Dessy Di Lauro
For Dessy Di Lauro, her life has been an incredible journey through music. Born on the tough East-end of Montreal, she began her career at an early age: signing along to Sarah Vaughn Records and in Gospel choirs. She later became a staple of Montreal, singing in night clubs, on La Force De Comprendre, the first French-Canadian rap album to ever go platinum, and featured in Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba.
In 2002, she released her first EP, A Study of A Woman’s Soul(CrazyglueMusic, 2004) with the help of a musician/producer Ric’key Pageot. The EP was critically acclaimed by critics in Canada, Europe and the U.S. Chris Wells, chief-editor of Echoes Magazine wrote: ‘Her interesting heritage shines through the rhythms and arrangements, putting Dessy on soul’s jazzier side – just where I like it?”
In 2008, she moved to Los Angeles, performing with Patti Labelle, The Neville Brothers, Deborah Cox, and punk/rock pioneer band, Social Distortion. Upon Pageot’s return from touring with Madonna, the couple immediately began working on new music for Dessy’s sophomore CD, This Is Neo-Ragtime. They reinvented themselves by meshing their jazz influences with a more contemporary urban sound, which can be best described as ''Feathered Frohawk Futuristic Art Deco Centric Harlem Renaissance Hep Music,'' with a live show incorporating elements from the ''Speak Easy Era'' with garters, feathered head pieces and paper boy caps.
The first single and music video, "Why U Raggin?" from the new EP, Jump N’ Jivin’: Live @ The Swing House (CrazyglueMusic, 2010) won two Hollywood Music in Media Awards, including Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. Her astute sense of fashion is also shown in the 'Raggin' video where you can see Dessy rocking her self-designed black low-cut jacket. She is planning to start her own fashion line in the near future. Her new music video, Jump ‘N’ Jivin’ will be released this coming February 2013.
Dessy feels she has a lot to give back to her audience thanks to her will of overcoming adversity. She vows to remain what she has always been throughout her life, unique and unconventional. Jay Sloan, Senior Director of Creative Affairs and Membership of Rhythm and Soul at ASCAP, has said about Dessy that: ‘’her music is relevant, it’s necessary.’’