Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Hope Deans brings a style that is sultry, classy, yet jazzy which makes her an exciting performer to watch on stage. She studied music of the legendary greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and later Roberta Flack, Phyllis Hyman, Janis Joplin and Natalie Cole, to name a few. In California, Hope started off working with other local musicians playing around town and sitting in on jam sessions when possible. She had the opportunity to perform at the award winning restaurant The Sky Room in Long Beach and Steamers Jazz Club and Café with Debbie Ebert and Johnny Blast. Hope soon formed her own band, Doubletake, and immediately became a crowd favorite performing in many clubs and venues. A few of her favorite performances include performing aboard the Queen Mary, The Legendary Blue Guitar in Palm Springs and as a guest performer at the Mrs. California International Pageant. Hope has had the pleasure of singing a song accompanied by the master pianist for Ms. Nancy Wilson, Mr. Llew Matthews. She was once told by her jazz vocal coach to be more laid back like Ms. Fancy Nancy Wilson, but Hope is more of a sassy kind of performer who says she needs to move and groove when singing 'cause the body just wants to dance! Hope has moved audiences in other countries as they enjoyed her style of Jazz, R&B and Blues. Currently residing in Atlanta, Hope has become a hot new artist on the scene. She has performed a Christmas concert, Hope for the Holidays, which was a fundraiser for PAPY (Performing Arts Program for Youth) under the direction of Hilda Willis of Living Your Art. She has also had the pleasure of performing a one-woman concert honoring the ladies of jazz with a tribute to Billie Holiday and Cassandra Wilson. In addition, she has performed at Encore and she will be performing at Café Circa and The Grape at Inman Park in September. Hope has the proven ability to keep her audience entertained and she brings her following with her. At a recent performance, it was reported that she drew in the largest crowd the venue has experienced with a local artist. Hope will be releasing a holiday CD, “Presence”, in November 2008. The CD will include several of Hope’s favorite holiday standards including the beloved tune “What the World Needs Now” featuring The Georgia Youth Choir.