Dena Taylor
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  • Austin, TX
  • United States
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LATEST NEWS!!!

NEWS:4/27/14:
Thilled to share that I won the 2014 IMC Best Female Jazz Artist Award. WOW .. there is life after 50!!! Suhweeeeet!!!

03/14/14:
What a a great review of the new CD:

"Dena Taylor's soulful performances on her new album, The Nearness of You, recall the golden era of torch singing with a perfect measure of modern interpretation. Updated arrangements and clean production make these classic standards new again. I loved every note."

Nick Raposo, President, Raposo Asset Management, LLC



My Philosophy:
It's not enough for music to BE good,
it also has
to DO good!!

 

That's why a portion of any of my music sold through the DENA TAYLOR WEBSTORE is donated to the charities I support (incl but not limited to): Feeding America's Share A Meal, The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund (I lost my service dog, Sonny, to cancer!!) and several other charities pertaining to human and animal cancers!!

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About Me:
Breaking News: 4/27/14, Austin vocalist, Dena Taylor, just received the 2014 IMC Best Female Jazz Artist award out in Los Angeles.

Biography:

Ask jazz vocalist, Dena Taylor, about being a "seasoned" musician and the relevancy of her music in an age of youth and she'll first respond with one of the brightest smiles you could imagine. Then she'll shake her head and, most likely, respond that she hadn't counted on making it to 30 no less still making music after 50. A jovial spirit with a contagious robust laugh is what you will find if you're fortunate enough to spend any time with her.

Taylor spent twelve years abroad in the military, combining her years of service with a series of low-profile concert and event gigs. She also accepted invitations to sing with touring USO shows whenever it was compatible with her military schedule.

Her road to success has been hard-won, even inspirational. Upon leaving the military, Dena found herself in a violent car accident that left her with a severe brain injury requiring a full two years to regain her ability to speak and walk again. And, since that time, she has also waged her own personal battle against breast cancer.

Having relocated to Central Florida, her pairings with some of the regions finest musicians resulted in her award winning CD, Round Midnight, made with Ron Teixeira, Ron Pirtle and Dave Dunscombe.

Now based in Austin Texas, she released her 2nd CD, Certitude, in March of 2010 including notables Grammy winner Redd Volkaert and Ernie Durawa. One of the tracks from this effort, Song for My Father, was rewarded with an IAIRA Certification of "International Top 100 Hit" shortly after its release.

In keeping with her philosophy that, "It's not enough for music to BE good, it also has to DO good!" Dena lends her personal support to a number of causes that support others who have endured adversity or are in the midst of their challenges. Portions of all sales go to several charities she supports including Feeding America's Share a Meal and The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF). She lost her personal service dog, Sonny, to cancer several years back so DCCF is a very personal cause.

As for the new standards CD, The Nearness of You, released February 14, 2014, when asked about it an enormous grin breaks across her face and she can barely contain her enthusiasm! Guest artists include Grammy winner Redd Volkaert, Rick McRae, Ernie Durawa, David Chao and others.
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Website
http://www.DenaTaylorMusic.com
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How did you find out about Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF?
Keith Hill invited me join. We are friends on Facebook (http://www.denataylormusic.com)

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At 9:22pm on February 12, 2014, Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF said…

Great job with your Profile page, Dena!

At 9:08am on February 24, 2010, K.Dukes Photos said…
I see!! Well thanks :)!! It's great having friends :)!
At 9:07am on February 24, 2010, Jett Ray said…
Welcome Dena. :) Lovin' your style and sound!

Blessings,
Jett Ray
At 8:59am on February 24, 2010, K.Dukes Photos said…
Thanks for the friend request!! To what do I owe the pleasure :)?
At 8:35am on February 24, 2010, Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF said…
Congratulations, Dena! I like "Let's Face the Music". Be sure to upload your CD artwork into a photo album and I'll feature it. Be sure to go through and add friends on the network so others can become familiar with your work.

Keith
At 9:36pm on November 29, 2009, Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF said…
Hey Dena,

Welcome on-board. Do your thing! Keep me abreast. Use the platform to the fullest!

Keith

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