Deanna Reuben, concert vocalist and recording artist, has become one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today. To date, she has recorded four albums. the latest being a lively jazz holiday recording entitled “Christmas is Here,” released in 2013.
Her greatest honor came when in October, 2017, she received an email from Peter Stoller, the son of the iconic rock’n roll composer, Mike Stoller. Mike and the most distinguished lyricists of our time, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, collaborated to write the single “If the Truth be Told.” Peter told Deanna that his father heard her on an L.A. radio station and asked if she would be interested in recording their new single. This was an opportunity she couldn’t turn down. She immediately engaged two of her finest musicians, recorded and released If the Truth be Told in November 2017.
Her first recording, “The Look of Love,” released in 2005, brought her high praise from critics and casual listeners alike. Her sophomore album, “On Life and Love,” released in 2009 features two of her original compositions. Teaming with R. Martin Mellinger, her haunting ballad “Here in the Night,” leaves her audiences mesmerized as she makes that soulful connection. In 2012, Deanna released her third album, “The Very Thought of You,” and in 2013 she released “Christmas is Here.”
She has received extensive commercial radio airplay time across the U.S., as well as internet airplay and downloads from I-Tunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Sound-cloud, Pandora, Amazon and others. Physical CD’s may be purchased through CD Baby and Amazon.
Earlier in her career, while maintaining a full-time job in real estate, she followed her dream and became a professional soloist with the prestigious Washington Singers, and the former internationally renowned Paul Hill Chorale. She shared the stage with artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center, and Wolf Trap.
A long-time fan of the great American songbook, Reuben began to find a new voice among ballads from the golden era of Broadway and standards from such composers as Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz, Frank Loesser and Michel Legrand. Songs from the American Songbook became her new forte, developing a distinctive and highly emotive style. Deanna doesn’t so much sing to a crowd as engage in a musical dialogue, with a voice and style that’s been compared to Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and Astrud Gilberto.
Today she chooses performance venues of jazz clubs, performing arts centers, universities, private and corporate events. Over the last several years, she has performed in the Berks Jazz Fest, one of the largest jazz venues in the country.
Reuben has shown an ability to combine the lyricism of Puccini with the panache of a stage performer and a personality and vulnerability that are innate, creating a near-perfect musical conduit for personal connections with her audience. She has a tremendous sense of style and vocal talent, and the ability to interpret and convey songs with an authenticity and heart that is real. She also has an incredibly lyric voice and a warmth of tone that combine to create an earthy beauty that is compelling. It is that sense of personal veracity, however, that touches an audience, whether from the stage or through a set of speakers.
Deanna graduated from Alvernia University with a B.A. in Music and served on Alvernia’s Board of Trustees as well as the Reading Symphony Orchestra board. She maintains a private studio teaching voice, piano and theory. In addition, she has composed, produced, and directed community choral organizations.