Fall Tours 2017: T-Pain Will Play U.S. Shows Without Using Auto-Tune
Two-time GRAMMY winner T-Pain has built an intriguing career path for himself since rocketing onto the scene in late 2005 with his debut LP, Rappa Ternt Sanga, which featured the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit singles "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)."
The singer/songwriter, rapper, and producer built his signature sound around the ability to conjure memorable melodies and a heavy use of Auto-Tune, which gave him his trademark synthetic vocal tones. This combination turned out to be a perfect match for the type of Southern rap club anthems that were a mainstay of the artist's early outputs.
However, a viral performance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert podcast series back in 2014 seems like it may have opened new doors for the singer, broadening the scope of his audiences, and paving the way for him to transition into a new sonic direction.
T-Pain's episode of the Tiny Desk series was particularly notable, as it showcased the strength of the singer's voice without the aid of Auto-Tune, and many fans new and old were shocked to discover the breadth of tonality and expression that he was capable of. Case in point, since the video's initial broadcast in 2014, it has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube, and even spurred on a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration opportunity when T-Pain saw a young producer and synth player's from Portland, Ore., post a tribute performance to Reddit..
Thanks to the huge audience response that T-Pain has enjoyed in the years following his NPR performance, the singer has decided to move forward with booking a new 6-city "acoustic" tour, in which he will play rearranged versions of his biggest hits, all without the aid of Auto-Tune.
Speaking candidly about the upcoming tour, T-Pain has said, "The love and respect I've received from my NPR performance has not only shown a different side of me to fans, but it also has introduced me to a whole different set of fans. All I see on social media is how all my fans want to see this in person, live, with their own eyes."