This week’s #mancrushmonday is Canadian R&B legend Dru!
A self described shy guy, there was a time where Dru couldn’t even open his mouth to speak without stuttering, let alone sing the way we know he can now. It was at a high school talent show that he first mustered up the courage to sing. “I was too shy to even rehearse in front of people, so no one had ever heard me sing. I was terrified” says Dru, “but I sang the first note and the place went crazy and that changed everything.”
From talent shows to chart topping albums, Dru went on to form In Essence, whose critically acclaimed album The Master Plan earned a Juno award in 2004 for R&B/Soul recording of the year. In 2008 Dru went solo with The One, an album that yielded three top 40 hits, and his 2011 album On the Brink thrust him onto the international stage. He’s since earned the title of Canada’s #1 Emerging Artist in 2011 by Billboard, and has toured with the likes of Usher, Ludacris and LMFAO.
Dru’s primary focus has always been growing as a songwriter and performer. Influenced by legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, Jodeci and Boyz II Men, Dru has created a signature sound and style that is perfectly showcased on his latest single “Deja Vu” (2015). Co-written with Jimmy Burney (Big Time Rush, Cliff Richard) and Kuya Productions (Akon, Ginuwine), and produced by Toronto’s Bass Line (Dj Khaled, JRDN) the single has a distinctly old school vibe that makes it irresistable to music lovers. Says Dru “I brought the vibe from the music I grew up on into it; funk and soul like The Commodores, Manhattans, and Kool and the Gang”. Now Dru will be returning to the JUNO’s yet again with another nomination; “Deja Vu” has been nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at this year’s awards.
The singer will be joining Canadian reggae legend Sean Paul on his Full Speed 2016 Tour, but we managed to catch up with Dru to chat about romance, and you’ll definitely be swooning over the smooth words of this musical treasure.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
I think the first thing I notice is her smile.
What is your definition of romance?
To me romance is all about the thought put into something for your partner. A poem, a song from when you both met or even a simple token of your appreciation. Romance is doing something special or unexpected for the person you love.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
If she’s not kind to others I can’t mess with her, period.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I haven’t really done anything strange to get a girls attention, but when I was a teenager I would do the legendary “cough” so she would turn her head and look at me, I know pretty lame right? Lol don’t judge me I was 16.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
That’s a good question; I would say the best advice I got was that I shouldn’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Sometimes as guys we bottle our emotions because we feel like we need to be strong, but being vulnerable actually takes strength. Show her how you really feel.