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Saturday, February 6, 2016

DeDe Wedekind's NEW Album "Dream of You" releases in Feb 2016!

Well, thanks to my friend and Editor in Chief at #WebHost Magazine & #Indie #Music Magazine (http://indiemusicmagazine.live/2016/02/06/dede/)  Randy Lockhart, there's sure
a lot to be thankful for! This is what he posted about me on 3 of his Indie Music Websites today (thanks Randy!):

DeDe Wedekind, or just “DeDe” as she goes by for music, is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. DeDe won Song of the Year at the 2015 IMEA AWARDS in Atlanta this past October for her new single “Stronger” from her upcoming album, Dream of You. Dream of You is DeDe’s highly anticipated 4th album, which will be released on Feb 12, 2016.

For her new album, which has been almost 2 years in the making, DeDe’s been songwriting with Los Angeles-based Multi-Platinum Producer & Songwriter, Kevin DeClue (Hillary Duff, Charlie Midnight & Rihanna). DeDe wrote or co-wrote all the songs on Dream of You. This album and the new hit single: “Love Lives On”, were recorded at Nashville’s famed 515 Studio with Multi-Platinum mega-hit Songwriter & Producer, Andrew Fromm. Andrew is the songwriter for the ‘NSync “Millenium” album, the Backstreet Boys, Marc Anthony & many others, and he not only helped DeDe arrange the piano part for Love Lives On, but also is featured playing this song on DeDe’s new album.

DeDe’s currently a Featured New Artist with a 10-page! Spotlight on her music and her upcoming album in the February 2016 Indie Music Magazine (IMC Magazine pages 30-39), and you can find the article: DeDe: An Artist In Her Prime & Ahead of Her Time, here: http://www.theimcmag.com/. She’s also the Women of Substance Radio’s Featured Artist for February: http://www.wosradio.com. On Feb. 15th, DeDe’s featured as a New Artist in the March edition of the #Lov3rs #Artists United Magazine, with a review of her new song, Prime of Life: http://www.magcloud.com/WEBVIEWER/1035477.

DeDe won 2 Albums of the Year (and one Song of the Year), from the International Music & Entertainment Awards in 2014 for Album #2: Love & Fairy Tales, and album #3: World of Christmas! Over the past 3 years of her 4-year career, DeDe’s been a repeat FINALIST in the following International Songwriting Contests: the International Songwriting Contest, The USA Songwriting Contest, the UK Songwriting Contest, the 2014 Annual Dallas Songwriting Contest, and Song of the Year.com’s 2015 Songwriting Contest in July 2015.  Read more...
Here are all 3 links to Randy's Indie Music Magazine articles:

http://webhostmagazine.rocks/dede-wedekind/

http://indiemusicmagazine.live/2016/02/06/dede-wedekind/

http://indiemusicmagazine.live/2016/02/06/dede/

Find all DeDe's Music, SignUp to be a Fan, get Monthly News & Shows, and find out more about DeDe here: www.DeDe-Music.com. LIKE DeDe on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DeDeWedekind

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DeDe's Music Featured on Pages 30-39 of the February 2016 Indie Music Coalition Magazine!

DeDe:  An Artist In her Prime-Ahead of Her Time by Beth Fedornak

At the October, 2015 International Music & Entertainment Awards (http://www.IMEAawards.com), we had the pleasure of hearing 2014 Two-time Album of the Year winner & 2015 Song of the Year winner, DeDe Wedekind, perform her Folk Song of the Year Nominee, “Prime of Life from her upcoming album Dream of You.  But her Song of the Year Category win that night was for her Adult Contemporary original, “Stronger”.

What sets this talented artist apart from others is not only her great vocals, which garnered her Best Vocalist in March 2014 on SingerUniverse.com, but her unique & versatile songwriting.  DeDe writes songs that cross many genres of music including: Adult Contemporary, Folk, Pop, Country-Pop, Rock, Americana, Singer/Songwriter, World Music, Jazz and Inspirational.   This was evident when at the 2014 IMEA Award Show she received 9 nominations in 7 different categories (the most of any IMEA Artist).


And indeed she was a winner: she went to the stage to accept a grand total of 3 IMEA awards that chilly October Night in Kentucky for: AC Album of the Year for Love & Fairy Tales (7/2013), Holiday Album of the Year for World of Christmas (11/2013), and Song of the Year for “Canon on the Lord’s Prayer”. This tied DeDe with friend and singer/songwriter Matthew Huff, Country Artist of the Year who also won 3 awards, the most awards won by any artists at the show. Says DeDe about this honor:


       “We were all rooting for each other, all of us Indie artists who had been hanging in there, writing songs like crazy, and performing all over the place… in a very tough, sometimes brutal industry. I’d just joined the IMEA because it sounded like a worthwhile organization for indie artists-and it is. The rest was about timing: I decided to submit a bunch of songs from my 2 albums I’d just released in 2013 on a whim-thinking “what the hec”? I have all these new songs, and maybe these judges will like one of them?  But getting that many nominations, and that kind of real support and recognition for my music, well, that was only surpassed by getting to meet and know all of these other great indie artists from around the world- (struggling!) artists who were a lot like me. It was truly a watershed moment for my songwriting, and it was a life-changing and pivotal moment for me and my music career.”

