A three-time GRAMMY-nominated artist, B. Slade is known for his unmatched vocal range and unapologetic exploration of genres from gospel to funk to punk. Born Anthony Charles Williams II in San Diego, Calif., the singer grew up surrounded by music—his father played saxophone for James Brown and Jackie Wilson, and his mother sang in various girl groups. He decided to pursue a career in music early on, taking on the moniker Tonéx at age thirteen and hiring his first manager at sixteen. For over a decade, the artist cultivated a strong presence as a gospel vocalist, before rebranding himself as indie R&B glam pop artist, B. Slade. His primary influences include Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Prince, Michael Jackson, Walter Hawkins, David Bowie and Janet Jackson. His distinct sound and eclectic style musical fusion led him to give his music its own genre per se, calling it ‘Nureau.’
As Tonéx, he earned a 2005 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album” for Out the Box and a 2010 nomination for “Best Urban/Soul Alternative Performance” for his single, “Blend.” To date, B. Slade has released hundreds of songs on dozens of albums over the span of his career, while producing several others for gospel and secular artists.