Aloe Blacc was born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, on January 7, 1979 in Orange County, California, and is a soul singer, rapper, and musician. Blacc got his start in the music industry in 1995 as a rapper in the hiphop duo, Emanon, working with producer Exile. In addition to his work in Emanon, Blacc also joined the group, Lootpack, on their European tour in the late 1990s, and has collaborated with the French Jazz group, Liberatorz. As part of the duo, Emanon, Blacc has released six studio albums. 2003 saw Blacc embark on a solo career and sign with Stones Throw Records. 2006 marked the release of his debut album, “Shine Through, which he followed up with a tour in support of the album. In 2009, Blacc collaborated with the Japanese hiphop producer Cradle, and recorded material under the name ‘Bee’ together. In 2010, Blacc released his second offering, “Good Things, which was produced by Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels. Blacc also contributed to the charity album, “Red Hot + Rio 2, awareness and money around AIDS/HIV. 2011 saw Blacc performing the festival circuit, and appearing at Glastonbury and The Falls ” on Stones Throw records, Festival in Australia. A year later Blacc performed at the renowned North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam; Lollapalooza in Chicago; and Osheaga in Montreal. Currently, Blacc is working on new music.