Possessed of a rich baritone and an earnest delivery, Case is an urban contemporary singer who specializes in smooth, modern R&B with a slight New Jack twist. Born and bred in New York City as Case Woodward, the vocalist and songwriter got his start singing back-up for other R&B artists, including Usher and Al B. Sure. A deal with Def Jam paved the way for Case’s solo career, and the single “Touch Me Tease Me” from his 1996 self-titled debut, which featured help from Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige, proved a hit. This was followed by PERSONAL CONVERSATION (1999), which yielded three singles, and OPEN LETTER (2001), which went gold and sent the single “Missing You” to the top of the R&B charts.