Dante Pope uses his roots based in the church to uplift and continue the legacy of Black American Music. His debut EP, ‘After Five Music,’ is a nod to his roots from Chicago based in blues, gospel, jazz and soul music. Since it’s release Dante’ was selected as the Strathmore Artist in Residence Program, performed his debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, was showcased at the DC Jazz Festival and the notable Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
Prior to his solo career, Dante’ was the drummer and music director for soul artist and lyricist Raheem Devaugh and Wes Felton, known as The Crossrhodes. Their NPR Tiny Desk show was one of the highlights of his during time touring nationally with The Crossrhodes. Dante’ is a GRAMMY Board member in the Washington, DC Chapter and was featured on the 2019 GRAMMY-nominated album called, ‘Black Cowboys.’ The project, a collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways and GRAMMY award-winning artist Dom Flemons, co-founder of the group, the Carolina Chocolate drops.