Dessy di Lauro

Dessy di Lauro

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'With a voice as unique as her origins, Dessy Di Lauro released her EP ' A Study of a Woman's Soul'. Accompanied by her pianist/producer Ric'Key Pageot, they have performed in Montreal, New York City, Detroit and Toronto. Her music is a synthesis of soul and Brazil-flavored jazz'


"A Voice As Unique as Her Origins"

Dessy Di Lauro is a Montreal born Brazilian Italo-Cuban singer, songwriter with a great solo career awaiting here. With already numerous recording collaborations, leading to two multi-platinum selling albums, three number one hits, two cross Canadian tours, and performing in a critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production, the only evident step for Dessy to take was to release an album that she could finally call her own.

Her new commercially released EP album 'A Study of a Woman's Soul' (CrazyglueMusic) is a blend of soul, Latin and jazz. In less then two years of collaboration, her and her writing partner, Ric'key Pageot, have performed in numerous prestigious events including the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Legendary SOB's in New York City and later this Summer, they will be performing at The Blue Note Jazz Club, also in New York City.

From early childhood, Dessy's parents exposed her to music of many genres, considering her multi-ethnic background. The music of her parents inevitably would later become her own musical influences; soul music (Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder); jazz (Sara Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald); Cuban (Los Van Van, Irakere); and Brazilian (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil).

As she made her way in the Montreal music seen in the early 90's at a young age, she began singing in professional gospel choirs such as, Genuine Faith, and Imani. She also joined the Rn'B/Soul group Co-Soul, singing alongside, Janis "Coco" Thompson (Celine Dion), and Alan Prater a.k.a.Soul-o (Michael Jackson, Cameo). During her time in the band, she opened for numerous American performers, such as, multi-platinum selling Rn'B singer Mary J. Blige for her "My Life Tour" in Montreal, and they performed two shows at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Along with genius turntablelist DJ Kid Koala, Dessy was one the original members of the acid jazz group, Bullfrog. Among many performances in and outside of Montreal, they opened for James Brown's saxophonist, Maceo Parker.

Dessy has also performed and recorded with many francophone recording artists in Quebec, such as Mitsou, Marie-Denise Pelletier, France Joli, and Marie Joe Therie.

In 1997, Dessy was getting to be known around Montreal not only as a gifted singer, but also as a talented songwriter. That year, she was called to write and sing for a brand new francophone rap group, named Dubmatique for their debut album "La Force de Comprendre" (Tox records). Her single when on to top the charts in Canada and France, and the album was certified double platinum, earning Dubmatique the title of the first francophone rap group to go platinum in Canada.

In 1998, internationally known singer Ginette Reno, who's career has spanned throughout forty years, with fifty albums to her name, and winner of six Juno Awards personally picked Dessy's original composition "Will You Be There" to be part of her new English album "Love Is All" (Honey Dew Records). Dessy's track was produced by none other than Steve Skinner, who has also worked for Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, and Roberta Flack to name a few.

At the end of that year, Dessy was chosen to be part of the original cast of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production, "La Nouba" in Orlando, Florida where she performed for the next three years.

In the Fall of 2004, Dessy went on a two-month tour in France with Montreal-based multi platinum selling recording artist, Corneille, as she sang back up vocal and her partner Ric'key Pageot played keyboards for him.

Nervertheless, Dessy Di Lauro's priority is writing and composing her own material with the collaboration of pianist/composer/producer, Ric'Key Pageot. His credentials include a Bachelor degree in music, majoring in Jazz Performance from McGill University (2003), and he also leads his own Afro-latin Funk Jazz quintet, Jazzma.

This summer, you'll be able to catch Dessy and Ric'key in various cities in the U.S. and Canada, promoting their commercially released independent debut EP, 'A Study of A Woman's Soul' (CrazyglueMusic). Then, in the fall, they will be back in studio to record their full length CD 'An In-Depth Study of a Woman's Soul' due for release in Spring 2006.

Dessy Di Lauro is a name that you will not forget.


Where is the Light?

Written By: Dessy Di Lauro and Ric'key Pageot

We Keep Talkin how we gonna make a change now/ But all that talkin's gone too waste cause we don't know how/ I'm not preaching on behaviors, just my point of view/ we all need to lend a hand to change some people's views/ their high positions, bad decisions, I propose that we/ Petition letters, let them know we don't agree/ It only takes that one person to make the difference now/ can make a big change in the way we choose to live yeah/ Where is the light?/ In our lives/ Can we make it right?/ In our lives/ No one controls us, we control our own destiny/ Let's stop the hatin' on races, religion, bigotry/ We need to set a good example for the children/ And make the world, a safer place to live in/ Let's put our focus on the goodness that's within us/ And conquer hate with love the future's in our hands now/ It only takes that one person to make the difference now/ Bring back the light and love in this world we live in/ Where is the Light?/ In our lives/ Can we make it right?/ In our lives/ Children dying, mother's crying/ too much destruction no denying/ Beggars stealing, dealers dealing, racial tensions never healing/ People killing, just for thrilling/ bomb the mid-east, so fullfilling/ ho's be hoin', pimps be pimpin'/ Bring back the light and love in this world we live in


EP - 'A Study of a Woman's Soul"

Set List

A single set can go up to 90 mins straight, depending on the event. Here are some of Dessy's originals and a few of the covers that she reinterpretates:

-Shout Out
-When You Need Me
-Dear Mama
-My Inspiration
-That's Just The Way
-Where is The Light?
-Deepest Part of Me
-I'm Coming Back
-Slide Over Here
-Little One
-Don't Let It Be...

-Too High (Stevie Wonder)
-Daydreamin' (Aretha Franklin)
-Clean Up Woman (Betty Wright)
-Back In The Day (Erykah Badu)
-Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)