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Name: El DeBarge  
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Date of Birth: 4th June 1961
Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Profession: Singer
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El DeBarge

Eldra "El" DeBarge (born June 4, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was an African-American/French R&B and soul singer, the older brother of singers James and Chico DeBarge and the focal point and lead singer of the DeBarge family group throughout the early 1980s.

After founding the group in 1978, the family was discovered by Jermaine Jackson, who signed them and El's older brothers' group, Switch, to Motown. While Switch went on to some success during the late-1970s, it took The DeBarges three years before their self-titled debut was released. El took more of a vocal leadership and also a penmanship as a songwriter and producer with the release of DeBarge's breakthrough, All This Love, which featured the hit title track and "I Like It", throughout 1982/1983. El's finest moment in DeBarge, however, was 1983's In A Special Way album, writing and singing most of the songs, including hits like the title track and "Time Will Reveal".

After the commercial pop success of their 1985 album, Rhythm of the Night, El left the group in 1986 to begin a solo career. He has had modest hits including his collaboration with Quincy Jones on the 1990 quiet storm R&B classic, "Secret Garden", and his cover of the classic 1976 Marvin Gaye ballad, "After the Dance", which he recorded with jazz group 4-Play in 1992. El has since withdrawn from public view following the death of his brother Bobby from an AIDS-related disease. He worked on Compton Rapper and Producer D.J. Quik's 1998 album Rhythm-a-lism on the hits Hand In Hand and Medley for a V that featured Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg.

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