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WORLD I Deanna Devore is a Chicago and Toronto based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Her music beautifully blends downtempo electronic beats with organic instrumentation, creating emotionally captivating music that has been resonating with audiences across the globe. Devore's polished musicianship, modern production techniques and compelling songwriting emanates a maturity and sophistication that spans across downtempo electronic, R&B, neo-soul, jazz and orchestral territories.
Devore has recently been releasing R&B/neo soul singles featuring different R&B singers. A follow up to the success of “Lately” feat. D.Lylez (a top 24 contestant on The Voice season 18) is “Love Again”feat. D’Zhari. It narrates the feeling you get once a relationship ends, the fear of uncertainty for the future and wondering if you’ll ever be able to love someone the same way again. However, instead of the song going through the stages of grief, it jumps to acceptance, focusing on hope and taking a positive outlook. Devore shares, “It’s about finding that closure within yourself, and not from the other person. It’s about finding peace within, and being ready for the next chapter in life.” Featuring velvety vocals from Chicago singer/songwriter D’Zhari, the artist delivers her soulful R&B sound to the song, creating an effortless cascading release. Funky basslines and hypnotic melodies create the backdrop for this jazz-infused, neo-soul track, mesmerizing listeners and transporting them to a dream-like state.
Devore’s inspiration sparks from a sonic level - the feeling and emotions that certain chords and melodies provoke. Her songwriting is built around the result and impact it will have on the listener. “Lyrically I delve into the darkness and light of love and life”, reveals Devore. With influences partially rooted in the soul, R&B and jazz field, Devore doesn’t allow any limitations to her sound and her music includes elements of a multitude of genres. It’s this genre-blending sound which has allowed the musician to create music without boundaries. She shares, “I hope my music can bridge the gap for fans of all genres and be appealing to a variety of people”.
Self-produced and performing all of the instruments and backing vocals on the track, Devore wishes to encourage other female artists to take a lead in their music, "I’d love to inspire other songwriters and other female multi-instrumentalist/producers. There aren’t many of us out there it seems, so I’d love to inspire more female musicians to self-produce”.
Devore has seen success performing to sold-out venues and festivals across the map, such as Summerfest, CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35. She has had the pleasure of opening for renowned artists including Jamie Cullum, Bonobo and SG Lewis, as well as Raveena, Mother Mother and Yoke Lore. The composer has recently explored more commercial work, scoring for both feature & short films, as well as composing music for podcasts, animation videos, and even a Starbucks ad. One of her original songs, “A Beautiful View" is in the new feature film “Tom of Your Life".
As well as her solo project, D’Zhari is a successful touring background vocalist and has performed with artists such as Eryn Allen Kane and Sir the Baptist appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Windy City Live, and at Sasquatch Music Festival.