Dee Lavell
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2012-Mama Told Me



Personifying soul, passion and charisma, Dee Lavell might be the latest name on the Australian soul and blues scene, but she’s definitely not the new kid on the block. A seasoned performer with more than 25 years experience on stage and in the studio in Australia and the US, Dee released her new album, MAMA TOLD ME, on May 21.

“My mother was the musical one in our family; she loved to sing in the local church choir and played piano at home…” Dee proudly showcases the influence of her mother, who passed away in 2011, and to whom her album is dedicated. Although encouraged and supported by her mother through piano, cello, flute and voice lessons, it was only after 10 years in a nursing career that Dee finally became a professional singer in the 1990s.

Dee was a member of Sydney-based soul/funk group The Honeybees along with Belle Hendrik and Tina Harrod; sang in Mother Jive with Liza Ohlback; and headed up her own band, Totally Funked Up, with Calvin Welch and Eric Rasmussen.

Based in Los Angeles for 10 years, Dee worked with musicians and singers who were also playing with India Arie, Nika Costa, Barry White, Macy Gray and Stevie Wonder, and she sang in sessions for former Motown producers Frank Wilson, Clay Drayton and Laythan Armor. "Dee Lavell is a singer's singer,” said the late Ali 'Ollie' Woodson of The Temptations.

Since returning to Australia, Dee has done support gigs for big names including Renee Geyer and Cotton Keays & Morris; reunited regularly with members of The Honeybees and Mother Jive; and performed her own gigs in Sydney & around Northern NSW, where she is currently based.