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Des'Ree Lyrics

Des'Ree - Biography

One of Des'ree's lesser known records is one of her most telling.
It's the record she's held at Sony S2 since 1992 for the least
amount of time ever between a demo tape arriving on a desk and
hitting the shops as a dbut single. The record stands at twelve
weeks. All it took was twelve weeks to become a major recording
artist.

"Feel So High", taken from the album "Mind
Adventures" the track that kicked the notoriously unhurried
wheels of a major label into accelerated motion was a hit all over
the world. The electrifying rate of its success created a new
musical phenomenon from a woman only 23 years old. It showed a
promise she has consistently fulfilled even surpassed and the single
"Life", from the new album "Supernatural", is no
exception.

It's been six extraordinary years since Des'ree made her dbut and
she's used that time to take stock. She recalls, "Everything
happened so fast, I'd gone from being a camera shy young woman,
singing to myself in the mirror, to travelling around the world,
touring with a band and doing interviews in every kind of medium,
and I'm still recovering", she laughs. "I don't have it in
me to ride a rollercoaster. I need to know where I'm going. I need
to be the pilot." Two album releases and a string of hit
singles later, the same quality of restraint can be heard in the
music she has created. Slowly and gently, through "Mind
Adventures" in 1992 to "I Ain't Movin'" in 1994 and
its record-breaking single "You Gotta Be", Des'ree has
been developing the kind of deep, lyrical sensuality that defies
existing musical categories and breaks through to create new ones.

Growing up in South London, Des'ree's introduction to music came
from her parents who, coming to Britain from the Caribbean, brought
with them their island sounds, enabling their daughter to experience
reggae, calypso and jazz along with British pop music. "In my
living room we used to listen to the likes of Duke Ellington, Bob
Marley and Stevie Wonder while I imagined I was Gladys Knight
singing on stage. I was always entertaining friends and family. I
was a little exhibitionist.".

It was on returning from a 3 year spell in Barbados with her family,
at the age of 14, that Des'ree knew she wanted her life to revolve
around music. An avid reader from an early age, she soon found
herself moving from studying poetry to writing it, condensing
everything she learned from her culture, history and life
experiences and setting it to music. It's a style of composition
that hasn't changed over the years.

Finding her own voice out of that initial decision has been an
interesting adventure that Des'ree has undertaken sometimes alone,
sometimes in partnership. "Working with great musicians has
enabled me to regard my voice as an instrument - to explore
textures, tones, moods and velocities. I really enjoy experimenting.
I never try to be cool, I just go with my instinct." Des'ree's
writing and co-writing strength has never been more evident than on
"Supernatural", it marks a stage in her life when she is
at her most vocally confident and most emotionally composed.

In 1994 the hit single "You Gotta Be" allowed Des'ree to
break into America. The impact of the single was extraordinary,
rapidly becoming a nationwide anthem. "You Gotta Be" broke
US records, becoming the most played video on VH1 and after 80 weeks
was still on the Billboard recurrent air-play chart. As a result
Des'ree's second album, "I Ain't Movin'", has sold in
excess of 1.6 million worldwide. In fact the impact of the song
around the world has been so great that "You Gotta Be" was
selected to go on the tribute album for Diana, Princess Of Wales.

The success of her new material created another whirlwind of
activity for Des'ree. She travelled the world on a sell out tour and
in partnership with Seal, took America by storm on the most popular
US tour of 1995. Another landmark experience in that year was her
performance at the first ever secular concert at the Vatican and
subsequently having a personal audience with the Pope to receive a
blessing.

Between the release of "I Ain't Movin'" and her
forthcoming album "Supernatural", Des'ree has been busy in
the film world, providing soundtrack material for Spike Lee's
'Clockers', 'Set It Off' and more recently 'Romeo And Juliet', a
film which marked her personal big screen dbut. Director Baz
Lurhmann approached her to contribute a song to his Hollywood
interpretation of 'Romeo And Juliet' and to critical acclaim Des'ree
sang "Kissing You (Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet)" at
'The Capulet's Ball', where the young 'Romeo' and 'Juliet' (Leonardo
De Caprio and Claire Danes), played their first scene together. The
scene launched them to superstardom and Des'ree's music is
intimately associated with that moment.

Now, with her third album "Supernatural", Des'ree returns
to an arena which has seen the rise of many imitators in recent
years, each emphasizing a particular aspect of her genre defying
style. So deep an impression has she made that a few recent songs by
other artists, including Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's
Gone", have been so heavily influenced by Des'ree's "Feel
So High" that settlements between the artists are expected to
be reached this year.

Des'ree continues to develop, her style evolving and maturing all
the time. It's a testing process - as she says, "It's not just
that people expect a lot from me, I demand a lot from myself."
The making of "Supernatural" has been her biggest
challenge to date. The album is a testament to Des'ree's greatest
and most famous attribute - her ability to mould melody with her
mellifluous voice. The tracks soar on those trademark strong,
uplifting hooks, whether the backbeat is driven by folk guitar
("Indigo Daisies", "Down By The River") or
grooves along to sunny reggae rhythms ("Proud To Be A
Dread"). Des'ree's vocal buoyancy turns her first single
"Life", into an ice-melting fusion of pop and soul and
makes the sweeping ballad "I'm Kissing You" into more of a
symphony than a song. "Supernatural" takes you on a cruise
past some unexpected musical scenery - funk, reggae, folk and ballad
with a final twist in the tale.

It's music for dancing around your living room on a wet Sunday
morning or for driving down a warm coastline in a classic
convertable with the stereo turned right up. The music possesses
Des'ree's trademark chameleon vibe, making it sound right anywhere
you like, but remain unmistakable.

There's no summing up Des'ree's story - it's so obviously ongoing
and developing all the time. She has already broken records - no
doubt she will break more. People who love her music associate her
with the words of her biggest hit - "You gotta be bad, you
gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser". She's proved she can be all
this and now she's got her eyes on the future.

Facts In Brief:

"I Ain't Movin'" album:

Platinum album in USA (1.3 million sold)
Over 1.6 million sold worldwide
Gold album and single in Australia
Gold album in Canada
Gold album in Brazil
Gold album in UK

"You Gotta Be video: Most played video on VH1 (USA) ever (at
that time)
"You Gotta Be" video: nominated for 2 MTV (USA) awards,
IAAAM award.
BMI award "You Gotta Be"
Ivor Novello song writing award ("You Gotta Be")
Romeo & Juliet soundtrack has now sold in excess of 6 million
worldwide.
Diana Tribute album has now sold in excess of 8 million worldwide.

Source: http://www.desree.co.uk/
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