With a velvety smooth voice that draws on her influences Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, and Rickie Lee Jones singer/songwriter Denise Russell is a name you may not recognize yet, but you will soon. Her music is jazz-infused, melody-driven acoustic pop with lyrical depth but it is her voice that will make any listener stop and pay attention.
Eliot Sloan, lead singer for Blessid Union of Souls, heard Denise at a festival at which his band was headlining and was so taken with her voice that they became friends and co-writers. Denise has also performed with Alton Lee Hood, lead singer for the Grammy-nominated contemporary R&B group Disciples of Christ. More recently she has shared the stage with Faith Evans, Diana Krall, and Norah Jones.
Denise grew up in a small town in Ohio. The daughter of an accomplished pianist, she realized at a very young age she was destined to become a songwriter.
In 2021 she participated in a masterclass given by world-renowned singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier(Mercy Now) from Nashville. "It was during the time of COVID and it was an amazing experience to work with one of the best songwriters in the world. It changed how I view my music and has taken me on a deeper path into how songs come to me and how I interpret them."
Her 5 song EP boasts an all-star Nashville backing band, including drummer John Gardner(Dixie Chicks) and guitarist Michael Durham(Dave Mathews Band, Tim McGraw).
"I'm a Christian in a secular world, singing in secular venues. I don't preach to people. I just write and sing about what I'm feeling. If it's about God, that's cool- and if it's not, that's cool too. "
I hope to tap into a market that spans the genres of pop, folk, and jazz and appeals to a wide audience whose musical appetites are not currently being met. I'd like to fill that void.