Talk about troopers, Deena Miller is without a doubt living proof that persistence is the key to success. Deena has been living full out, committed to the process of being a performing singer songwriter without focusing on recognition and rewards. Over the last decade, she's been pouring out her heart and conquering fans with a contagiously optimistic "feel good about yourself "attitude. Her strength comes through her powerful voice carrying messages from her soul and delivering a unique experience…This girl does NOT need a microphone!
Gearing up for a 2002 release of her debut album, "A THOUSAND WORDS" on "FORE REEL" records, Deena follows in the footsteps of her musical parents, Jimmy Miller the legendary producer (ROLLING STONES, TRAFFIC, BLIND FAITH) and Gayle Shepherd, member of the singing group "THE SHEPHERD SISTERS" (who had the million selling single"ALONE" in 1956). Her mom and dad inspired her to appreciate the rawness and truth in music and by the age of eight, Deena started singing, writing and playing the guitar.
Although she has recorded and performed her own material over the years and even managed to fit in a world tour with Rock legend "MEATLOAF" as his featured vocalist, listeners have former A&M A&R man Hernando Courtright and his wife, former Epic A&R Doreen Reilly Courtright to thank for releasing this excellent collection on their Fore Reel imprint. It is not hyperbole to say that this is quite simply an amazing record from start to finish. "A Million Voices" is the first track on a CD entitled A Thousand Words, and it sounds very much like the updated Jefferson Starship, a folky anthem that would fit well on the Starship's Deep Space/Virgin Sky disc. "Broken Angel" segues nicely; its hook and smart middle eight play like a modern day Joni Mitchell.
Deena controls the lyrics with her powerful and pretty voice, but it is the production work that is really impressive. Her dad was signed to Colgems/CBS at 19 years of age as a vocalist before he went on to produce George Clinton, Traffic, and the Rolling Stones. That his daughter has created such an incredible set of sounds on her own says something about carrying the tradition forward. Deena draws from many different pop elements, and has the voice, the charm, the expression, and the heritage. She tells her ancestors to "come through my voice," and this Miller production is, indeed, a great vehicle for them to do that with.
Deena is currently promoting her CD, and stays busy as the director/host
of CHICK SINGER NIGHT ( http://www.chicksingernight.com) a monthly
New York City showcase for talented singer songwriters.
Deena’s20music is also featured in the non for profit CD D2IT"S ABOUT EVE"
( http://www.itsabouteve.org) featuring Joan Jett, raising money for breast cancer research.