Will Downing




Will Downing (born Wilfred Downing, 29 November 1963, Brooklyn, New York), is an American singer and songwriter. Downing is married to singer Audrey Wheeler, who was previously a member of the short lived R&B group Unlimited Touch.

Downing enrolled in Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York. Alumni of the school include record label executives Clive Davis ( who founded Arista Records) and Kedar Massenburg (who later became president of Motown), as well as Academy Award actress and Grammy Award winning singer Barbra Streisand. Downing, who eventually recorded for Motown, graduated with Massenburg in the class of 1981. Downing then attended college at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. In the mid-1980s, he moved back to New York City, and worked on albums by Jennifer Holiday, Kool & the Gang, Gerald Albright, Billy Ocean, Regina Belle and Mica Paris. Later he sang with Arthur Baker’s group, Wally ‘Jump’ Junior.  Downing then used Baker as a producer after he signed with Island Records. In 1988, Downing signed a recording contract with 4th & Broadway Records, and his first solo album, Will Downing, was released that same year.

His version of the John Coltrane piece, “A Love Supreme”, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Downing stayed with 4th & Broadway for just one album and switched to Island Records for his second release, Come Together As One (1989). Switching labels to Mercury for his fourth outing, 1993’s Love’s the Place to Be, Downing scored his best-selling album to date with about 235,000 copies sold in the United States and over 300,000 copies in the UK. He remained with Mercury for two more albums, Moods in 1995 and Invitation Only in 1997, both of which sold well. All the Man You Need received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album in 2000. The album included “When You Need Me”, a duet single with Chante Moore. In 2002, Downing received the International Association of African-American Music Diamond Award.

In December 2006, Downing suffered from polymyositis. Despite the debilitating aspects of the disease, he worked towards releasing a new album in 2010. Love, Lust, & Lies: An Audio Novel was released in September that year. Beyond performing, Downing is a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association. On tour, he conducts the charity bowling event, Strike Against Stroke, to raise funds towards awareness and education in the African American community, which is disproportionately affected. The American Heart Association recognized Downing for his efforts, honoring him as a Celebrity Ambassador. He is also a keen photographer, and self-published the 2005 coffee table book Unveiled Series I. Is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Has been married twice. He is currently married to his second wife. He has three children. Is the step-brother of former Boyz II Men member Michael McCary.



Discography

Artist: Will Downing
Title: Street Life
Album: Black Pearls
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Let’s Get Closer
Album: Chocolate Drops
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Turn Off the Lights
Album: Euphoria
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: One Step Closer
Album: Silver
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Glad I Met You Tonight
Album: Love, Lust, & Lies: An Audio Novel
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Baby I’m For Real
Album: Classique
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: God Is So Amazing
Album: After Tonight
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: What’s It Gonna be
Album: Soul Symphony
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: White Christmas
Album: Christmas Love and You
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: A Million Ways
Album: Emotions
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Brooklyn Breezes
Album: Sensual Journey
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Share My World
Album: All the Man You Need
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: The Nearness Of You
Album: Pleasures of the Night
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: All About You
Album: Invitation Only
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: That Good Morning Love
Album: Moods
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Artist: Will Downing
Title: Everything To Me
Album: Love’s the Place to Be
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Studio Album
A Dream Fulfilled (1991 R&B Island/PolyGram), Come Together as One (1989 R&B Island/PolyGram), Will Downing (1988 R&B Island/PolyGram).

Collections
The Best Of Will Downing: The Millennium Collection (2006 Jazz Hip-O/Universal), Collection (Import) (2003 R&B, Jazz Universal), Greatest Love Songs (2002 R&B Island/Hip-O/Universal).

Singles & EP’s
EP Tomorrow (2012 R&B Sophisticated Soul), EP Today (2012 R&B Sophisticated Soul/NIA/Eone), EP Yesterday (2011 R&B Sophisticated Soul), Single A Million Ways (Remix) (2003 R&B GRP/Verve/Universal), Single Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This w/Rachelle Ferrell (1994 R&B, Pop Capitol/EMI).



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