 Growing up near Houston, she hails from a long line of actors, storytellers and musicians on her father's Welsh side.  She is one of seven musical children from an exceptionally creative family.  DeDe herself is a classically-trained singer, pianist and flutist.  While she had pursued music on a part-time basis in her 20’s and early 30’s after a career in marketing, she came to realize that music was coming back into her life. Only about 7 years ago, DeDe started singing songs around the house that she’d never heard before, and started having dreams about music. It was at that moment she realized that her true calling was to pursue a more active role as a songwriter and musician.  She decided to hone her theory, performing and songwriting by returning to college for additional musical training. With the support of husband, Larry, she began to pursue music again full-time.

DeDe tells stories through her music: her original songs are about her feelings, her life, her personal thoughts, joys, losses, hopes, dreams and experiences. She feels that she has a calling: a gift for relating her music & melodies to what we all are experiencing in our real lives. “At first it was really scary for me to step out on a limb and try to start a new career in a field where I’m definitely not an expert. But I'm not afraid anymore," says DeDe. "Not afraid to say the things that I feel need to be said, and to take a chance with my music. I've found my joy, my purpose, and my peace." 

Her latest album, Dream of You, is unique in that it tells the story of the emotions, struggles, triumphs and the journey that is DeDe’s life.  However, it’s not a blow-by-blow recounting of each and every major life event, but rather a playbook of dreams, hopes, and feelings, both positive and negative. Its full of thought-provoking lyrics: observations about the changes she’s been through, and all the emotions and relationships along the way that defined the life-shaping moments in her life.  Each song is autobiographical and details actual feelings and thoughts she had about events and experiences: songs about her dreams, hopes, disappointments and relationships that are all a part of what has made her who she is. 


Every listener will be able to relate to DeDe’s dynamic and word-picture filled lyrics, since her songs tell the story of events that happen to us all. Songs that encompass the dreams of youth (Dream of You), the wild times and struggles of growing up & looking for love, such as we find in her 80’s Bon-Jovi like rock tribute: Leaning on Heaven.  We relate to her searches for acceptance and meaning in life via Prime of Life, and the rush of sexual attraction and thrill of romantic love in DeDe’s super-sexy, Latin bossa nova, Recipe of Love. Then it all unravels with her Rolling Stones-esque Sell Me Out about complete betrayal of trust, heartbreak, and being left all alone. And in the end- redemption: finding the strength to get through anything with “Stronger”, and the capacity to know and be able to give true love (Love Lives On, with Andrew Fromm on piano, writer of N-Sync’s Millenium Album). 

Through the many challenges and experiences DeDe ‘s faced personally and in her music, she finally feels equipped to accept herself and her circumstances, understand the real meaning of love, and what truly matters in life. Important things like: relationships with family and friends, finding unconditional love (My Unsung Hero), a solid marriage (Today I’ll Marry My Friend), and the realization that she is comfortable with where her life has lead her.  She has also discovered how to overcome fears and the renewed ability to believe in yourself and in the one(s) you love.  

...read more here:
http://www.joomag.com/magazine/mag/0012248001449129331
& Subscribe to the Monthly Indie #Music Coalition Magazine!

Friday, January 22, 2016

WOMEN of SUBSTANCE RADIO PODCASTS: Great New Artists...Great New Music!


Listen to & Download all Podcasts & Hear new music from great female Indie artists on 
WOS RADIO Podcasts: http://breenoble.libsyn.com/

My song "Dream of You" is on the below Podcast (Click Below):

Your Valentine just got an infusion of romance from the music on ‪#‎Podcast‬ Episode 314 Music By Sometimes Julie Erika Kulnys Ces Indie Tiffany Gow  Katie MarieDeborah DeDe Wedekind Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Guitar Monica SorensonRick Walker

And thank you Bree Noble & WOS Radio for making me your Featured Artist in February 2016! Listen here and get a FREE download of my Indie Song of the Year "Stronger" from Dream of You (NEW! Album & Single MP3's available Feb 9th, 2016): http://www.wosradio.com/

Also tune in Feb. 1-5 to hear the New Music Show, featuring great new music & another one of my new (rocking!) songs,  "Leaning on Heaven", a co-write with Multi-Platinum Writer/Producer, Kevin DeClue: http://www.wosradio.com/new-music/

Thanks for listening to new music from Indie Artists!  

