Canadian vocalist Deneece releases album of knockout Broadway covers
July 6, 2011 (Quebec, Canada) Written by Robert Sutton. For Canadian singer Deneece, to journey From Bromont to Broadway one doesn't need to take a predictable route. Take Deneece's cover of "Queen Bee," for example. Deneece pulls the track from the 1976 film A Star Is Born and injects it with a grittier R&B reading that is more Lauryn Hill than Barbra Streisand.
Deneece's swaggering performance on "Queen Bee" is a potent example of her vocal range. Later on her new From Bromont to Broadway album, Deneece delivers a knockout take on "Somewhere," the soaring ballad from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story. Deneece's rendition of the oft-covered "Somewhere" is extraordinary, brimming with unrequited passion; the breathless yearning in her voice is chilling in its beauty.
Relocating to Quebec, Canada at the age of 6 from Chicopee, MA, From Bromont to Broadway reflects Deneece's personal cultural journey through the power of music. As a young girl, Deneece was fascinated by American pop culture, especially music. The show tunes on From Bromont to Broadway represent not only her love for stage music but also a sentimental attachment to an idealized America, one that is viewed through young foreign eyes via the classic musicals. This can easily be felt on her version of "I Could Have Danced All Night" from the 1956 Broadway hit My Fair Lady. Elevated by a shuffling beat and lively piano, Deneece sings the tune with playful innocence. The enthusiasm in her voice is genuine; this is no paint-by-numbers remake but a bracing reminder of how joyful these songs are.
Deneece's earliest and greatest influences - Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald - have left indelible fingerprints on her vocal style. Like those artists, there is a sense that Deneece can sing absolutely anything and move the heart. As long as the lyrics have a soul, Deneece can take the tune anywhere, whether it's From Bromont to Broadway or beyond.
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