If the Truth Be Told

Deanna Reuben

A romantic ballad with a latin feel.

Her warm and velvety voice will melt you like a box of fine chocolates. She has the ability to improvise with subtlety (mostly in her phrasing) and sound quite comfortable in a jazz setting. Her voice is lovely in all of its registers and one can easily understand all of the words that she sings.

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Christmas Is Here

Deanna Reuben

Hailed as one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook, her clarion vocals sparkle with her jazzy interpretations of our favorite holiday songs.

"A classically trained singer that found her feet under her in jazz, Reuben knows how to work a classic and deliver a solid performance. With a smoking crew of Philly jazzbos behind her, everyone is working like a unit and the results are always top shelf." Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Deanna is a member of the Recording Academy, and is hailed as one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today. Please check out her previous albums: "The Look of Love," "On Life and Love," and "The Very Thought of You."

Visit her website at www.deannareuben.com, and learn more about her accomplishments as a singer, musician and teacher.

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The Very Thought of You

Deanna Reuben

One of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today, Deanna will tug at your heart strings with her interpretation of these great American Standards. Passion pours from her soul and she will transport you to another realm.

Pick Yourself Up For a singer, the most devastating injury is one to the vocal chords. For a versatile vocalist whose repertoire includes opera and Broadway, such an injury is career threatening. Yet these are the issues that faced Deanna Reuben back in 2003. Peripheral damage from surgery meant that her decorated career as a soloist and as a member of such ensembles as the Paul Hill Chorale and the prestigious Washington Singers was effectively over. Up to that point, Reuben had shared the stage with artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center and Wolf Trap. Deanna Reuben fell in love with music at the age of seven, when she began taking piano lessons. Reuben, who was named after vocalist and Judy Garland contemporary Deanna Durbin, found singing at the age of fourteen, and never had a second thought about what she wanted to do with her life. Her career as a singer has run the gamut from Broadway to madrigals to opera, but Reuben’s versatility has been a key to her success. Aside from her vocal talents, Reuben is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. So when tragedy struck, Reuben changed directions Dust Yourself Off Deanna Reuben returned home to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania to be closer to her family, and in the process remade herself as a performer. A long-time fan of the great American songbook, Reuben began to find her new voice amongst ballads from the golden era of Broadway and from such composers are Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz and Michel Legrand. Reuben was able to translate the conversational style of operatic recitatives to the jazz and Broadway standards that became her new forte, developing a distinctive and highly emotive style. Reuben doesn’t so much sing to a crowd as engage in a musical dialogue with a voice that’s been compared to Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and Astrud Gilberto. Start All Over Again In 2005, Reuben released her debut album, The Look Of Love, celebrating with a performance at Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Base. Critical acclaim and national airplay would follow, and encouraged Reuben to stay the course. By 2008, she began making her own contributions to the great American songbook, composing two haunting ballads with R. Martin Mellinger. “Here In the Night” and “How Do You Measure Love” both appear on Reuben’s sophomore album, On Life And Love.
Reuben has shown an ability to combine the lyricism of Puccini with the panache of a stage performer and a personality and vulnerability that are innate, creating a near-perfect musical conduit for personal connections with her audience. Reuben’s third album, The Very Thought Of You, promises great things. With a backing band who have collectively played with such artists as Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Pat Martino and Phil Woods, among others, and Reuben’s tremendous sense of style and vocal talent, it is hard to imagine Deanna Reuben not making the jump to nationally known recording artist.
There are vocalists in the history of the Great American Songbook who have become iconic through talent, time and a plethora of recordings. These are the singers who have become a part of our national artistic conscience. Barbra Streisand. Frank Sinatra. Mel Tormé. Bing Crosby. Tony Bennett. There are others, but the important nexus between them all is their ability to interpret and convey songs with an authenticity and heart that is real. Deanna Reuben possesses this quality. She also has an incredibly lyric voice and a warmth of tone that combine to create an earthy beauty that is compelling. It is that sense of personal veracity, however, that touches an audience, whether from the stage or through a set of speakers. Reuben still feels the exhilaration of performing after thirty years on stage, and that enthusiasm shines through her performances. Jazz and pop standards continually draw new performers, from unknowns singing in their living rooms to established pop and rock stars looking to return to their roots. For such an established genre there is no end of fresh approaches, yet the freshest approach these days involves getting in touch with the roots of the music. Reuben understands where the music came from, and where it’s going.
Deanna Reuben may not be a household name. Yet.
But she is one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today.

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The Look of Love

Deanna Reuben

Sultry vocals of intimate romantic standards and ballads with a unique jazz flair.

Deanna's passion for her music is portrayed in her pure, yet sultry sound. The intricacies of her velvet voice shine more than ever on her new CD. “The Look of Love sends a message clearer than flowers or a box of candy or dinner and a movie. You get clarion vocals with a stellar jazz quintet that sparkles brightly through sensual ballads and upbeat rhythms.” review by Jim Santella for All About Jazz. "Reuben seems to have found her musical niche when she performs with Mellinger and McKenna, as they complement one another...and her..to create a like-minded group that makes her debut recording one that captures the spirit of her personality." review by Bill Donaldson for Jazz Improv Magazine. Her CD is getting lots of attention with radio air-play throughout the USA. Deanna has always been a versatile singer. From her warm jazzy, pop register she glides seamlessly into a shimmering soprano. "The Look of Love" is a collection of her favorite intimate romantic standards and ballads with a unique jazz flair. Deanna was born into a musical family. And from the moment she took those first piano lessons at the age of seven, music became her passion and the consistent thread in her life. Her mother named her after the famous soprano, Deanna Durbin, in hopes that one day, her little girl would grow up to be a singer. And she did! At the age of 14, all Deanna wanted to do was sing, and sing well. So the voice lessons began and she's never stopped singing. She pursued her career and earned a B.A. in Music from a small, but mighty program at Alvernia College, Reading, PA.
Her career that spans over 30 years and includes concerts, opera, Broadway, choral directing, and the teaching of voice and piano. Deanna has had leading roles in regional opera and community theater productions, and has performed as a soloist throughout the mid-Atlantic states.
While living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she was a professional soloist and member of the prestigious Washington Singers and the former internationally acclaimed Paul Hill Chorale. She performed in concerts featuring prominent artists such as Marvin Hamlish, Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and appearing at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, and the Mann Center. Deanna can be heard in various venues in Eastern Pennsylvania and has been featured in the Berks Jazz Fest, the 3rd largest jazz fest in the nation. Deanna's love for acoustical jazz, standards and romantic ballads has led her to produce her first CD.

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On Life and Love

Deanna Reuben

Mesmerizing vocals and stellar musicians present an album of jazz standards, contemporary ballads, and two originals by the artist.

Deanna Reuben has recently released her 2nd album entitled, “On Life and Love.” Featured on this recording, are two originals entitled "Here in the Night," and "How Do You Measure Love?" - haunting, beautiful ballads composed by Deanna in collaboration with Marty Mellinger. With her clarion, warm vocals, she will mesmerize you with her sensual ballads and energize you with her upbeat rhythms. She will feature her “Best of the Best” stellar jazz sextet, plus seven beautiful strings.

Her first CD, “The Look of Love,” has since earned rave reviews in “Jazz Improv” and “All About Jazz.com.” She enjoys an international distribution as well as national radio play.

In her earlier years as a classical singer, she has performed with prominent organizations in several venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and several Embassies in Washington, DC.

She is not only a talented singer, but a musician with years of experience as a voice teacher, choral director, composer and lecturer.

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