-DeDe :)  Hear & Purchase music here: www.DeDe-Music.com


Female Artists- Submit your music (& listen) here:  
WOS RADIO Website: http://www.wosradio.com/

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sometimes a (Good) Band Is Hard to Come By....

     Or, The Trials & Tribulations of DeDe's Search for a GREAT band-And how has it all panned out? Let's just say it's A Happily-Ever-After Ending:)!

DeDe & the DayDreams perform at a company Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2015.
Left to right: Damien Clark, Alan Steinmetz, DeDe & Jim Embry (not pictured: Larry Wedekind)

     Over the past 8 months, Texas Singer/Songwriter DeDe and her awesome DayDreams Band have had a whirlwind debut in Houston, and all over the USA! They literally burst onto the Houston music scene with 3 Festivals right out of the gate since their start in mid summer of 2015. In August 2015, they were honored to attend the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans where DeDe was a Spotlight Artist at the famed New Orleans House of Blues. Then DeDe was chosen to be a Featured Performer in September at the Light at the Lighthouse Inspirational Festival in Los Angeles. Then within less than a month, DeDe & the DayDreams again appeared on the Budweiser Mainstage at the The Houston StreetFest near Navigation in October! About "birthing" a new band DeDe says:

     "It's amazing that we have any band at all at this point, we had so much changeover in the beginning. At the first of the year, I'd joined a band and it was mostly jazz. They had another male vocalist who really didn't want a female (vocalist) added, and they weren't really getting any bookings, so I took off, but I took along their amazing drummer, my (now) close friend, and very talented Alan Steinmetz!  We must have gone through like 6 guitarists, and 3-4 bass players, but it's always been Alan and me from the first of the year.

     Friends tell me that to find good band members who all like each other, like the same music and all get along is really hard and you have to go through a lot of players to find the right combo. But the hardest thing for me to find in my bandmates has been the commitment to practice weekly, learn my original music, and the willingness & flexibility to do the gigs and commit to them -no matter what. That's what was really hard to find until we added Damien Clark on guitar. He not only looks great onstage, but he's toured with some music legends and shared the stage with pros, and he's a real pro himself (and a great guy), all the way. He plays just about anything by ear or with music. And now we have a band, and it's a real winner!"


   The band also had many corporate parties and events in November & December, and then DeDe took a solo tour to Panama after Christmas, and over the New Year where she performed 3 sold-out concerts! Talk about not getting a breather- and the band just keeps on playing!  A corporate ribbon cutting in the Heights at the end of January, and another invite to be featured on Live From Center Stage TV in Massachusettes, a feature in the Feb. IMC Magazine an Indie music magazine, and the list goes on and on....

Flyer for one of DeDe's shows in Panama


     On top of all that, DeDe's furiously working to finalize her new album that's currently been getting a lot of Nashville and radio attention: "Dream of You", finally out in February '16 (overdue because of illness (DeDe's), and a much-needed management/production venue change back to Houston from Nashville).  
DeDe's new album cover!

     So what's next? Now DeDe's ready to take a break and then tackle her next Big Project: her upcoming Valentine's concert with Soprano Meagan Stapleton at the New Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble (350 seats and brand new on the site of the old Humble High). This concert will feature jazzy standards (many from DeDe's first album Clear Skies Ahead), as well as some more classic styling: songs from Meagan's Soprano and DeDe's Mezzo-Soprano classical repertoire!  Talk about a change of pace!  

     On April 9th, DeDe and her band are performing at the Barefoot in the Park showcase for the New Grand Central Park Housing Community Development in Conroe, location TBA. In May you'll have the chance to catch DeDe & the DayDreams as they perform songs from DeDe's original new album, Dream of You- again, at the Bender Performing Arts Center. Says DeDe: "I'm very happy to be honored to be selected to perform at this beautiful new Center for the Arts right here in Humble near Kingwood where I live. Me and the band are really excited, this will be one of our largest audiences because the center is brand new and it holds 350 people! We are hoping to fill it completely with markeing and promotion help from Richard Mintz and all the great staff at the Humble PAC and City of Humble. I also promote all of my local public shows on social media to my over 100K internet fans, so hopefully we will really get the word out about this great center and all the new shows they are scheduling this spring, summer and fall in their 1st & 2nd seasons!" Read more about this new historic arts venue & the upcoming show schedule at: www.Humblepac.com

    As for DeDe, well, she's not taking a break any time soon, with demand for her music and original shows in Panama and other parts of the US and Texas on the rise. Recently they were invited to perform at the New Orleans Mardi Gras Festival, but sadly, due to the loss of a bass player, they had to turn down that particular booking. DeDe's been contacted by a number of great Venues and booking agents all around Houston, and so far has managed to keep herself, and her band, very busy indeed. For bookings, and to hear all DeDe's music and get information about Dede and her Daydreams Band visit: Reverbnation.com & to order her new album, Dream of You, visit www.DeDe-Music.com.


