Newcomer Dante Thomas blends pop sensibilities with a soulful edge on his fine debut, Fly.

Newcomer Dante Thomas blends pop sensibilities with a soulful edge on his fine debut, Fly. Discovered by the Fugees' Pras, the 23-year-old singer/ songwriter tackles the requisite issues of love and relationships with maturity. "California," the set's lead single, is a Latin-flavored pop track that is already gaining attention on top 40 stations nationwide. On "Money Can't Buy," Thomas seamlessly merges elements of rock and funk, resulting in a track that fondly recalls classic Hall & Oates. Thomas can also be a soul maestro for the TRL set. Witness "Good Bye," which shows his appreciation for those that came before—particularly Donnie Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Currently opening for 'N Sync, Thomas is well on his way to taking flight with Fly.—RH

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