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Originally from Mill Valley California, artist Delia deVer moved to Texas after studying visual art at the California College of the Arts, a campus located where Oakland and Berkeley meet as culturally rich neighbors. Her unique use of color and modern approach to painting and drawing blossomed and matured in Texas right along with her musical projects as a Singer/Songwriter. Delia's music and visual art is inspired by ordinary and extraordinary sites, feelings and thoughts from daily life and travels throughout Texas and across the States to the Pacific coast including Baja Mexico, California and the Pacific North West. As a Singer/Songwriter and visual artist she expresses energy, beauty, concern and joy through her vibrant artistic language.

Influences come from the vast talent (past and present) so easily heard now from all over the world to local Texas musician friends Sara Hickman, Lori Dreier and Rene West. Her first musical calling came from a toy piano. Soon after that, at the age of about 8, she became entranced by the sounds of the cello. She studied that instrument through High school, not realizing at the time that the range in a cello is similar to what the human voice can do. She attributes the time playing the cello, as being crucial to understanding her own vocal possibilities. As a child she sang Billie Holiday and Elvis tunes to herself and her best friends. She started writing "Peoms" (poems) around the time she was playing the toy piano, eventually merging these interests through what has become a life long habit of creating original music, writing lyrics and poor spelling. When she moved to Texas she got inspired ”by whatever it is about Texas and music" to start playing the guitar, writing songs and performing.

Delia recently created a drawing of Sara Hickman when she went to see her perform in a small local venue. Sara (being the 2010 Texas Musician of the year) asked her if she could use the art for her official seal design. Delia says "I love how my involvement in music and visual art overlap, compliment, contrast and teach each other things. I imagine it helps to make my performances interesting as I communicate to the audience as an artist absorbed in both mediums. But, I know it’s equally important, in connecting with people, that I’m creating lyrics and music that come from my experiences in life as a working person, having been a commercial artist for big publishing companies and, more recently, as a public High school art teacher in a title1 school. I know and write about the challenges and joys of keeping modern life in balance with family, friends and as a thinking citizen concerned with contemporary social, environmental and philosophical issues. I feel like I’m a hybrid of sorts culturally, as I definitely am influenced by my Northern California roots, but am quite altered now that I have lived in Texas”.

She has just finished a studio session recording her CD "Walking through a Labyrinth" 2010 composed of 18 tracks at Alpha Omega Recording Studios with Ty Macklin (he created music with Eryhka Badu on her platinum record Baduism). Delia is also beginning a new collaboration with Ty. "He is an amazing composer! I'm excited to have just finished writing the first lyrics and vocal melody to go with his really cool modern, jazzy, blues, electronica tune!

"Some of my other influences range from the usual rock greats, to folk, blues and eclectic bands like Portishead.I enjoy performing live for audiences of all sizes. I've performed in small cafe venues that feature live music like The Four Star cafe, the infamous MacHenry's to the Deep Ellum Arts festival in Dallas".