Dee Daniels' musical career is as varied as her four-octave range is thrilling. Whether accompanying herself on the piano or fronting symphony orchestras, she brings her gospel roots, blues flavorings and unique styling to the world of jazz.
Dee, the stepdaughter of a Baptist minister, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. While growing up, she was passionate about art and eventually received a degree in Art Education from the University of Montana. Though music was always a big part of her life, Dee didn't discover her true calling until after teaching art in a Seattle high school for a year. She then joined a band, resigned her teaching position and the rest is history!
Since that day, Dee has traveled the world with her music and spent five years living in Europe. She has shared the stage with numerous legends of jazz including Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, and Toots Thielemans to mention a few. Her diverse career has seen her on the theater stage, on TV and radio, and performing for royalty. She has also established herself as a jazz vocalist in demand by the classical world, performing her Great Ladies of Swing and The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles symphonic Pops programs with orchestras across the United States and Canada.
A respected vocal clinician, Dee established the Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Scholarship at Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC in 2001. She has been recognized by organizations in and out of the music industry for her contributions in music, education, fundraising, and community service. One of the most prestigious of those awards was the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Another great honor was bestowed on Dee as she received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Capilano University in June of 2009.
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