With velvet vocals, emotive lyrics and organic melodies, singer/songwriter
Derryale Barnes creates a soulful collage. Picture a
lush landscape where retro rhythm and blue skies meet rolling
contemporary jazz hills, sparsely dotted with gospel-like weeping
willows. Gentle winds come through bringing alternating hints
of Des'ree and Amel Larrieux. In the distance,
you may even hear the essence of rare songbirds Anita Baker
and Sade. This is the backdrop for the narratives of
love, self-discovery and personal growth on Derryale's forthcoming
debut release, Where Do You Wanna Go?, on the www.ASHArecords.com
The album features all original compositions crafted by this
insightful songwriter. The inspirational title track, which
sizzles with classic R&B flavor, urges "Now's always
a good time to be what you would've been." Throughout
the album, Derryale conveys a sense of hope, faith and optimism.
"I try to write songs that will help people move forward,"
she says. The first single"Makes Me Wonder" is an
edgy track with strong statements about the turbulent time we're
Raised in East Harlem. Grew up singing in the church choir. Been
writing songs since high school. Musical influences include Stevie
Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, and Teena Marie.