Most people in the music industry would list winning a GRAMMY as a #1 accomplishment, but ask Deanna Dee and she would say, “I could die tomorrow and feel accomplished. I sang “Ribbon In The Sky” at Boston’s The Wang Center in front of a crowd of thousands while Stevie Wonder accompanied me on piano…and to boot I got a standing “O”! A GRAMMY would be great and I aspire to that, but I don’t know what else could trump that night with Stevie!”
Born in a suburb north of Boston, MA, Deanna learned early how to drop her r’s and sing her ass off! Her mother filled their home with the music of Wonder, Streisand and Presley, helping Deanna to appreciate musical diversity at an early age. With her hairbrush in hand, Deanna made the family basement her stage and practiced her singing along with Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Patsy Cline records. From there she discovered Prince, Sting, and Patti Labelle furthering her versatility as a singer and songwriter. She started writing poetry at age 7 and wrote her first official song on guitar in the 4th grade.
While most high school seniors were filling out college apps, Deanna was recording a professional demo. At age 17, while taking a break from a vocal session, Deanna was putting quarters into her parking meter and singing aloud. It was at that moment that her Hollywood story began when a staff member at the esteemed Berklee College of Music heard her voice and discovered Deanna. Impressed by her singing abilities, she was placed into the prestigious college’s 5 week extensive Summer Performance Program. By the end of it, Deanna had wowed the institution into giving her a full tuition scholarship to study. Emerging as a model student with a BA in Music Business and Management.
Deanna has had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, Crystal Waters, Joan Osborne, The Chieftains, Martha Wash, Ann Nesby, Angelo & Veronica, War, Average White Band, Sweet Sensation, Steve Smith of Journey, and Lisa Page of Witness, to name a few! She has also been invited to perform for Patti Labelle, Oleta Adams, Terri Lynne Carrington, Armand Zildjian, Horace Silver, Arif Mardin, Alan Silvestri, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, and Pat Metheny, as well as wowing the audiences of LA’s famous “R&B Live” stage.
Deanna’s singing and songwriting can be heard in over 100 Film, TV, DVD & Commercials such as: “Lipstick Jungle”, “Sex and the City”, “Mercy”, “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, “Bad Girls Club”, and MTV’s “The Hills”, to name a few. As a vocalist, Deanna’s commercial resume includes national campaign spots for Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, Mattel, Siemens Technologies, Fila, ESPN, and BJs Wholesale Club.
Deanna was selected to attend the prestigious ASCAP East Coast Extended Songwriting Workshop (NY) , The Lester Sills Songwriting Workshop (LA), and the BMI Foundation Contemporary Professional Songwriting Workshop.
In 2000, she co-wrote and sang the massive worldwide dance single, “Higher”, produced by 1999 Grammy winner, David Morales & Albert Cabrera, which went to 3 on the Billboard Dance Play charts. The song alone has also been on over 30 compilation albums worldwide.
She was also awarded The Heineken Music Initiative / The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant for her song “I’ve Been Waiting (Someone Like You)”, as well as countless ASCAPlus awards.
Deanna’s single & album credits include: Garnering almost 5 Million You Tube views, Sophia Grace’s 1st Official single “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun”, Top 20 R&B hit: Charlie Wilson “Life Of The Party” (Jive Records), Cody Simpson “Guitar Cry” (Atlantic), Cassie “Sound Of Love” (Manhattan), Mya “Alive” & “Fabulous Life” (Manhattan Records), Justice Crew “Sexy & You Know It” (Sony), Lil’ Eddie *”Heart Of Glass”, “You Know Who You Are”, “Momma”, “In Another Life”, “Outta This World” (Manhattan Records), Ehsan “Dance Our Way Back (Into Love)” (Star Base), Bret Ryan “She’s Beautiful” (Universal Records), Three Graces “A Man Like My Father” (Universal Classics/Decca Records), Akina Nakamori “Heartache” (Universal Japan Records).
Deanna has sung background vocals for Celine Dion’s “Unfinished Songs”, Lea Michele’s “Louder”, “Justin Bieber’s “Believe” & “Pray” as well as numerous songs for Cassie’s new album, Havana Brown’s “One Way Trip” as well as Paula Abdul’s “Dream Medley”.
Deanna is currently a contestant on Season 8 of NBC’s: “America’s Got Talent”, hosted by Nick Cannon with Celebrity Judges: Howard Stern, Mel B., Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.