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Deanna Reuben fell in love with music at the age of seven, when she began taking piano lessons. Reuben, who was named after vocalist and Judy Garland contemporary Deanna Durbin, found singing at the age of fourteen, and never had a second thought about what she wanted to do with her life. Her career as a singer has run the gamut from Broadway to madrigals to opera, but Reuben’s versatility has been a key to her success. Aside from her vocal talents, Reuben is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. So when tragedy struck, Reuben changed directions.
Dust Yourself Off
Deanna Reuben returned home to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania to be closer to her family, and in the process remade herself as a performer. A long-time fan of the great American songbook, Reuben began to find her new voice amongst ballads from the golden era of Broadway and from such composers are Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz and Michel Legrand. Reuben was able to translate the conversational style of operatic recitatives to the jazz and Broadway standards that became her new forte, developing a distinctive and highly emotive style. Reuben doesn’t so much sing to a crowd as engage in a musical dialogue with a voice that’s been compared to Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and Astrud Gilberto.
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