“My Mom nurtured and inspired my love for music”. Whenever Deanna is asked where her love and passion for music came from, this will always be the answer. As a young girl Deanna would sneak down to the family basement, her roller hairbrush in hand and would note for note match the riffs and tones of Whitney, Patsy, Chaka and Barbara. The family basement led to recording studios and stages in the Boston area, where Deanna was born and raised.
One fateful day, Deanna was overheard singing by a staff member at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music. She was on the spot, offered a scholarship to attend their 5-week Summer Program and by the end of it, wowed the institution into awarding her a full tuition scholarship to study. Deanna accepted.
During her time at Berklee she honed her singing, performing and songwriting skills. She landed her first, national jingles, performed with and for Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, Arif Mardin, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans and Pat Metheny and on a magical night at The Wang Center in Boston, she took the stage with Stevie Wonder. He played piano and she sang “Ribbon In The Sky”. All she remembers is a standing ovation, hugging Stevie and not wanting to let go and being written up in The Boston Globe as a sensation the next day!
Deanna graduated Berklee with a BA in Music Business and Management and a minor in Songwriting. She picked up her degree and her stuff and moved to NYC. There she was met with more incredible opportunities as a vocalist for studio, live and jingle gigs. She landed a Top 3 Billboard Dance hit with “Higher”, which she sang/co-wrote and was produced by legendary DJ and Grammy award winning producer, David Morales.
Deanna moved to LA where the passion and success flourished further. Her professionalism and talents led her to be called upon by greats like David Foster, Diane Warren and many other hit writers and producers for lead and background vocals.
In 2014, Deanna was a contestant on Season 8 of NBC’s #1 rated show, “America’s Got Talent”, hosted by Nick Cannon with Celeb Judges: Howard Stern, Mel B., Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum, Deanna made it to the live, quarter semi final rounds at Radio City Music Hall in NYC with a TV audience of 10 million. That same year she was cast as the lead singer/dancer/actress in the next 2 years of BIG LOTS holiday commercials.
Deanna has sung background vocals for Dirty Heads (All I Need), Daniel Skye (Smile), Nick Jonas (Chainsaw), Celine Dion (Unfinished Songs), Lea Michele (Louder), Justin Bieber (Believe & Pray), Havana Brown (One Way Trip), Paula Abdul (Dream Medley, Check Yourself & Pre-recorded performance vocals) & Cassie.
Her singing and songwriting can be heard in over 100 Film, TV & Ad placements like: “Apple”, “Betrayal”, “Sex and the City”, “General Hospital”, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, to name a few. As a vocalist, Deanna’s commercial resume includes national campaign spots for Big Lots, State Farm, Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, Mattel and Siemens Technologies, to name just a handful.
Deanna’s songwriting credits include: My Silent Bravery “Drunk Off The Sun”, Red Velvet” Dumb Dumb”, Quincy Featuring French Montana “Friends First”, Sophia Grace “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun”, Charlie Wilson “Life Of The Party”, Cody Simpson “Guitar Cry”, Cassie “Sound Of Love”, Mya “Alive” & “Fabulous Life”, Justice Crew “Sexy & You Know It”, Bret Ryan “She’s Beautiful”, Three Graces “A Man Like My Father”, plus!
Gratefully blessed with talents in singing, songwriting, vocal production, acting, and voice over … Deanna is LIMITLESS!