Range… the newest talent to sign with the Star Roc/Roc Nation family. Range… the new emerging singer, songwriter and producer discovered by the stellar Stargate duo. Range… the name his father gave to encourage him to be limitless.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Hartford, Connecticut from the age of eight, Range moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in business.
Currently preparing material for his Star Roc/Roc Nation debut Range feels he is constantly furthering his education in the rhythmic science of music. “I’m learning how to play guitar as well as studying how to engineer a record,” says Range. “Right now, I am constantly inspired.”
Having written songs for Jamie Foxx (“Cover Girl”) Ludacris (“One More Drink) and T-Pain (“Download’), he also collaborated with P. Diddy on a Danity Kane track. Yet, it was while working with hit makers the Track Masters that Range first met Stargate. “We were at Battery Studios and Stargate was working right next door,” Range recalls.
In addition, Range is also working with Ne-Yo and Ryan Leslie. “Those guys are geniuses at what they do. They’ve made working on this project that much more exciting.” Encouraged by his schoolteacher mother, who also was the choir director at their church, Range was enrolled in the Hartford Conservatory when he was twelve. “My mom played cello and sang, so I guess I got that from her,” he says. “I played in different churches and schools. I even did a show at Disney World. Musically, I was into everything from Whitney Houston to Elvis to the Notorious B.I.G.”
After his manager Randy Parker arranged a meeting between the new scribe and the seasoned pros, the Stargate team was immediately impressed. “We wrote one song together and they signed me right away.”