A sound that evokes distant memories served up with an infusion of the old and new – indie-soul singer-songwriter Dru Chen delivers melodic odes to the inner audiophile in all of us. His music strikes up the senses with a profusion of hooks, accompanied by sensuous grooves that satisfy the mind, body and soul.
Dru Chen is grounded in old-time rhythm & blues musicality, while weaving rock and pop sensibilities through compelling songcraft. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, Dru stands out first and foremost for his stunning falsetto, characterizing his dynamic vocal range.
Based in Asia, Dru has graced stages such as Singjazz Festival, which hosted Joss Stone and Snarky Puppy; Ignite Music Festival; and Mosaic Festival. In 2016, he headlined Getai Soul Festival with Charlie Lim. Dru was also invited to open Soulfest, alongside D’Angelo and Maxwell in 2014.
In 2013, Dru launched his self-produced EP, ‘Intentions’ shortly after releasing his first single, ‘You Bring Out The Best In Me’. His second single ‘Turnaround’, caught the attention of KCRW’s Chris Douridas and was quickly named ABC’s Rage Clip Of The Week.
Dru has gotten radio airplay across the United States (KCRW, KX935), Australia (Double J, PBS, Triple R) and Singapore (987FM, Lush995). He was named LUSH995′s artist for May 2015 with the release of his third single ‘You Got It Babe’.
Riding on constant waves of inspiration. Redefining his influences. Fine-tuning his audio compass. Dru Chen’s tireless journey through the modern music landscape continues to mould him as a rare singer-songwriter that’s coming of age. His new compositions speak romantically of themes that encompass modern day struggles and victories. Dru plans to release his sophomore album in 2017.
“It’s safe to say people have recognised the man’s talent — tackling decades of soul and funk with the astute perceptiveness of a pop fanatic, winning him fans all around the region.”
- Bandwagon (Singapore)
“Dru Chen is that young musician, blessed with glossy and elastic vocals, multi-instrumentalist skills and a penchant for sweet hooks, all fueled by a fervent love for Funk and Soul music.”
- MusicWeekly.Asia (Singapore)
“With the kind of musical chops that have seen him win a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and share the stage with D’Angelo, Jill Scott and Common, singer/songwriter Dru Chen’s instinct for crafting a smooth-listening pop, funk and soul infused sound that perfectly complements the articulate sensitivity of his poised vocal is reflected in the fact that his music has found its way onto radio and T.V. in the U.S., Australia and Singapore.”
- Next2Shine.com (USA)