Get to know me!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! While a formal bio may suit some, I prefer to share a little more of my background that goes beyond the bullet points and awards. Below is a little of my past, present, and future aspirations that push me to continue on this journey as an artist. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, comments, or simply want to say hello, please visit my contact page!
My name is Darynn Dean and music moves me in unimaginable ways. Around the age of seven I remember jammin’ to Nat King Cole’s Hit that Jive, Jack album. The album provided such a sense of comic relief that even as a seven year old, I fell in love with the music of the time: Jazz. As a child I sang incessantly around the house, but I did not take my craft seriously until my uncle suggested that I audition as vocalist for a Jazz Big Band.
Once I joined, I underwent the experience of a lifetime. The band and I performed all over Los Angeles, including venues like the Catalina Jazz Club, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, and the Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival. As I delved deeper into the jazz scene I realized there was more to learn beyond the Big Band repertoire. I began to practice other songs and learn them with finesse. This included searching for places to learn about music theory so I could not only be a singer, but a musician as well. On my quest I met Barbara Morrison, who took me under her wing and gave me a scholarship to take music theory classes and voice lessons at her performing arts center. The classes helped me tremendously and I was inspired to find other resources that would help me grow as a vocalist.
As I developed vocally, I expanded my musical endeavors. In my sophomore and junior year of high school I competed in the Spotlight Awards, a performing arts scholarship competition, and was selected as a Semi-finalist. In 2013 I competed nationally in the NAACP ACT-SO competition and received gold in the Vocal Contemporary category. My desire to find other great opportunities did not stop there. That same year I was accepted into the Grammy Jazz Choir and sang at the official Grammy Foundation events with seven other talented choir members. I was chosen as a 2015 National Young Arts Finalist in the Jazz Voice category, and attended an all-expenses paid trip to Miami. Once there, I participated in master classes taught by some of the world’s most prominent artists.
Although winning the award is memorable, it is only a milestone on a journey that will continue for the rest of my life. The deep bond I have formed with music is my constant. The joy I feel on stage confirms that music is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Five years from now, I envision myself singing at Carnegie Hall, touring Tuscany, and enjoying the career I have created.
I am currently majoring in Vocal Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory Boston MA. At the Conservatory I am exploring the musical world with determined like-minded individuals. Before I graduate college I see myself being fully immersed in the world of music and ready for imminent success.