DeDe & husband Larry ring in the new year in Panama at the Rock Restaurant!

Friday, December 11, 2015

My December to Remember Christmastime News...


Hi there,
A very merry and joyous Christmastime & a Happy New Year in 2016 to you!  Thanks for being my fan, and for purchasing, sharing & listening to my music, and for all your support in 2015! Many exciting things are happening, but above all I wanted to wish you all a truly memorable & blessed Christmas! 
Just a few updates:
My New Album "Dream of You"
As many of you know, my album is scheduled to be out very soon. We had a setback because I was ill for over a month, and couldn't sing! But it's back on track and we're almost finished mixing in Nashville, and on  to mastering, and then the album will be out-hopefully in time for Valentines! If you want to reserve your signed copy, please feel free to email me or respond to this email with your address and the number you want. I'll hold one (or more) for my email family for just $10 plus $2 shipping each in the Continental US (shipping is for up to 4)!!   This is a great deal because it will cost over $15 ea. to get one hardcopy if you order it after release...The songs are beautiful and a little different than my "usual". They're very honest & personal, with a bit of a folk, country-pop edge. I call it Amerifolk Pop-Country. There's also a little Latin jazz and even some rock-n-roll!
I think you'll enjoy the songs, and really relate to the lyrics. BTW- One original Single, "Stronger", already won Song of the Year at the 2015 IMEA Awards in Atanta on Oct. 24th, 2015, & Prime of Life was awarded Top 5 Finalist on Song of the Year.com, and nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 IMEA awards! This album is actually based on the story of my life.  A story all of us can relate to: the dreams of youth, falling in love, aspirations, challenges & regrets, moving on, dealing with changes, and finally: love & acceptance. I sing about romance, the real meaning of love, the importance of family bonds, disappointments & heartbreak, finally growing up! and being happy and content right where you are now.
Please listen to some of the new songs here: www.Reverbnation.com/Deborahwedekind & please let me know what you think of my demos of "Stronger", "Prime of Life", "Recipe of Love" & "Dream of You" ok?
Upcoming Shows
Since we've been working so hard on this album, we only have a handful of shows coming up, but I still wanted you to know about them...Most are private company Christmas parties, but I have a few shows coming soon:
New Years Show...in Boquete, Panama!  Stay tuned, I'm sending info to my Latin American/Panamanian friends soon! This show will be much different than my Christmas show at the Rock- more Jazzy and more dance music!
Feb 13, 2016, 7-9pm  Valentine's Show at the Bender Performing Arts Center, Humble.   Featuring jazzy-pop standards by classical Soprano Megan Stapleton, & Mezzo Soprano DeDe Wedekind :) More show information TBA!

Have a wonderful Christmas and God bless you & your families!
DeDe & Larry (Cookie & Sugar too!) Wedekind :)
DeDe's Official Website:  www.DeDe-Music.com  Hear samples of DeDe's music and get albums!
Twitter:  @DeDeWMusic

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sign the Petition....for the US to STOP Music & Copyright Online Piracy!

Hi there,

As an independent Singer/Songwriter, Anti-Piracy's a subject that's near and dear to my heart: my music copyrights, sales, and revenues have been personally all but destroyed by online music & video internet piracy, and this is happening worldwide unfortunately. These folks are not just stealing our songs, they're stealing our copyrighted art, our identities, and our very livelihood: the income we rely on to support ourselves & our families, and to keep on writing and performing music!  I liken it to this scenario: would we tolerate it if someone walked in to a museum and took an original painting off the wall, copied it- and sold it to millions of people along with the original?

Whether you're an artist or just enjoy music, I sincerely hope you'll take just a few short minutes to read a very brief article below by William Buckley of FairPlay Inc., and SIGN the Petition on the site link below.  Online piracy effects all of us in one way or another, so keep all of the great new music & videos coming-take action now!

Thanks so much!
DeDe   www.DeDe-Music.com  & www.youtube.com/1DWedekind



SIGN THE PETITION. Art is not a digital file. Stop penalizing creators and close the loophole that has provided an unintended Safe Harbor for online piracy since 1999.
SIGN THE PETITION. Art is not a digital file. Stop penalizing creators and close the loophole that has provided an unintended Safe Harbor for online piracy since 1999.
Please share this important message with others...

Musicians, songwriters, filmmakers, authors & photographers have lost billions of dollars to online piracy due to a loophole in our existing copyright laws.