Just like James Brown’s howls and Marvin Gaye’s crooning, El DeBarge’s falsetto is unmistakable. Motown was in DeBarge’s blood – he was born in Detroit and by the time he was 20 years old, he was singing live at a piano in front of Berry Gordy. In the ’80s, El DeBarge and his siblings formed The DeBarges, becoming a sensation while opening for Luther Vandross. A string of hit singles – “All My Love,” “Rhythm of the Night,” “I Like It” – followed, but he stopped releasing albums after 1994. However, he reemerged in 2010 with Second Chance, which garnered him three Grammy Award nominations. Expect new and old favorites when he plays the Bal Theatre in San Leandro.