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.
In May of 2011, under the management of Mitchell Davis of the The Artist Partnership, son of music mogul Clive Davis, Warren released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’ (30 Records/Fontana/Universal). ‘Vintage Love’ was a collaborative effort with award winning producer 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 he placed 4th in the country and garnered high praise from music veteran Ron Fair (former president of A&M, Geffen and RCA).
In 2016, Warren made the decision to return to his gospel roots. His sophomore EP release ‘What the World Needs Now’ (Studio Cloud 30) which CCM Magazine called “Some of the best music of 2016”, debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Inspirational Charts Top 100, was featured front page on iTune’s “New and Noteworthy”, won two GMA Covenant Awards for Gospel Song of the Year and Urban Song of the Year, and earned a Juno nomination for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year. Dedicated to creating music with purpose, it was important to Warren that this soulfully charged, urban infused gospel record be not only inspirational, but also accessible to mainstream audiences.
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 Stingray Radio stations, the hit television series Being Erica, and campaigns for Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and Gilly Hicks.
A recording artist, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, Warren also heads a growing entertainment company 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 two locations and several divisions under its umbrella dedicated to developing and supporting emerging artists.
In his spare time, Warren directs a 50-piece award winning community choir called the Top Line Vocal Collective. Based on the foundation of harmony, rhythm and fun, this group focuses on giving back to the community.
A humanitarian, Warren has been involved in numerous charities including WarChild Canada and most recently, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.