Born on September 25 in Toronto, Canada, Jazz Fusion Pianist Desarae Dee was encouraged by her parents to explore every musical talent she had and to push to be the best that she could be. Desarae is a powerhouse pianist/keyboardist who made her artist debut in 2014 and has been making major waves in the Toronto music scene ever since. She was dubbed “Toronto’s Fusion Pianist” by BUZZMUSICLA for her remarkable piano technique and repertoire. With a playing style often described as "unconventional and spontaneous," she blends elements of Neo-Soul, Gospel, Jazz and more, allowing the genres to peacefully coexist and blend into something new altogether. The versatility of her music has earned her a reputation as a musician who pushes boundaries and bends genres in a way that has retained her popularity. She has gained a widespread audience on Instagram through her Cover Tuesdays Series (circa 2017) and her various song reharmonizations via Instagram REELS.
She has had the honour of playing for a number of Toronto’s biggest and brightest stars (Shopé, Tafari Anthony, James Baley, Karen Jewels, Fame Holiday, Romeyo Wilson & others) and was the Music Director for Grammy contender and Billboard charting artist Matt B and NAACP & Stellar Award Winning Christian R&B artist Sean C. Johnson on their respective Toronto tours in 2019. Desarae has also been a featured artist for a number of Toronto festivals (Sofar Sounds Toronto, Canadian Music Week, Burdock Piano Fest, Landmark Showcase Festival) and had her first TV Debut on YesTV's "Outside the Box with Sheldon Neil" in 2017.
Because of her unique ability to simultaneously give you everything you need to hear and something you've never heard before, her music has landed on some great Spotify playlists, as well as been played on a number of radio stations internationally (GudTymes Radio LA, Extreme Exposure Radio, Totally Wired Radio, Affinity Extra UK, SoulBeats Netherlands, 88.1 WVPE Radio, Power 106.8 Miami, Excitement Radio, Groove Radio Detroit, Gospel Grind Radio, The Star Radio, Da Blaze 88.7FM) and in Canada (Vancouver Coop Radio, G98.7FM, iLive Radio, Power 102.1 Toronto). Desarae has also been the topic of conversation for music blogs and magazines; having multiple features with Los Angeles blog, BUZZMUSICLA, and recent features in MUSICHYPEBEAST (June 2021), Dreamwood Media (May 2021), Sidedoor Magazine (May 2021), Gritty Vibes Magazine (March 2021) and was named “Artist of the Month” by Shifter Magazine (March 2021).
Having many musical successes and having to endure many obstacles throughout her artist journey, it wasn't until 2020 where Desarae finally had her breakout year, securing her first radio placement with her single, "Refocus" featuring Sean C. Johnson on Toronto's G98.7FM in the Gospel Rotation. She also successfully achieved her first 10,000 streams on her single, "LVLS" on Spotify and ending the year with 20,000+ streams worldwide. Desarae has continued her quest to reaching the world with her music and has taken 2021 by storm, releasing a total of 4 singles since February 2021. Her musical dominance has lead her to reach 50,000+ streams on Spotify worldwide in less than 6 months. Considering the risk she took 7 years ago going in the musical direction she did, this is quite the accomplishment. She has an extensive catalogue, having released 16 singles, 2 EPs and 1 album to date, with more music releases on the horizon and long awaited visuals in the near future. Desarae is always in constant evolution mode: always growing, learning and improving as an artist, musician and producer, and this continues to reign true throughout her musical journey.
As someone who never saw herself represented in the Canadian Music Industry, Desarae took it upon herself to make a name for instrumental music from the perspective of the Black Woman, while continuing to break barriers in the industry and forge a path for current and future Black Women Musicians in Canada.
Desarae Dee has been creating sultry songs with her various REELS and #CoverTuesdays found on her Instagram platform. In the midst of that, she wanted to give more of her gift during these uncertain times.
Her latest track, "Triumph" is an instrumental canvas that maintains the quality production Desarae has consistently shown on every aspect of her music and reveals a part of her artistic process, different from her current releases. It is heavily influenced by bass and combines hip hop percussive beats with powerful piano and synth melodies. "Triumph" encourages listeners to reflect on all the victories they have won over the obstacles and struggles in their lives. A win of any size, especially one that is small, is worthy of celebration.