Currently working on his 7th studio album entitled "The One" featuring Dontae as a songwriter/producer/trumpeter/MC. Dontae Winslow is one of music's "rising stars" and educators. He was trained in music at the formidable Baltimore School for the Arts high school. In four years, he attained a Bachelors and Masters degree in Classical Music Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the John's Hopkins University.
He has toured the world with Gary Thomas Overkill, and has released 7 titles on his own independent label, Ransom Entertainment. Executive producing these albums honed his skills as a produce, songwriter, trumpeter, and rap artist. Ransom Entertainment owns 2 hip-hop albums, 1 children's hip-hop, 3 jazz albums, and his wife's R&B project "The Real Thing". All but MaShica's album was released while Dontae was still a full-time college student.
Dontae is also a featured soloist with composer Darin Atwater's Soulful Symphony. After winning the John Lennon international songwriting competition in 2002. Dontae moved to LA. In 2003, Dontae Winslow was awarded a full-fellowship to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC, where he studied and performed with legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and film composer Terence Blanchard. Dontae has worked in the bands of Queen Latifah. Common, D’ Angelo, Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, and Mary Mary.
Dontae resides in California and works with producers Warryn Cambell, Karriem Riggins, DJ Khalil, and Nisan Stewart. His recent work includes: Kanye West-Late Registration, Talib Kweli-Toyota Matrix commercial, GZA-"Queen's Gambit", Jay Dilla-"The Shining", Musiq Soulchild-TBA, Patti Labelle-TBA New Gospel album, Mary Mary-Mary Mary, Paula Cambell-TBA,Really Doe, and Men of Standard-Surrounded, and Jay-Z “I Made It”.
In addition to recording Dontae is a jazz improvisation, music production and performance clinician for such esteemed institutions as The Berklee School of Music, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. He has a beautiful wife, singer-Mashica Winslow, and an anointed son Jedidiah Divine Order Winslow.