Music producer, songwriter, and composer who wrote the score for the 1996 film The Preacher's Wife. He won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo for his song "The Savior is Waiting."
He originally planned on attending medical school and even studied biology and mathematics for a time, but couldn't resist the lure of music.
He was raised by Mervyn Sr. and Barbara Warren within the Seventh-day Adventists denomination in which pop music and rhythm and blues were forbidden. He was punished for buying "Gratitude" by Earth, Wind & Fire when he was 12.
He reinterpreted George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" for "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration," a 1992 album featuring such artists as Quincy Jones, Vanessa Williams, and Stevie Wonder.