Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer Phonte Coleman was raised in Greensboro, NC. He got his musical start by singing in his grandmother's church choir and making beats on a Gemini sampler in high school. After entering North Carolina Central University in 1997, he met future bandmates Thomas Jones (Big Pooh) and Patrick Douthit (9th Wonder) and formed the group Little Brother. The group released four critically acclaimed albums before finally disbanding in early 2010. Afterward, Phonte focused his career on singing, songwriting, and producing with longtime Foreign Exchange partner Nicolay. His long-awaited solo album, Charity Starts at Home, dropped September 27th on +FE Music.
Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award-winning producer, DJ, college lecturer, and social activist. He attended North Carolina Central University, where he formed the hip hop trio Little Brother along with Phonte Colerman and Thomas Jones (Rapper Big Pooh). Among the group's releases is the critically acclaimed album The Listening (2003). As a producer, Wonder has produced tracks for Jay-Z's Black Album, Destiny's Child, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Drake, and Mary J. Blige's album The Breakthrough, for which he won a Grammy. He is also an active advocate of the preservation of Black music in all its forms (jazz, gospel, funk, soul, afrobeat, and hip hop) - he is the president, founder, and CEO of It's a Wonderful World Music Group, serves as the National Ambassador for Hip Hop Relations and Culture for the NAACP, and works as an adjunct professor at Duke University. His latest album, The Wonder Years, was released on September 27th.
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