Just when you thought the Dru World Order was about to end, here comes another installment of the soulful, hip hop, R&B sound which is synonymous with this multi-platinum group. Only this time, the magical vocals and vibrant energy is emerging from one man, one name - Scola.
Rufus “Scola” Waller was born on March 2 in Baltimore MD. He describes himself as a rose that grew from concrete. Growing up on Baltimore's West Side, on Edmondson Ave, which is known for its mean streets, Scola knew the streets weren't for him. Being a big fan of several musical legends he started to sing. As a child he sang, played the drums, guitar, keyboard and anything that made a sound without any lessons. Scola has been very musically inclined from a child on.
Scola made his first recorded appearance in 1996 with his independently released album and hit debut single “Let’s Get Personal.” Scola’s impressive, velvety sound helped the single gain tremendous regional airplay, establishing him as an amazing talent and an artist that was here to stay.
In 2000 he was signed to Rock The Bells Records a record label who's CEO happened to be L.L. Cool. J. But the label folded and he was released.
In 2002, Scola continued to move forward in his music career. Having been friends with the members of Dru Hill for over 12 years, Scola was a natural fit with the group when he joined one of R&B’s most successful groups. Scola possessed the complete package - silky smooth voice, hypnotizing sound, and incredible songwriting skills - along with his gangsta style with a gentleman’s twist. Everything the group needed to enhance their solid foundation and send a deeper message to their audience.
"The Dru World Order," which was certified Platinum, displayed the timeless emotions evident by the group. Scola immediately made his presence felt when he penned the hit song “I Love You” for the album.
Additionally, Scola’s songwriting credits include the song “Don’t Stop” for the group Ruff Endz from the album Someone To Love You and the songs “My Homie” and “No Matter What” for Woody Rocks album entitled Soul Music & many more for other great artists.
Scola also has been known from time to time to lend his pretty-thuggish look and chiseled body to music video directors. Having been cast as the leading man in music videos for Mary J. Blige, Eve, Jill Scott and others. Scola plans to one day move his career into TV and film.
His hit song, Let’s Get Personal, was featured in the Motion Picture ATL staring T.I.
Scola is now venturing into acting. He just stared and had the lead role in the Stage Play “What Momma Don’t Know Won’t Hurt” in Detroit, MI, which was a big hit. Be on the look out for more acting roles in the near future.
Summer 2007 he dropped a sexy love song CD called Scola’s Lost Treasures which features his Classic Hit “Let’s Get Personal”. It’s currently available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/scolamusic , Apple I-Tunes and all other download sites. He also has Ringtones for sale.
2008 Scola decided to break away from Dru Hill and start his Solo Career. He will be releasing his Debut Album titled ~ From EA 2 Cali ~ in 2010.
There is much more to come from Scola! The sky is not the limit. Let’s look beyond the stars.