A Few Words From

DEENA KAMM

Hello, I'm Deena Kamm. I've been a professional singer and performer for my entire adult life. I grew up in Southern California and started singing right when I graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where I was a dance major. I was fortunate to start working as a singer very soon after that. Throughout my career I've had amazing opportunities - like performing on huge stages in front of thousands of people. But I've also had bizarre jobs - like being a bunch of purple "Grapes" in the Salad Bar Delight live action musical at the LA County Fair. (It's true and ridiculous.) I've been hired to sing for NBC, CBS, MTV, FOX, Clear Channel, Premier Radio Networks, The Howard Stern Show, countless radio stations across the States, Film Soundtracks, TV theme songs, and as a recording studio vocalist.

I spent the first half of my music career in my hometown, Los Angeles, CA, working with musicians, bands, and producers. In the 90's I toured around the country as the lead singer/songwriter with my own band, Unruly Helga. I've performed in just about every kind of live situation and establishment possible and worked with industry folks from all over the world.  From those experiences I gained immense knowledge about effective singing, powerful songwriting, engaging performances, and artistry that is continually tested in each new situation.
In 2010 I left L.A. and moved to Bend, OR, with my husband and son. We were looking for a simpler life away from the rat race and daily grind of a big city. After I moved to Bend I joined a few Central Oregon bands, started a Pop-Jazz ensemble called LARK, and dabbled in the musical theater and stage community. In Bend I have had the privilege of working with many talented and wonderful musicians and performers that live here. In 2020 I finished writing a main stage musical, in collaboration with the hilarious Canadian award-winning writer, story editor, former TV development executive, and fellow teacher, Anne Fenn. We are currently in the process of getting to the stage.

BUT ABOUT THE TEACHING...

I started teaching voice in 2014 as a response to several friends who were seeking vocal lessons and confidence-building techniques for either themselves or their kids. Turns out I LOVE teaching and helping others find the power in their voice. I quickly realized there was nowhere for my students to practice and get real experience singing, so I eventually started my own Public (ROCK) Choir, and soon after the Kids ROCK(!) Choir. This provided a place for anyone in Central Oregon an outlet to sing LOUD every week. To my constant amazement, almost everyone who has joined us at P(R)C has started out saying "I can't sing at all" or "I have a terrible voice - but I love to sing." These reoccurring messages I get from so many different types of people have slowly expanded my passion for teaching, leading, and wanting to provide a place for "non-singers" to blast it out no

matter what they sound like. (They don't call me Unruly for nothing). Now helping people find their unique voice is as fulfilling to me as my own individual singing, songwriting, and performance career. I believe everyone has the need and the right to sing. Almost everyone is born with perfect vocal tools - we just have to learn what they are, how they work, and find the confidence needed to unleash them. Even if you aren't "good," you should be able to experience the sound of your own voice at the top of your lungs! There is no license that you have to be granted or approval of some higher musical power to let your voice be heard exactly as it is. Anyone, at any level, can try, learn, and excel at using their own voice. Nothing makes me more proud than when the shyest, most unlikely person suddenly feels comfortable enough to belt out a song in front of anyone and everyone. To me, it is arguably the most beautiful sound there is regardless of what it sounds like!

I want to offer everyone a path to finding their voice and offering them a safe place to express themselves. Singing is something EVERYONE can do! If you can talk - you can sing. It feels great and it's therapeutically fun at any level. I strongly encourage you to SING YOUR FACE OFF!  You're not alone in wanting or needing to. Come on - let's sing!

~Deena

You can hear Deena singing every Monday night at Public (ROCK) Choir or live around Central, OR in musicals and occasional band projects. Like our Sing Bend Facebook page for info on those events and more.

You can listen to Deena's 90's Alt-Rock band, Unruly Helga, at

www.UnrulyHelga.com

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