Warren Dean Flandez embodies the essence of singing from the soul.
Born in Yellowknife and calling Vancouver home, Warren grew up singing in the church, steeped in the rich tapestry of gospel music. At the age of 15, Warren began singing lead in a soul gospel choir under the direction of Checo Tohomaso, former backup singer and keyboardist of Marvin Gaye, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores. It was under Checo’s mentorship that Warren developed his craft through studying the ways of Motown and channeling the essence of soul greats.
An accomplished recording artist, songwriter, musician, producer and entrepreneur, Warren also heads a growing entertainment empire known as Studio Cloud 30. Since its expansion in 2010, Studio Cloud 30 has quickly become one of Canada’s leading artist development companies with several divisions under its umbrella, including boutique imprint label 30 Records.
In May of 2011 Warren released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’ (30 Records/Fontana). ‘Vintage Love’ was a collaborative effort produced by the incomparable Mike Southworth that featured contributions from R&B songstress Divine Brown, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Andrea Martin (Roc Nation) and a song penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
‘Vintage Love’ garnered national praise from publications such as the Toronto Star, Vancouver Province and Montreal Mirror, which listed ‘Vintage Love’ as #2 on their top 10 R&B albums of 2011 in the company of Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly and Jennifer Hudson.
Shortly after, Warren had a successful run on national television appearing on CBC’s Cover Me Canada, where music veteran Ron Fair (former president of A&M, Geffen and RCA) named Warren one of the greatest soul singers to come from Canada.
Having been selected to open for the likes of Joss Stone and the late James Brown, Warren’s songs have also been featured on several Galaxie Radio stations, the hit television series Being Erica, and campaigns for Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and Gilly Hicks.
Warren is currently represented by Mitchell Davis of the The Artist Partnership, son of music mogul Clive Davis, and is signed to Reliant/Warner Canada.
A humanitarian, Warren has been active in numerous charities including WarChild Canada.