Denean, winner of the 2000 New Mexico "MIC" Award's "Producer of the Year", began playing piano when she was three. "...my background ranges from classical and gospel to my Nashville years as a country/pop singer, songwriter and recording artist. In 1990 my creative focus turned to music for healing and nurturing the soul, thus my true path began," says Denean.
Denean spent over a decade on the Nashville scene. In 1991 Denean left a recording deal with a country label to join Etherean Music of Colorado where she released "Fire Prayer" (1991), "The Weaving" (1993), and "Thunder" (1994) for which she has received international acclaim. While recording "The Weaving" Denean was also working with Disney's Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz as the voice of Pocahontas in the developmental stages of the animated feature film.
"As you may know from my recent email, my new album WIKU (Sun Child Returning) is here! It all began a few years ago in deep meditation and ceremony. The focus of my intention was purification and a return to the innocence and light-heartedness of a child while at the same time nourishing and respecting the wisdom that life teaches and that has deepened through my journey.
The spirit world gave a symbol and gave it a name. "Wiku" is a Lakota word... it means "Sun Child Returning". In the symbol you see the belly "pregnant with life" and the arm extended back which means "letting go of the past". This total surrendering of past... is how one returns to innocence. It cannot truly be done without letting go of this particular sacrifice...the past...all of it! When this is done, you are then able to be fully present in the now. You are free."