Dalvin DeGrate – Bio, Age, Career, Sibling, Parents

Dalvin DeGrate is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is celebrated for his impactful contributions to the music industry. He’s recognized for his work in R&B, soul singing, songwriting, production, and rapping.

Known as Mr. Dalvin, he’s a pivotal member of the R&B group Jodeci.

Also, he’s known as the younger brother of DeVante Swing, adding to his musical legacy.

Profile Summary

NameDalvin Ertimus DeGrate
Age52 years old
Date of Birth July 23, 1971
place of Birth Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
FatherDonald DeGrate
MotherMary DeGrate
Siblings Devante Swings
Weight 75 kg
165 lbs
Socials Instagram


Dalvin Ertimus DeGrate, also known professionally as Dalvin DeGrate or Mr. Dalvin was born on July 23, 1971, in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

His parents are Donald DeGrate (father) and Mary DeGrate (mother), and he is the younger brother of Devante DeGrate, who is a singer, writer, producer, and rapper.

Although born in Hampton, Virginia, Dalvin was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. However, limited public information is available about his educational background as those details have not been disclosed.

Professional Career

Dalvin, a rapper from the famous group Jodeci, contributed significantly to producing and writing songs for albums like “Diary of A Mad Band” and “The Show, The After Party, The Hotel.” Jodeci became well-known for their success on the U.S. R&B charts with three major albums. However, he performed supporter rather than a lead vocalist in their songs.

Their first album, ‘Forever My Lady,’ came out in 1991, went 3x Platinum, and hit #1 on the US R&B chart. Their second album, ‘Diary of a Mad Band,’ released in 1993, went 2x Platinum, topped the US R&B charts at #1, and reached #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1995, they released their third album, ‘The Show, the After Party, the Hotel,’ which achieved Platinum status. This album also reached #1 on the US R&B chart, #2 on the Billboard 200, and #4 on the UK charts. Some of their famous songs include ‘Forever My Lady,’ ‘Stay,’ ‘Come and Talk to Me,’ and ‘Cry for You.’

Dalvin initiated his solo career in 2000 with “Met.A.Mor.Phic” and the single “Why Can’t We.” He began working on his second album with Def Jam Recordings but left due to a disagreement, leading him to create his label, DeGrate Productions.

Though he announced an album called “Egomaniac” in 2012, it was never released. In 2014, he co-founded Christo Chrome Music and released a single called “Vindication (Get Money) feat GOODZ” in 2017, but his expected 2018 album is still unreleased.



  • Forever My Lady (1991)
  • Diary of a Mad Band (1993)
  • The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995)
  • The Past, The Present, The Future (2015)

Solo albums

  • Met.A.Mor.Phic (2000)

Dalvin’s Personal Life

Dalvin was previously in a relationship with American actress and singer Tionne Watkins from 1992 to 1998. Tionne Watkins is a member of TLC, an all-female musical group.

However, there’s no publicly available information about his current relationship status.

Who is Devante Swings

“DeVante Swing, born Donald Earle DeGrate Jr., is the elder brother of Dalvin DeGrate and is highly respected in the realms of rap, vocals, composing, and music creation, leaving a lasting impression on the music scene, particularly through his contributions to the R&B ensemble, Jodeci.

Back in 1988, DeVante Swing played an essential part in the formation of the Jodeci singing group, starting as a duo alongside JoJo. Over time, additional family members joined forces, culminating in the establishment of the quartet. Notably, Jodeci continues its musical journey, enthralling audiences with a recent performance at the Summer Block Party tour, reuniting with SWV and Dru Hill.”

Physical Appearance

Dalvin is an American rapper of African heritage. He has dark hair, black eyes, and tattoos. He stands tall at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 meters) and weighs 75 kilograms (165 pounds).

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