Denise's path to becoming a Christian singer/songwriter has been an interesting one. There were many twists and turns along the way.
Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, with few music opportunities open to her, Denise made singing her hobby and planned a rather conventional future. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained her Education degree. Then, after her teaching internship, she changed course. She went to law school, obtained her degree and began practicing law in Saskatoon. Singing remained a hobby and a wonderful escape.
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After getting married in 1997, Denise began thinking about 'the road not taken'. With the support of her husband, she decided to pursue music more seriously. She began with pop and country, even singing a 'Linda Ronstadt' tribute with a local band.
Her course changed again when Denise started writing her own songs. Though she wrote some pop and country songs at first, she felt something was missing. A committed Roman Catholic, she turned to writing songs grounded in faith and love. It was and is her strongest wish to write songs which reflect her own experiences as a follower of Jesus.
Denise and her husband moved to Regina in 2001 and she took the opportunity to follow her heart and faith more fully. She reduced her law practice to part-time so she could spend more time on her music. She released her debut independent CD entitled “Who I Am” in the spring of 2003. The album, containing ten original songs, was nominated for “Gospel Album of the Year” by the SK Country Music Association and received two Canadian VIBE award nominations for “Inspirational Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. In 2007, Denise was named one of Saskatchewan’s “50 Rising Stars” by Prairies North magazine.
After taking some time off to start a family, Denise released her 2nd CD “Child of God” in December 2009, featuring ten original songs and Denise’s rendition of “Amazing Grace”. Both CDs are available in Christian stores throughout Saskatchewan and can be heard on Canadian and international radio stations. Denise's personal and inspirational style of music continues to touch the hearts of those who hear her.
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association (SRIA)
Canadian Gospel Music Association (CGMA)
Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA)
Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish Folk Choir
"I am so blessed to be able to pursue my dream of singing and songwriting with the complete support of my husband and family. It is my hope to bring joy and peace to those who hear my music. If I can touch but one person, I have achieved success."
MEMBERSHIPSSociety of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
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