winners". muchmusic.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. ^ "In Essence The Master Plan". Faze Magazine, by Lauren Bailey
  4. ^ "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year 2004". Juno Awards website
  5. ^ Infantry, Ashante (30 September 2008). "Dru – The One". thestar.com. Toronto. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  6. ^ "2010 Juno Award nominees announced!". tribute.ca. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Dru The One". Exclaim!, By Ryan B. Patrick 19 January 2009
  8. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Dru – She Can Ride". Music Canada.

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