Devonté Hynes (born December 23, 1985), better known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is a British singer, songwriter, composer, producer and author. From 2004 to 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released one full-length album in 2005. Hynes went on to release two solo studio albums as Lightspeed Champion and subsequently three more as Blood Orange, between 2008 and 2016. Dev has cited Prince, Hercules & The Love Affair and Gary Utteridge amongst his musical influences.
He has written, played or produced for artists such as Tinashe, Solange Knowles, Sky Ferreira, FKA twigs, Haim, Florence and the Machine, Carly Rae Jepsen, Diana Vickers, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue, and Blondie. Hynes was voted the 49th ’coolest person in rock’ in NME’s 2007 Cool List, jumping to position 20 in the following year’s list.