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 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 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 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 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, 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.
Deanna's 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, Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, Mattel, Siemens Technologies, Fila, ESPN, and BJs Wholesale Club.
Deanna's single & album credits include: Quincy Featuring French Montana "Friends First", Garnering over 72 Million You Tube views, Sophia Grace’s 1st "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), Bret Ryan "She’s Beautiful" (Universal Records), Three Graces "A Man Like My Father" (Universal Classics/Decca Records), plus!
Deanna has sung background vocals for Celine Dion (Unfinished Songs), Lea Michele (Louder), "Justin Bieber (Believe & Pray), Havana Brown (One Way Trip), Paula Abdul (Dream Medley & Check Yourself) & Cassie.