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Aloe Blacc

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  • Born: Los Angeles, CA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.aloeblacc.com/
  • Recent Activity: 05.28.16 Brilliant! @BarnabyJDixon - you inspire me. Would love to collaborate. Do you have time to visit LA?
  • Aloe Blacc

  • Aloe Blacc


Biography All Music Guide

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Born to Panamanian parents in Los Angeles in 1979, E. Nathaniel Dawkins (aka Aloe Blacc) first began playing trumpet in elementary school, and continued with the instrument throughout high school. There he also independently released Imaginary Friends, produced by DJ Exile, with whom he would go on to form the hip-hop group Emanon. While at college at USC, though his artistic endeavors were placed behind his scholastic goals, Aloe still managed to learn how to play the guitar and the piano, and after graduating and spending some time in the corporate world, he decided to return to his first love, music. In 2005 Emanon's full-length debut, The Waiting Room, came out on Shaman Works, and the next year his first solo album, Shine Through, a combination of retro-soul and Latin music, was released on Stones Throw. He partnered with the Truth & Soul Productions crew for 2010's more organic effort Good Things. The album featured the single "I Need a Dollar," which reached the Top Ten in several countries, including the U.K. and Germany. The song was licensed for use as the theme song to the HBO show How to Make It in America. In 2013, Aloe co-wrote and fronted Avicii's "Wake Me Up," an international smash hit that reached the Top Five of Billboard's Hot 100. His third album, Lift Your Spirit, was released in some territories later that year. In the U.S., it was issued through Interscope in early 2014.


  • 05.28.16 Brilliant! @BarnabyJDixon - you inspire me. Would love to collaborate. Do you have time to visit LA?
  • 05.25.16 Backstage at Dancing With The Stars w/ @pitbull & @danandshay (airing right now on ABC) @DancingABC #DWTSFinale https://t.co/PEuOWqsn8D
  • 05.24.16 RT @dominicbowden: "He's the Man he's the Man, he's the Man" @dancingabc finale tonight, w my man @aloeblacc , @FifthHarmony, @pitbull http…
  • 05.24.16 RT @AndraDayMusic: I talked with @essencemag about 10 songs that have had a strong impact on me! Read here ➜ https://t.co/I0UodAl7RC https:…
  • 05.24.16 I'll be singing 'Let The Games Begin' on “Dancing With The Stars,” airing on ABC, Tuesday, May 24th, from 8–10 pm EST/PST @DancingABC #DWTS
  • 05.17.16 Watch this! - WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA A social statement short film by @sheldoncandis https://t.co/S7GZM7Qq7f #Take5 #GunControl
  • 05.13.16 RT @wfuv: .@AloeBlacc thoughtfully writes about his 'Five Essential #StevieWonder Albums' for @WFUV. https://t.co/TzU4ovtSkB https://t.co/g…
  • 05.12.16 From the vaults! Thanks for sharing @rhettmatic https://t.co/lp5eLkbiE5
  • 05.10.16 RT @ktlaENT: .@aloeblacc Talks New Music & the @JDRF_LA Gala, Check it Out -> https://t.co/br09YSJxGQ https://t.co/XJko1qSQaT
  • 05.08.16 Watch "Afrikun en el Fusion Festival (Sublevao-Beat feat Machete Horns)" https://t.co/fWogFQcMug
  • 05.08.16 Hasta pronto! The pleasure was all mine. https://t.co/mmgQgAj360
  • 05.08.16 It was a highlight of the year for me. What you each bring to the show is amazing! Great to meet you as well. https://t.co/jQIwqHF9rX