D'Anna & Khromozomes

D'Anna & Khromozomes

BandR&BPop

This bi-coastal duo celebrates all that is soul, hip hop and Latin rhythms.

Biography

Hailing from East Harlem, New York, D’ANNA (born Diana Perez) has always been surrounded by music. As a child, she attended Music 13, a high school focused on music education, where she learned to play the trumpet. She took dance, art, drama, music theory and vocal classes while attending the Jose Feliciano Performing Arts Junior High School and, ultimately, the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Performing Arts High School. Most artists can provide a list of mentors that resemble an iPod playlist but, when asked who was her mentor, D’ANNA comments “My first mentor was my mom. No matter where we were or the song, she’d sing it with all her might [laughs] but couldn’t sing a lick. She inspired me to sing without fear and with all my soul.”

D’ANNA always had an affinity for the music of Si Se, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Amanda Miguel, Miles Davis and Argentinian sister-brother duo, Pimpinela. She laughs, saying “My mom had every album ever made by Pimpinela, I picked one out that I liked and played that over and over again, until the grooves almost wore off.”

After joining the group “Mami” while attending college, she was signed to a recording contract with Blackground Entertainment. During that time, she worked with and performed alongside artist like Bryce Wilson, Kenny Green, Barrio Boyzz, Color Me Badd, Pras Michel (of the critically-acclaimed group, The Fugees) and Chico Debarge.

Under the tutelage of Jon Cutler, House Music DJ extraordinaire and owner of the Distant Music label, D’ANNA released her first single “Alone” under the pseudonym Luna. Under the newly-adopted name, she quickly gained notoriety throughout the underground scene as the sultry voice of the New York City streets. It was during this time that D’ANNA had a chance meeting with hip hop producer, Khromozomes (born Ruvane Schwartz). D’ANNA and Khromozomes collaborated on an EP, “We Present Us”. These songs would later appear in video and television, most notably on NBC’s series “Life”.

In 1998, D’ANNA relocated to Hollywood, California to pursue an acting career. She starred on “Alias”, “Justice”, “Strong Medicine” and “Drake and Josh”, as well as numerous television commercials and voice-overs.

With nearly 3,000 miles between them, D’ANNA and Khromozomes continue to collaborate on creative projects and are working on new material for release in 2010.

Lyrics

Together [Let's Laugh]

Written By: Diana Perez

I try to don’t need to be free from what feels good
Deny what I know is go back to controlling
Tell me to let go be free from what I know to be true
The cycle kept turning but I am now yearning something else

I’m still searching for my soul
Tell me what I want to know
If you see me as I see you
Where do we go? What do we do?

Let’s laugh together
Cry together
Be together
Breath together
I did it my way, today’s a new day
I am ready, I am ready to let myself go

I see things quit clearly but have trouble hearing
A brand new beginning embracing the feeling
I start to let go, emotions unfold
The cycle kept turning but I am now yearning someone like you

I’m still searching for my soul
Tell me what I want to know

Let’s laugh together
Cry together
Be together
Breath together
I did it my way, today’s a new day
I am ready, I am ready to let myself go

3x’s

Discography

We Present Us