Most people in the entertainment industry would list winning a GRAMMY as a #1 accomplishment, but ask Deanna 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 got a standing “O”! A Grammy would be great and I aspire to that, but I don’t know what else could beat 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 hairbrush in hand, Deanna made the family basement her stage and practiced endlessly 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 discovered Deanna. Impressed by her singing, 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 one of the 1st full tuition scholarships to study. Emerging as a model student with a BA in Music Business and Management.
Deanna is honored to have performed on the same stages with Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Diana Ross, Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, Crystal Waters, Joan Osborne, The Chieftains, Martha Wash, Angelo & Veronica, War, Average White Band, Sweet Sensation, and Lisa Page of Witness, to name a few! She has also been invited to perform for Patti Labelle, Oleta Adams, Terri Lynne Carrington, Arif Mardin, Alan Silvestri, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, and Pat Metheny, as well as wowing the audiences of LA’s famous “R&B Live” stage.
She 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 placements like: “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, Siemens Technologies, Fila, ESPN, and BJs Wholesale Club.
Deanna’s songwriting credits include: My Silent Bravery “Drunk Off The Sun”, Red Velvet“Dumb Dumb”(SM Ent),Quincy Featuring French Montana “Friends First”, Sophia Grace “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun”, 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), Bret Ryan “She’s Beautiful” (Universal Records), Three Graces “A Man Like My Father” (Universal Classics/Decca Records), David Morales & Albert Cabrera Present MOCA feat. Deanna “Higher”, plus!
As 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. The Columbus Citizens Foundation also honored her to perform at New York City’s prestigious 70th anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade and Gala.
In 2014 & 2015, retail giant Big Lots cast Deanna as the lead vocalist/actress in their entire holiday commercial campaigns. Deanna performed background vocals on “That’s What Christmas Means To Me” from the hit movie “Sisters” starring Tina Fey and to songs from Disney’s “The Lion Guard” TV show and soundtrack, as well as vocals on the main jingle for STATE FARM’s “Meet The Hoopers” commercial campaign starring Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett & Damian Lillard. In 2016, Deanna cast as the voice of “Malena” in FANCY RABBIT’s new game “From, Beneath”. She also became a in house narrator for Spokenlayer.com. Deanna got to grace the stage of the Microsoft Theater as house band for the ESPY’s with Crown & the M.O.B.
Singer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Actress, Radio Host & Live Event Host…Deanna is LIMITLESS!