ONE-ON-ONE With Canada’s R&B Singer and Songwriter DRU
He first arrived on the Canadian scene in 2004 as part of a music group called Essence. Four years later he released his solo project. DRU is still on a mission to have his voice heard worldwide as he gets ready to release his new project this year. Let's bring love and emotions back into r&b music.
ONETEN Magazine: Please let our readers know who you are? Hello, my name is Dru and I'm an award-winning Rnb artist from Toronto, Canada.
ONETEN Magazine: What drew you to the music industry? When I was 9 years old my older brother told me I had a good voice, I was hooked ever since.
ONETEN Magazine: Now you got your first taste of success as the lead singer of an R&B group called In Essence. How did you guys come together? I was singing in a talent show in the 10th grade when I came off the stage a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to be in his group, I didn't hesitate for a second and I said “yes” right away. From then myself and Oba Hyacinth aka TOuch went to look for the other members. We auditioned about 10 people before choosing the final group of 5. We always knew it would be 5 of us because we based it off the new edition.
ONETEN Magazine: You guys released your debut album “The Master Plan” which earned a JUNO Award, MuchMusic Award, and a SOCAN #1 Award (for the club hit, “You Will Never Find”) in 2004. How did that feel coming out of the gate? It felt amazing, we were so happy it felt like we had finally proven ourselves, and we were taken seriously.
ONETEN Magazine: You released your first solo album in 2008 called “The One”. What made you want to become a solo artist? And what did you learn from being in a group that helped you as a solo artist? I had always planned to do a solo project, but when BMG dropped their whole urban roster I had to make a choice quickly. I had just had a baby girl and I was worried about providing. So I took the chance and recorded a solo album independently. I grew up a very shy kid, so being in the group helped me break out of my shyness and really, take this solo career by the horns. It felt great to take complete control of my career and my life.