Posted by Peter Roaf on May 23, 2017
Award-winning R&B/Soul Recording Artist, and JUNO nominee, Warren Dean Flandez, describes his music simply as “songs with purpose”. 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 Warren released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’ (30 Records/Fontana), which received from the Toronto Star, Vancouver Province and Montreal Mirror, which listed it #2 on their top 10 R&B albums of 2011. He also appeared on CBC’s Cover Me Canada.
 
Warren’s recent sophomore release ‘What the World Needs Now‘ (Studio Cloud 30) debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Inspirational Charts Top 100.
 
Here he gives a quick sample of his singing talent to the Rotary Ladner members.
 
Warren has been active in numerous charities including WarChild Canada and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Warren founded Studio Cloud 30 as a vehicle for novice, hobbyists and professional musicians and performers of all ages to develop their talents in to the highest standard of current and relevant industry training, bridging the gap between music schools and major label development. Studio Cloud 30 is located at Vancouver’s beautiful Fairview Slopes as well as Tsawwassen, with a third studio planned for North Vancouver. http://www.studiocloud30.com/
 
Special welcome back to John Yee (right) and wife Margaret, with Denis Denischuk, after John's absence for more than a year on health leave. A special visitor at the meeting was District 5040 Director 2018-19 Darcy Long with husband Doug.