Warren Dean Flandez began his music career studying Motown sound and essences from Checo Tohomaso, former backup singer and keyboardist of Marvin Gaye, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores.
Eternally Grateful (which Flandez received his 2017 Juno nomination for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year ) is a non-traditional, urban-infused and soul filled gospel album that’s core focus is to spread inspiration to all audiences.
We had the opportunity to interview Flandez about being a Juno nominee, his musical inspiration and what’s next.
Kat: Could you speak a little bit about the inspiration behind your album Eternally Grateful?
WDF: Eternally Grateful is very special to me. Creating that album was a labour of love and my way of expressing myself through my music. It touches on the good times, the hard times, and my struggles through my journey and my faith. The title track Eternally Grateful is my way of giving thanks and the first single “Joy,” was inspired by the birth of my son.
Kat: Is there a specific song or artist that has left a lasting impression on you?
WDF: Wow, that’s a tough one! There are so many artists and songs that have influenced me and shaped my own career and music. But, if I had to pick one song at the moment that has always spoke to me, it would have to be ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye.
Kat: What does being nominated for a JUNO mean to you?
WDF: Being nominated for a JUNO is a huge honour, one that I don’t take lightly. I am so humbled to be in the company of such amazing artists celebrating the best in Canadian music. It makes me proud to be Canadian.
Kat: Do you have any advice for aspiring R&B and Soul artists?
WDF: Yes! Don’t give up and always stay true to who you are. Being different and unique is an amazing thing. It took me a long time to realize that, but the music industry is changing and I pray that we start to embrace diversity.
Kat: What can your fans expect from you next? Tour? More music?
WDF: All of the above! I’ll be doing a few spot dates this summer and a tour in the works for next year. You can definitely expect some new music as well! I’ve started working on a new album and I am so excited to share it with you all!
The 2017 JUNO Awards are returning to Ottawa, broadcasting live from The Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2 on CTV