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Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr.
Birth name Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr.
Also known as R.D., Ronnie D.
Born November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17) (age 42)
Origin Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Genres R&B, New Jack Swing, Hip hop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 1981-present
Labels GOOD Music/Geffen/Interscope
Associated acts New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe
Website [1]

Ronnie DeVoe, aka R.D., (born Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr. on November 17, 1967 in Roxbury, Massachusetts) is one of the members of the R&B sextet New Edition.

DeVoe was the last member, prior to Johnny Gill to join the group after being brought in by his uncle (the group's choreographer) Brooke Payne. In 1981, the group took second place at a talent show. Their performance caught the eye of music impresario Maurice Starr who decided to manage the boys and signed them to his Streetwise record label.

DeVoe, and fellow New Edition members Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant, were the biggest teen group for the better half of the mid-1980s, almost achieving the success of their role models, The Jackson 5. In 1990, after New Edition broke up, Devoe, along with Bivins and Bell, formed the New Jack Swing group Bell Biv DeVoe. His vocals on songs like "Gangsta", "Do Me!", "Poison", and "I Thought It Was Me" helped make the songs big hits and their debut album sold more than 5 million copies. The group went on to release two more albums. All three members rejoined New Edition for the album and reunion tour Home Again in 1996. DeVoe still performs and records with New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe. He is an owner of DeVoe Broker Associates, a Real Estate agency in Atlanta, Georgia and has been married to Shamari Fears of the R&B group Blaque since March 2006. The Untitled New Edition Biopic is scheduled for release either next year or in 2010. Tristan Wilds is DeVoe's personal choice to play him.


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