Deanna is a music artist, songwriter, producer and is a teacher at a music school. Music has always been a huge part of her life. She grew up playing various instruments at a young age and eventually started writing songs.
Songwriting was never really a choice that she made, it just happened naturally. The first instrument she learned how to play was piano at just three years old. Her parents enrolled her into piano lessons that she didn’t like very much, so she chose to play guitar instead. She can also play drums, bass, keyboards and sing. The one thing she loves most about music is its ability to move and be moved by it.
Deanna’s first album was released in 2008. Her music style spans across many different genres including downtempo electronic, R&B, neo-soul, jazz and orchestra. Most recently, she released her new single “Lately”.
- Biggest influences or inspiration for doing what you do?: I really can’t picture doing anything else. I think writing songs inspires me to keep on writing if that makes sense. I’m also influenced by a lot of artists I listen to, they inspire me sonically in terms of production style for my new music.
- Favorite music venues in the city and why?: I would say my favorite venues in the city are Lincoln Hall and Park West. I also love a venue in Evanston called SPACE, it’s my favorite place to play when I’m doing a solo show. These venues have amazing sound, and they don’t have the standard “bar” feel. They are all about the music. I’ve also heard great things about Thalia Hall, but have actually never played there or even seen a show there. I’ve been meaning to check it out.
- What’s your vision/goal for yourself as a music artist?: I’ve been expanding what I do musically – not just performing and writing under my name, but for film/commercials, and writing/producing for others. Ultimately, I’d like to be a songwriter for big artists – but also still releasing my music.
- What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned in songwriting/performing/singing? Favorite parts about it??: As much as I love performing, I definitely think my favorite part is the writing/recording process. I love sitting in the studio and layering a track that I had originally written on guitar and then seeing how it’s transforming into something else. Still maintaining the essence of the original song, but turning into something bigger. It’s a pretty cool feeling.
- Anything interesting about yourself that most people wouldn’t know: My love for earl grey tea and cats.
- Advice to other people that are pursuing their passion?: I would say the most important thing is making sure your craft is the best it can be. The music business has changed so much over the years that now anyone can put their stuff out on Spotify etc. and so we become oversaturated with music. So it’s important to make sure your craft is on point. And then you just have to stick with it. Keep driving forward and making as many connections/networking as possible.