Love you London - So proud to be one of you !
So very sorry for your tragic loss Manchester
Hey friends, it's been too long again!
I want to start by thanking all of you that sent messages after the sad news about George. Although we hadn't been in touch for a while, his death touched me deeply and made me think of how young and innocent we all were when we were doing PA's around the country in a crappy old van. Sheer talent and hard work got George to the top, where he'll stay (For those that question why I didn't do any interviews - I refused).
I've just came back from another great writing session with Arden Hart and I'm really pleased with three new tunes, one a big slow ballad. If any of you were at any of my last gigs, you might remember "Mountains," another slow one, but much more sultry and sexy! I'm so excited and can't wait to start recording again.
And gigs? I want to!
The closer I get to having a new album, the more "interesting" the news I'll have to post. Until then, sending out love, peace health and happiness vibes..................xxxxx
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HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS !!!
What a year it's been. It's quite hard to look back and think of any good news for the world and I'm sure it hurts your heart as much as it does mine.
Happier things - I'm slowing right down now, done all the shopping, delivered the presents, and had my annual Christmas party, which I'm only just recovering from (pictures will be posted later). As my boy is in LA it's going to be a quiet day, just my Mum and Leah and her man and lunch at my local.........yay no cooking
I've told you that I'm hoping to have new material for the end of next year. I've been co-writing with Arden in the past month and we have some great tunes which I'm working on lyrics for when I can get some peace. It's been a long time since I worked with Arden, and it's so fantastic to find that we've slipped back into the vibe so easily. I'm so excited to be back in that partnership and I can't wait to start recording. Better get on with those lyrics.....
I so hope you have a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Here's to a kinder 2017.
Peace love and happiness to you and yours.
Was an album I released in Japan on Pony Canyon.
1. I Will Wait
2. I Won't Break Your Heart
3. In This Life
4. Don't You
5. To Have & To Hold
6. I Love You
7. No-One Needs to Know
8. When You Were Mine
9. You Were the One
10. Cajun Moon
11. How Far (Martin Luther King Speech Version)
October 2016 - Los Angeles
I'm just back from a trip to LA to see my gorgeous son and do a bit of work. I keep being told off by management for not sending photos, but I don't really do the selfie thing very often.
Anyway, this is a photo Leah sneaked and sent with my phone...I know, it could be anywhere!
Sending love xxx
I attended The Family Silver gig at Under The Bridge on 9th Sept and it was lovely to surprise Steve White after quite a few years. We are pictured here signing "Mr Cool's Dream" with Sally looking on.
Photograph: Mario Pietrangeli
September 8th 2016
Hey, it's me! Okay, so I've taken ages to get my s..t together and not just to be mum. My gorgeous kids are making their way in the world and doing great, so I'm gearing up mentally (and going to the gym) to start putting the final bits in place for my new project which I expect to launch at the end of next year (fingers crossed). The album will have some re-recorded or re-vamped old tunes (let me know of any you think would be good as I'm going through them all now) and lots of new tunes including co-writes with Arden Hart - who co-wrote a lot of "Smiles" and Adamski - who I wrote with ages ago in NY.
I know you'll ask if I plan to gig and the truth is it's so expensive when you want a band of great musicians (bless you for the offers), but I may do some semi acoustic type gigs of some sort, but haven't got as far as thinking how or what the line up would be - other than bv's. I guess it will also depend on what ends up being on the album as well.
I'm so excited about the next year or so and it's just so good to know that I have such support and loyalty from my little team that consists of me, Jill, Bernie and now Iain, and you my friends.
So now I can keep in touch either through this page or the Dee C Lee Facebook page on a regular basis at last.
Sending peace love and happiness, always.
25 October 2013
Having enjoyed a prolific career with many and varied collaborators and guises, the music of the singer born Diane Catherine Sealy will mean different things to different people. That is to say, hip-hop fans may link her with Gang Starr's Guru. George Michael devotees may remember her most fondly for her time as backing vocalist with Wham! Admirers of Paul Weller will forever associate her with The Style Council, both for her role as a vocalist and for her marriage to Paul in 1986. For many people, however, Dee is most famous for her timeless hit ballad, 'See The Day', which rocketed her to stardom.
In fact, Dee had been recording intermittently as a solo artist for two years prior to her breakthrough. Differences of opinion between artist and label had delayed her progress but eventually the artists got her way and her self-belief was vindicated when her song peaked at No. 3 on the UK singles chart in November 1985. Although her follow-up, 'Come Hell Or Waters High', flirted with the Top 50, CBS struggled to capitalise on this success and Dee's eventual debut album Shrine didn't enjoy the exposure it fully deserved. Later singles 'Hey What'd Ya Say' and 'Hold On' (co-written by Junior Giscombe) failed to chart.
Long unavailable on CD, Shrine has now been expanded into a 2-CD edition to encapsulate pretty much every recording the singer made for CBS between 1983 and 1986. From her early forays into pop/dance through to more mature performances on the back of Shrine, Dee was able somehow to balance her commitments with The Style Council at that time one of the biggest acts in Britain with pursuing a solo career.
By 1987, however, artist and record label had grown apart and Dee left CBS for pastures new and the added commitments of starting a family. After The Style Council dissolved around 1989, Dee fronted a new project more firmly rooted in dance music and R&B, Slam Slam, with help from both Paul and The Blow Monkeys' Dr. Robert. In 1993, she guested on Guru's Jazzmatazz project, singing on the Top 30 hit 'No Time To Play' alongside fellow guest Ronny Jordan. In due course, Dee made time for two further solo albums Things Will Be Sweeter (1994) and Smiles (1998) and a single for acclaimed label Mo Wax, 'New Reality Vibe' (1994).
Come the new millennium, Dee's career diversified. While 'See The Day' was a Top hit for Girls Aloud, Dee played cameo roles in the films Rabbit Fever (2006) and The Town that Boars Me (in 2008, alongside her son Natt), performed 'See The Day' on the TV show Loose Women show. She has also returned to the stage on occasion, both as a solo performer and also, in 2009, with a collective called Favoured Nations.
FULL TRACK LISTING:
Disc 1: SHRINE
12. THE PARIS MATCH
13. LUCK (Live Version)
Disc 2: BONUS TRACKS
1st July 2011
It's so exciting to think that I can communicate with you through this, my lovely new Website. I hope you will be an active part of it.
Many years have passed since I last release a record and I have kept myself out of the limelight to raise my two gorgeous kids. Now they have left home and are doing their own thing, it's time for me to get back to my second love, music.
You can read my latest biography to find out what's been going on since I release my Things Will Be Sweeter album, but needless to say, Girls Aloud doing a cover of See The Day in 2005 was pretty cool !
I've hardly ever stopped writing songs and have some pretty good tunes written with Adamski, Tic Tak and Syze & Richard Robson, they had their first airing when I started working with my band new band. It took months of auditioning to find the right musicians, but having a band and gigging again is so fantastic, the last major gigs I did was The Jazz Cafe and Phoenix Festival in 1996 !
Peace and Love