Primary Instrument: Vocal
One of the brightest smiles you could imagine is worn on the face of Dena Taylor. A jovial spirit with a robust laugh is what you will find if you’re fortunate enough to spend any time with her.
Taylor spent twelve years abroad in the military, combining her years of service with a series of low-profile concert and event gigs. She also accepted invitations to sing with touring USO shows whenever it was compatible with her military schedule.
Taylor's road to success has been hard-won, even inspirational. Upon leaving the military, Taylor found herself in a violent car accident that left her with a severe brain injury requiring a full two years to regain her ability to speak and walk again. And, since that time, she has also waged her own personal battle against breast cancer.
As a way of returning to her music, Taylor established a music ministry and took her voice to many of the mountain churches of North Georgia as a traveling guest singer. She was also one of the primary vocalists in her own home church.
Once relocated to Florida, she returned to the stage as one of the gold-star cast members of the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse appearing in productions of Kiss Me Kate, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddler on the Roof. From there, she went on to establishing herself as a solid solo performer. Her pairings with some of the regions finest musicians resulted in her award winning CD, Round Midnight, that she made with Ron Teixeira, Ron Pirtle and Dave Dunscombe.
Besides her own bands, Dena & Company (with notables Ron Teixeira, Dave Dunscombe and John Fitzgerald) and Troika (with gifted Hammond B-3 artist, Kenny Clarke, and drummer Dave Dunscome), her reputation also made her a frequent guest vocalist of regional jazz and blues groups.
Taylor was also named one of the Top Five Vocalists in the SingersUniverse Best Vocalist Of The Month Competition.
Today, Taylor lends her personal support to a number of causes that support others who have endured adversity or are in the midst of their challenges and it is a testament to Taylor's talent, however, that her sound never seems preachy. Rather, the adversity Taylor has faced personally lends her voice a hard, knowing edge - like that of a Gladys Knight at her prime - that gives her music a ripened maturity so many pop stars lack.
Also, she has begun working with international recording artist, Jonathan Emile, to develop a cross-genre single that will be an Internet release with proceeds benefiting The Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S. and Coast-to-Coast, a Canadian non-profit organization supporting children with cancer.