Local Houston area singer/songwriter DeDe, is releasing unique Christmas CD, “World of Christmas”
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This breakthrough CD will feature songs with an international flair: traditional Christmas favorites like “Silent Night” and “Deck the Halls”, as well as some new “re-mixed” songs and original songs composed by DeDe. DeDe says: “I wrote many of these songs over the past few years, and some were performed at my big Christmas show at the Nathaniel Center last December. I’ve been eagerly waiting to make a Christmas CD, because this is my favorite time of the year. And, my favorite music tends to be Christmas carols because of the joy, hope and international appeal they bring to so many people around the world.” She goes on to say, “After my release of Love & Fairy Tales in June 2013, I have focused all my attention on this CD, which has 10 songs, all of which are of unique styles, with truly melodic and beautiful melodies. Some like “Rock Those Jingle Bells”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” as well as “Deck the Halls” have really unique spins and fun, danceable beats. Some are originals, and others are public domain carols that I have put my own original arranging twist on. Many have cool song combinations, and new tunes and lyrics sometimes woven into the songs in unexpected, yet pleasing ways.” What seems to make DeDe stand out from other singers and songwriters is her ability to arrange and sing music in really new, melodic and inventive ways. Her original song, “The Plans I Have for You”, from “Love & Fairy Tales”, just won Finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition 2013 this August. Another of her originals, “Blame It On the Summertime” won Best Summer Song of the Month on Broadjam.com, also in August. And, DeDe’s been honored with a spot in the Top 5 Vocalists (worldwide) from Singer Universe.com three times in the past 18 months. Take all this, and a lot of world music flair such as: French, English, Celtic, Latin, Classical, Motown, African tribal, Americana and many others and you get DeDe’s “World of Christmas”. DeDe grew up singing many of these songs, but she wanted to make something truly memorable, very high quality, and timeless. She searched and searched throughout the US, and finally found producer Jeff Bova, who won a Grammy for Producer of the Year for “Falling into You” in 1996 with Celine Dion. Jeff says : “DeDe’s got real talent, she just picked up one of the songs and started quickly writing good music and lyrics, so I knew she’s a real songwriter.” He goes on to mention that this project was a lot of fun due to the creativity and variety of styles he was able to work with, and he thinks the whole CD is “really, really beautiful”. So DeDe added an African-tribal backbeat and chant to the chorus of her original, One Child, sort of like “Circle of Life” from Lion King by Elton John. DeDe says: “It came off sounding really great; the song starts out slowly almost like a lullaby, and gradually builds with the addition of a lovely children’s chorus. It finally reaches a glorious peak when the men enter on the chant with the background voices, the kids, instruments and the beat all harmonizing together, I hope it truly becomes a new Christmas classic!” “One Child” is about how one tiny child changed the whole world. It is currently a finalist in Songs that Save, a charity fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Hospital Songwriting Competition, which DeDe will perform at on, Oct. 25, at the Omni Hotel in Dallas. You can also hear the piano and chord structure influences of Elton John, in another of her original songs, “Joyful Christmas”, which combines the piano stylings of Elton with a more Americana country-pop flavor. This song is about giving back, and this CD is DeDe’s Christmas gift to all music lovers of all ages! DeDe has 2 favorite songs from this CD: her original and new music medley of “Song in the Air/ Il Est Ne”, and her all-new “Ave Maria Medley”. DeDe says, “This Ave Maria Medley is truly the most beautiful thing I have ever written, I took the 2 most famous Ave Maria melodies, and combined them into a brand new trio with a cello. The effect took our breath away the first time my husband and I heard Jeff’s production. I was also very happy, because the cello part I’d written really did sound amazing as it interwove with the 2 soprano voices.” These two soprano voices, (both DeDe), along with the cello comprise, the most classical piece on the CD, along with another original, her new “Canon on the Lord’s Prayer”. DeDe goes on to say, “This piece, the Canon, is one I’ve been working on for about a year and a half or so. It was by far the most complex and difficult song on the CD to sing, produce, create and play, because there are so many layers vocally and instrumentally, and just choosing which ones to use and which to leave out, was really tough on Jeff and I at times. But Jeff did a great job of tying it all together and it’s truly inspiring….especially with the cello, strings and ethereal sound of the kids singing in a round, voices and instruments flowing over and above each other-really cool!” DeDe and her husband Larry, also a fine singer, have been invited to appear in local songwriter, Brenda White’s orignal “Light the Night” Christmas show, at the Nathaniel Center on, Nov. 23, at 7:30pm and, Nov. 24, at 2:30pm. She will also be having a CD Release Celebration on Friday Nov. 25at Amedeos Italian Restaurant on loop 494 near 59 and Kingwood Drive, from 6:30-9:30pm; please visit www.amedeos.net for more information. DeDe (aka Deborah Wedekind) was raised in the Katy area, and has lived in Kingwood for more than 9 years with husband Larry, and their two adorable dogs, Cookie and Sugar. She also has two stepsons. DeDe found her passion for music a little later in life, and is now writing and singing “Real Good Music for Real Music Lovers”. She writes timeless and multi-genre music that brings inspiration, great melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics, as well as her signature lilting, soaring vocals to listeners of ages, and almost 100K fans from the US and around the world.