ISSUE 72
07.01.13
         
 
  ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
     
 

 

DeDe

DEDE
 
AC/INSPO Radio Single

 
"The Plans I Have For You"
 

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Name: Deborah Wedekind, but I go by DeDe

Birthday: Dec 14, 1970

Birthplace: Woodbury, New Jersey

Family: I have 6 brothers and sisters and one step parent on each side.  We were all raised to be very musical, play instruments and we are all singers.  My father was a part-time choir director while I was growing up, so I was always at church, always singing, and took piano lessons for 12 years.  Now, I have a little sister, Missi Pyle, who is a Hollywood actress who won an Oscar for being part of the cast of “The Artist” (she played Constance the blond silent actress at the beginning).  She appears regularly on TV, and was Miss Pasternack on “Two & a Half Men” and Mrs. Beauregarde in the Johnny Depp “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”.

Who would you trade lives with for a day? Kate Middleton-her life just seems so romantic and a true modern day fairy tale- now she’s a real live princess!

What book are you reading now? “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly

What CD is playing in your car right now? I have several all on shuffle, but I listen to Adele, Taylor Swift, and a lot of Christian artists including “Wow Hits 2013”, Mercy Me’s “The Hurt and the Healer”.

What is the best thing about being an artist? The creative talent that God gives daily (He speaks to us and inspires us all every day, but some days it’s a struggle to believe in and hear that inspiration.)

What is the worst thing about being an artist?The cynics, and sometimes the pay, it’s a huge sacrifice and commitment to put your heart and soul on the line, and some naysayers will try to get you down, but you have to ignore them and have faith! J

Biggest career embarrassment: Too many to name, but probably forgetting the words to about half of one of my own songs at a video-taped sold out show (this is one of my most popular songs!) and having to re-live that moment every time I watch it.

Most memorable career concert: My CD release concert for Clear Skies Ahead-it had been awhile since I’d performed and had to memorized so many songs, but it went great!

Most memorable moment in creating your most recent record: Due to several issues, I had to switch producers about a third of the way through my first CD, which turned out to be a very good thing.  However there were several weeks of nerve wracking, nail-biting, soul searching since I live in Houston and good producers for my type of music here are very few and far between.  Hearing the final mix from Troy was absolutely breathtaking, it all came together so much better than I’d ever dreamed.  This reminded me that God is always in control, even when we can’t see it.

What is your favorite hometown hangout? I grew up in what used to be a pretty rural area west of Houston called Katy.  My fondest memories were going to Dairy Queen with my family every Sunday night after church, followed by the local rodeo in spring, or high school football game in the fall every Friday night.

What is something you want others to know about you? I’m a Crossover artist who sings primarily pop with some Gospel, Americana and jazz thrown in (good old American music), but I’m also a Christian called by God to create and sing secular music in order to “plant the seed” with people who don’t know Him, and give listeners hope and encouragement in a world where sometimes good, positive music and reassurance is hard to find.

Who has been the most influential person in your career? My husband Larry, who is actually a talented singer and musician, has been my pillar of strength.  When we were first exploring my talents as a songwriter, he was there to help and encourage me.  He still lifts me up daily, prays for me, and helps me dream big.  But he also helps me keep my feet on the ground by reminding me that my talents are “on loan” from God. A busy healthcare CEO in his own right, he finds time to help manage my career, and  he keeps me sane and encourages me daily with words of love, and has faith in me.

How did you get into the music industry? Music picked me. I have always been a singer and a musician (I also play piano which I often use to compose, and a little flute), however I’ve only been “hearing music in my head” and composing for the past 6 years or so, and have only started doing this full time for a little over 2 years.

Favorite song: I just wrote a new one called Canon on the Lord's Prayer for my Christmas show and can't get it out of my head!

Favorite vacation spot: Wailea, Maui, we go there every year and stay at Makena Beach (my parents used to live on the Big Island, but they recently moved back to the mainland), so we are now going to Maui because Larry loves to windsurf, and we love the relaxed casual life, the weather, the people and the water sports!

Favorite food: French food and Italian- I love Italian food, and real good French food, and we’re going to France and Tuscany next summer, so I can’t wait!  I also adore chocolate!

Favorite drink: I drink a lot of water, but I love a good bottle of red wine and I drink a lot of Chocolate Macadamia Nut Coffee from Hawaii! (Tough to find here, so thus the annual trips to Maui)!

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip cookies and milk in bed watching TV.

Worst Fear: Messing up when I perform for a large group. 

What was your very first job? I worked as a checker for Randalls, a local grocery store.  I was not a career move, but it taught me a lot about hard work and keeping a schedule.

What is the question you are most tired of answering? How did you get your start in music? Pretty much is tied with:  Why do you do this?  A lot of people just don’t understand why someone at my stage of life would want to start to do this professionally-and sometimes I still scratch my head, but what do you say when God tells you to do something? No, I don’t think so, it’s really not that convenient?   What if Noah had said that, or Paul?

Choose one adjective to describe your music style: Chicken soup for the Soul.  Just kidding, I do like to think of my music as comfort music, but I’m shifting from a jazzy pop sound (which is what I mainly had in Clear Skies Ahead, which is a sound I truly love), to a more updated adult contemporary pop sound with some Gospel, indie folk, world, urban and Americana sounds.  Honestly there really is no description for my music in one word, but that’s what I think makes me so unique and different.

What is the number one thing you hope people get out of your music? I don’t want fame, and fortune isn’t that important to me, although I’d like to make enough to donate to great causes and continue my music.  What really motivates me is the creative passion of writing something significant that has a positive impact on the world, and creating “Real Good Music for Real Adults”- my slogan-an alternative to the secular, sometimes negative and often teen-only focused contemporary music out there.

 
     
 

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