Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is a Christian Singer/Songwriter from Philadelphia who sings with conviction and power. Her songs speak to the journey of a woman after God’s own heart. Each song is deeply rooted in a personal, yet extremely vulnerable relationship with God. It’s the beauty and emotion in her voice and the candor in her lyrics that help inspire others to go all the way, every day, with God.
Dedicating herself to music as a child, she won first place in the Young Artist Competition for the city of Allentown, PA. A gifted writer, Christa Deana performed her first original song at 11 and went on to write over 50 more. Her vocal ability also developed young, securing her lead oratorios from classics such as Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and lead songs in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to writing and singing, she has toured with several choirs that took her to Romania, Turkey, France, Spain, England, and all over the US. During this journey she found a love for conducting and excelled as a choir director for several choirs. She has worked with The Lesser Light Collective as a soloist, writer, and conductor, directing the choir for their performance at Washington Adventist University.
Christa Deánā inherited perfect pitch, excellent natural timing, a powerful vocal instrument and a creative soul. But she’s been diligent to cultivate her gifts, obtaining her music education degree from the University of Valley Forge. Not content to simply make her own music, she pulls beautiful music out of her students and collaborators. She is currently a music educator and worship leader at various facilities and churches. She is also the co-owner for ChristaCourt Productions.
Currently she is focusing on releasing a new single in February 2018 called “If God Doesn’t Want It” and a self entitled album with all new original music Fall 2018. As she continues to tour and spread the message of the power of God, she’s ecstatic of what’s ahead. Join the mailing list and follow her on social media to stay up to date on what’s to come!
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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I moved around various areas, all near Philadelphia, PA. At age 9 we moved to Northern Virginia and that's when I was exposed to many different types of Christian music. I also had a really cool piano teacher who helped me branch off from the typical classical music I've worked on to popular songs that I've heard before. She loved my passion and made sure I accepted it as a gift. I was extremely inspired and starting writing song after song. When I turned 13 we moved back to PA to be close to family. Most of my family, on both sides, live in Philadelphia, so that was and always will be home. In high school I experienced bullying and writing was what got me through. In college I started performing my original songs and since then God has continued to open up various opportunities for me to finally accept that I have to be an artist. I was born to do it and nothing brings me more fulfillment than ministering to others through song.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Definitely! Learn from my mistake. At first I went into my music career focusing on "airplay" and trying to create and be something that people will like. The moment I accepted that was out of my control, I was able to reinvent myself and create solely for the integrity of the art. My music career really turned around once I made that decision. Be confident and passionate about what you do. Someone out there will appreciate your art.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Of course! Who doesn't? I've been singing in the church and performing on stage since I was 6. Between choir solos, mother/daughter duets, and dance recitals, I obliterated stage fright and learned the art of faking it 'till you make it. AND I made a mistake while playing and singing an original song at church when I was in high school and actually said "Oh poop" into the microphone. That moment also taught me a lot. I now know how to handle it because I learned the hard way how to NOT handle it. lol.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Unfortunately, I'm not touring right now, but trust, when I am, you will know because I'll be hype!
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Eventually, we'd like to invest in a new mic, sound cancellers/panels, a couple plug ins, and a classic rhodes to give me that ultimate soulful vibe! Right now, I have an Oxygen49 keyboard that does the job, a SE2200 A mic, M-Audio BX5a monitor speakers, audio technica M30X monitor headphones, and I work with Logic Pro X.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I promote my music anyway I can. Obviously social media is huge, but I also try to spark conversations wherever I go and give them my card to look me up. What I've found to be most successful, though, is putting my music up everywhere I possible can. Any internet radio station or music streaming platforms, put your music on there! You'd be surprised to see how many fans you have and where in the world they're from!
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I like this question...Celine Dion. She would bring out the best and me and our vibes together would be insane. I know this because I do duets with her all the time...in my car...by myself...does that count?
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
You bet! My new single "If God Doesn't Want It" drops February 26, 2018! I'll also be releasing my self produced album Summer 2018. I'm getting excited just thinking about you hearing it!
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Teaching. I teach now and I absolutely love it! I'm a mentor at heart. That's what drives me to do music anyway; to mentor to a larger audience.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Getting to know me and my sound. The album coming out is raw. You will hear me scream and you will hear me cry. You will also hear me claim victories and pray through song. I want fans to stay connected with me so we can go through life together. I've been through a lot, learned a lot, and I just want to pass it on.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
If you were ever my students EVER, you know who you are! (I don't want to put the schools on blast) I feel your love and I love you, too! Never dim your light. Let it shine!