Lay Your Body Down
R•DE was born in Athens, Greece with the legal name of Yohnni R. Perry, which is translated Johnny R. Perry. Son of an American military man, R•DE and his family travelled frequently and lived in many countries. With a loving Canadian mother our artist was raised in a very multi-cultural surrounding. Having such a diverse childhood we believe created that spark of musical genius only the influence of various artists and musical experiences can create. Having a father with a stake in the musical industry and a devoted mother R•DE started music and dance at the age of three. By the age of five he was being professionally taught by a vocal and numerous musical instrument teachers. This continued until the age of nine when his parents got divorced and his father took residence in California, USA and his mother moved to Minnesota, USA. Our artist then began to commute between parents and places all the time expanding his ability for music, as he played continuously in the two different venues. This expansion process continued as R•DE moved to Michigan to live with his grandmother. At the age of ten R•DE was now the youngest member of his grandmother's church band as a drummer. This was a huge inspiration for our artist which lead to his first performances live as a singer. After two years his father returned from an overseas assignment and took him back to California, USA to live. At this point in his life music was no longer an affordable family expense so he had to support his passion, if it was to continue. R•DE began to use every resource he could think of which lead to his involvement in youth centers, after school programs, and whatever music program was available. Now much older and with obvious serious musical talent he began studies at Central High School; which, is noted for students that have become famous in the music industry. During this time, approximately sixteen, he accepted a position as a singer in a band and got his first taste of the real music industry traveling and performing. Unfortunately, this was short-lived as his mother objected and he began college the next year. R•DE's heart lead him to play in the schools jazz band while completing his associates in film making. By twenty years of age he was playing in different local bands in the area live. Within these years is the time our artist feels he learned the whole process of music which allowed him to develop into the artist we have today. Over the next few years he traveled with numerous organizations and was the lead singer of 'Rhythm by Rhyme' who produced two hit singles 'Just like the rain' and 'I like it.' R•DE has worked with other well known artist such as: George Clinton, Prince, Debra Cox, Jimmy Jam, and many others. Now doing his solo projects under the record label founded for artists/producers to have a chance in the music business to make the money they work so hard to achieve.