Raheem DeVaughn’s story begins with music—his mother’s vinyl collection to be exact. “I always loved music so I would sneak into her record collection when she wasn’t around and play her stuff,” says DeVaughn. Although his parents were not together, his father, noted jazz musician Abdul Wadud, was an influence as well. “Music was just always around me”, says DeVaughn. “I can remember at a very young age, standing in my mother’s living room, listening to music and saying to myself, ‘I’m going to be an entertainer.’ It was that simple for me. I think I just always knew.”
Born and bred in the District of Columbia, BLACK ALLEY has pushed the rhythmic limits of DC’s music scene for 5 years now. By standing on the shoulders of tradition, Black Alley embodies the best of jazz, funk, rock, r&b, and hip-hop to form its own musical niche called “Soul Garage.” By forging our own unique path, BLACK ALLEY seeks to create a space where people and music vibe on a higher level. The goal: for our music to be a sanctuary for people who want more – more passion, more love, more out of life.