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Demetria Joyce Bailey

I wanted to be a Quarterback but after a few rough games, I found the Arts!!!

About Me

Number 5 out of 7 children, Demetria was born in San Jose, CA and raised in Fullerton, CA. She tried to play football but after a few tough games, she realized her calling was in the performing arts. As a vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University she was a featured vocalist with the Surrey Singers, created her One-Woman Show as well as being a featured performer in numerous theatrical productions. She has performed throughout the US, Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. Demetria is a professional Actress / Vocalist / Voiceover Artist and some of her favorite roles include Ethel Waters, Ethel Waters His Eye is on the Sparrow (2007 Barrymore Award Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical); the Nurse, CBS' Hack; Perlene Scott, HBO's The Wire 4th season; Lutiebell, Purlie; Mrs. Ott, Susannah; Chiffon, Little Shop of Horrors; Susannah, Tintypes; Mama Morton, Chicago; Electra, Gypsy and the Charlene Woodard Role in Ain't Misbehavin'. Demetria was the Music Director for Gimmie the Mic Philadelphia 2004 & 2005 on UPN57-TV (2004 Emmy Award Winner for Best Live Performance). Demetria is the Lead Vocalist with the Joe Dawson Jazz Ensemble and the 18 piece Spartan Alumni Jazz Band of Wilmington, DE. She was a featured vocalist in the Summer Musicale Series at Bristol Riverside Theatre; In Concert at Hedgerow Theatre, Media, PA; Starring Vocalist for Jazz in the Wood, Collingswood, NJ and performed at the 2010 Cape May Jazz Festival. Recently Demetria performed to a sold out audience at World Café Live Philly and debuted her new one woman show Comes Love, A Tribute To Billie Holiday to a sold out weekend at Passage Theatre, Trenton. Demetria has been singing all her life and over the past few years, she feels she has truly found her voice. The time was right for her debut recording - Takin' a Chance... My CD can be purchase at the following:, or If you would like to take a listen, please go to my website at

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because...when I finally had a chance to sit and really listen as well as learn and perform, I was hooked. I truly love the old school sound, like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney and the list goes on... I was first exposed to my parents in Southern Cal. I will continue this conversation a little later, but right now, I have some musical work to do!

My Favorites

  1. Ella Fitzgerald - Live in Concert Berlin 1968
  2. John P Kee - Show Up
  3. Demetria Joyce Bailey - Takin' a Chance...