Growing up, Soul and Jazz music seemed to be inescapable for Dovie Cote’. His parents and older siblings were always playing the sounds of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Duke Ellington, James Brown and Motown around the house, all of which would inevitably become the soundtrack to what later shaped his musical career. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Dovie remembers singing around the house to the latest songs, rearranging them in his own way, and beating on oatmeal and grit boxes to keep timing. One day his sister bought him a vintage keyboard from a thrift store and as early on as 13 years old, music would become his passion.
In 1991 he met Black Ice Music Production—they were signed to MCA/Black Market Records—a company that specialized in deep house dance music. That same year Dovie released his first 12inch single “Feel Love” through Black Ice on Large Records. Since then, he’s never looked back and has released numerous other songs on labels including Strictly Rhythm, Smooth Agent, Strictly Jazz Unit, CyberJamz Records, and several other dance music labels.