Dee Daniels is an accomplished vocalist and musician's musician who passionately delivers timeless performances in multiple genres that include: jazz, blues, gospel, and her original compositions. Her newest CD, The Promise, has garnered awards in multiple categories from the Global Music Awards, and Spiritual Artist of the Year from the Western Canada Music Awards. A sultry songsmith and master of storytelling, she has performed for royalty and international dignitaries on multiple occasions and has an extensive list of performances with combos and big bands. Her international career includes performances across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, South America, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Egypt, twelve African countries, and throughout North America.
She crossed the threshold of the classical world with the creation of her spellbinding Symphony Pops programs, “Great Ladies of Swing”, “The Great American Swing Book”, "A Night Out With The Boys", ” The Soul of Ray: The Music of Ray Charles”, and "Red, Hot, and Blues". She shares a successful Pops program with Juno Award winner, Denzal Sinclair, entitled "Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat and Natalie Cole". Dee has performed and recorded with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. In addition to her accredited presence and magnetic prowess on keys, Daniels adds a spellbinding four- octave plus vocal range to her potent, natural, and unique spin on every song she touches.
Her vocal style was born deep in the gospel roots of her stepfather’s Baptist church choir in Oakland, California, refined through the R&B era, and smoothly polished during a five-year stay in The Netherlands and Belgium from 1982 to 1987. Dee Daniels has performed and/or recorded with the who’s who of the Jazz world including Jazz legends: Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Claudio Roditti, Benny Green, Houston Person, John Clayton, Russell Malone, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Barron, Bill Mays, Jeff Clayton, Benny Golson, Grady Tate, Toots Thielemans, Jeff Hamilton, Monty Alexander, Steve Wilson, Marvin Stamm, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Norman Simmons, Hank and Elvin Jones, Dennis Mackrel, Martin Wind, Bucky Pizzarelli, Helen Sung, Christian McBride, David Young, Neil Swainson Dave Stryker, Bruce Forman, Victor Lewis, and many, many more.
Dee was 2020/21 winner of the Western Canada Music Awards Spiritual Artist of the Year for her latest CD release, The Promise. In 2020 the National Congress of Black Women of Canada honoured Dee with a Legacy Award; in 2010 she received a nomination for an Atlanta Theater’s Suzi Bass Award; in 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and the 2008 President’s Award, both from Capilano University; a recipient of the prestigious and most coveted Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 2003 saw her induction into the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts Hall of Honor; a 1997 University of Montana Distinguished Alumni Award; a 2002 induction into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame and member of Vancouver’s Granville Street Walk of Fame are a testament to her dedication to music.