Jodeci's Dalvin To Shine On Solo LP

After inking a deal with Madonna's Maverick Records label late last year, Jodeci's Dalvin DeGrate is finally set to release his debut solo album, titled "Met.A.Mor.Phic," on April 18.

The first single from the LP, "Why Can't We," a duet between Dalvin and Stevie J. (of Sean "Puffy" Combs' Hitmen production camp), is already getting heavy rotation on urban radio, and others lending their production skills to the album include Dalvin's brother and fellow Jodeci member DeVante Swing and the duo of Tim & Bob.

In a recent interview, Dalvin talked about what the new record meant to him in terms of establishing an identity outside of Jodeci, who scored three platinum and multi-platinum albums between 1991 and 1995.

"See people, they could never really individualize each member of Jodeci, 'cause it was like a unit," Dalvin told the MTV Radio Network. "So it's hard for people to depict

what I was all about in the group because, you know, it was all of us all together, it was a unit thing.

"So by me standing out, I'm just letting people know what I brought to the table, the energy I brought to Jodeci and what I meant in the group. So that's like my whole solo thing. [RealAudio]

"Jodeci was an R&B band," he continued. "We were known as a black R&B band, but my [solo] sound is more geared towards pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rock and roll. Its a little bit of it all mixed in every track.

"I've got the heavy metal guitars on some. I've got the guitar solos, screaming guitars, and synthesizer solos, and just different stuff in different

songs." [RealAudio]

Dalvin and the rest of Jodeci are already talking about re-grouping for a new album, which would be the band's first since 1995's "The Show, The After Party, The Hotel."