Dene Marie Jomei
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"6 Down 6 Up LP"

"Fun, engaging, youthful, timeless, marvelously touching... Dene Marie reveals a soul filled with beauty and longing. I really enjoyed the songwriting and solid, in-the-pocket performances. The band kicks ass and obviously enjoys itself. I'd love to see this band rock out live. They have a feel and energy that is uplifting and completely convincing. This is real rock and roll!" - Roger Fisher - founding guitarist of rock group HEART


"This Kiss from Dene Marie Jomei LP"

"Jomei, obviously a professional singer, seduces her listeners with a throaty, passionate delivery of sexy lyrics. At one point she whispers into the microphone, taunting us to “kiss my lips,” with such sensuality it would cause a single boy to blush and drive a married man to confessional, repenting for the impure thoughts now in their head." - Eric Myers - Gods of Music


"Dene Marie Jomei LP"

"Dene Marie Jomei's self-titled debut CD is a self-produced, eclectic brand of pop that draws upon a variety of styles, intonations, musical yard sales, and alternative-indie-acoustic peculiarities that demonstrate quite an ability. Whether or not she has fully picked a dominant direction to pursue, is open to debate.
However, the most important fact - for any singer - is to learn by doing. That's just what's happening here.

The dozen songs come up to 52 minutes, starting with the dance-pop rhythm of 'Stay With Me.' It's one of the best, because of the plethora of vocals and guitars involved, a good, almost overblown (and that's capital for the dance floor) production. 'I call your number since you're nowhere in sight / but no answer on the telephone tonight. / I’ve got to tell you something that's been on my mind, / there's an invitation waiting for you.'

She's got an original voice, that often will raise to trills when she goes up high and holding. Good vocal range, which will only grow better with time. 'Everything' shows off her vocal prowess better than most. 'I hear your voice it echoes in the night / alone I feel you reach for me from so far / you run from me, so afraid to see everything I am / if you ever wonder what you mean to me.'

Also 'I Want To' – my favorite of the cd – sparks to life with great acoustic guitar, and in being so electronically unmasked, manages to show off Dene's voice more than any other track.
Coffeehouse time! 'Your touch is kind and dangerous / your all consuming star / your smile, so warm and wicked / taunting eyes, what's in there?'

Dene has a way to go still... but wow, what a start. " - Ben Ohmart - The Muse's News


Discography

2004 - 6 Down 6 Up (LP)
2001 - Live (EP)
2000 - Dene Marie Jomei (LP)
1999 - Dene Marie Jomei (EP)

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Bio

Originally from Seattle, singer/songwriter/musician Dene Marie Jomei has had a life-long love for music. From classical piano lessons at the age of three to majoring in music in college, Dene Marie has traveled a winding road of self discovery in music. A multi-award winning, successful ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) songwriter and publisher, multi-instrument musician, dancer and choreographer as well as voice-over artist, this dynamic songstress has many talents indeed.

She grew up a shy child, playing and singing along to a wide variety of favorite artists such as Heart, Led Zeppelin, Pat Benetar, Journey, Boston, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton, as well as Barbra Streisand, Connie Francis and Tony Bennett - they were all a source of great happiness and inspiration. Dene Marie's parents enrolled her in classical piano lessons at the age of three which culminated in songwriting at the age of 5. After years of piano and dance lessons, choir, and concert band, Dene Marie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. Next, she spent a frustrating year as a studio engineer, only to realize she was on the wrong side of the glass. She began singing and performing professionally which brought her some happiness, but she was torn between the more traditional ideas her parents had for her and the artistic one she was born with. Eventually her desire for a creative outlet overcame any reluctance - a relocation to Los Angeles was inevitable.

Once settled in her sunny, new surroundings, Dene Marie began playing guitar, expanding upon her songwriting skills, and performing in several cover bands and solo showcases across town. She began compiling her songs and by the summer of 1999 her demo EP was underway. Collaborating with San Diego musician Steve Zonce, the two dove right in without any direction and without any operational knowledge of their recording software. It was a fast and hard crash course, but well worth the experience. After completing their project, Dene Marie began recording, on her own, even more music back in Los Angeles. By May 2000, Dene Marie's self-titled, 12 song studio LP of original music was released. It was a success! Shortly afterwards, Dene Marie was launched further into the spotlight by being featured in Los Angeles Magazine.

For her second full-length studio album, 6 Down 6 Up, Dene Marie chose to work with talented producer Dizz. Don't expect this one to be just like the first - it is quite different with the exception of a plethora of styles. Elvis Costello, Crowded House, The Cars, The Runaways, Gladys Knight and the Pips, to name a few, all contribute to the CD in some way. Relationships (good and bad), experiences (good and bad), growth and maturity have shaped this songwriter into a bolder, intrepid, assured creator, without losing any of the genuine quality of her first release.

Vocally, Dene Marie is reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benetar, Maria McKee and Gwen Stefani all rolled into one. Pop, Funk, Rock, Blues, Country and Folk influences are all evident in Dene Marie's passionate and expressive songwriting. Her sound has been described as an "eclectic brand of pop that draws upon a variety of styles, intonations, musical yard sales, and alternative-indie-acoustic peculiarities that demonstrates quite an ability" (Ben Ohmart of The Muse's News). She's not one to hold back the emotive lava which makes her, along with her music, emotionally unforgettable.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Dene Marie has built a large and loyal following with her unique brand of power pop/rock. She has won four ASCAP awards to date recognizing her hard work, performances and music. She is receiving radio airplay on stations across the globe and has been licensed for television and is featured on high-traffic internet music sites where her music has reached Number 1 on several charts.