Singer, composer, recording artist and charismatic Performer.
In 2003 Dee decided to take another jump in her music and tryout for the vocal competition tv show season 3 of Canadian Idol, coming short in making the top 10 but now named the top 11 in Canada, exposed on Nationwide and called “A world Class Jazz Singer” by Sass Jordan on Canadian National TV.Co-writing with members of Canadian pop/Rock band the Moffatt Brother she recorded her first Album.
Get to know Dee!
Dee Hernández started living her passion in Cuba as a singer of La Nueva Trova starting as young as the age of 4. interpreting songs by Silvio Rodriguez and Paulo Milanés, where usually sang acapella or accompanied by a guitar player. Her soulful voice led to many opportunities, such as singing in various events for high-ranking government officials. Through these events, she gained local recognition for her talent and was invited at remarkable to sing at the Inauguration of Cuba’s International Medicine Convention held in the “Palacio de las Convenciones” as the opener of the event where formal Cuban president Fidel Castro was in attendance.
Shortly after, Dee was musically assessed by Pancho Amat, a Cuban musician and founding member of Manguaré, which would become one of the leading ensembles within the nueva trova movement. Under his referral, Dee was enrolled in a Alejandro García Caturla, a music conservatory in Havana Cuba and placed as the lead singer of “Los Soneritos” project at the age of 13, where she sang Afro Cuban and Traditional Cuban music. While a member of this group, she toured several provinces in Cuba, as well as a tour to Mexico in 1996 for Quimera International Art Festival.
At the age of 14, Dee impressively became the lead singer of a big Band called “Los Primos de Cuba” even though she had no previous experience or knowledge of Jazz but was adviced to listen to Ella, Billie, which led to immediately falling in love with Jass as all sounded very familiar to her. Dee was raised in home where everyone sang and was fortunate enough to have been exposed to Nat King Cole, and Whitney Houston her grandmother’s favorite two singers. She continues broadening her musical taste and experimenting with all types of music genres.
Dee continues gaining experience musically and playing at many recognized Cuban Music venues such as “The Gardens UNEAC” (Cuban Union of Artists, a venue that holds short concerts in its garden at might.); “The National Theatre of Havana”, The Capitolio, Art School Ciudad Libertad. Also, in musical multicultural exchange Cuba-Canada in the Havana held at the Conservatory Amadeo Roldán.
From there In Jun 29.1998 Dee arrived in Canada for her first tour with the big band “Los Primos”. She played at the New Glasgow Festival of Culture. Halifax Africanribanza Parade, Neptune Theatre, Starlight Theatre in Lunenberg, Wolfville Acadian Jazz Camp, Halifax Atlantic Jazz Fest in both HMV Tent and Marquee and many other venues till July 26.
Upon her return to Cuba, she joined other bands such as the iconic Nationally known La Banda Meteoros de Cuba singing Popular Cuban Music and doing shows with Los Primos in the country, allowing her to continue growing as a singer and musician. Just before turning 15 years old, Dee was also casted as a dancer for world known Lizt Alfonzo Dance Company in Havana Cuba while taking dance lesson at the Americas Theatre in Havana. However, Music remained her main focus.
On June 28 2000, she was set to play in Toronto Jazz Festival and June 29 in Montreal Jazz festival in Canada, but due to flight complications only arrived July 1 for her 2nd Tour with Los Primos. Starting with PEI confederation day, Atlantic Jazz Fest, Saint John Jazz Festival, Tallship in Halifax and other venues in the Atlantic Canada Provinces. That year Dee made Canada home and moved to Toronto.
In her new home of Toronto, she worked as Singer with different Bands with very different music styles such as Pedras Da Rue singing fusion Bossa Novas, the James Bryan McCollum Jazz group from the Canadian pop duo Prozzäk, Cassava Latin Rhythms who performed various musical styles of Latin America. At this point, she was not only growing at a singer but as an artist, which led to creating what her striking style, which she maintains to this day.
While in Toronto, Dee played in many festivals and venues such as Ritmo y Color Latin Festival Toronto, Harbourfront, Taste of Danforth Festival, Hamilton, and Oakville Jazz festival and Ritmo, Cafe Habana, Lula Lounge just to name a few and recorded a song in a children’s album at Canadian Studio Metal Works with Fisher Price and recorded a song in a children’s album at Canadian Studio Metal Works with Fisher Price.
Dee continued her passion and returned to Atlantic Canada to do a concert in Saint John NB at the Imperial theatre. Shortly after this, she moved there and continued her musical experiences working with her own band playing now her own original music at different music festivals such as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, KV music Fest, Drums Festival in Halifax, Cultural expression Fredericton.
Dee continues crafting and perfecting her sound and creating music that has brought her to this moment. Since the release of her newest single "Breath", Dee has received attention from several radio stations in Ontario and Atlantic Canada and became the front cover of Atlantic Canada sensational EDIT Magazine interviewed and written by comedian and book publisher James Mullinger calling her the "Voice of Canadian-Cuban Jazz".