Madonia Trio, Saugatuck Sounds, Two Guys Who Are Singers, The F.B.I., Cornerstone, Alter Ego, Jewel, Encounter, Thanx, Kazoo (All Michigan Bands) (Guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals)
Bands in Florida: Jezabel, Elixir, Public Eye, FX, Second Shift, Conehead Bop, Third Wish, Mad Glass, Wyscan, The Dean Madonia Band.
Bands in Nashville, The Swampdaddy’s, The Dean Madonia Band, Pretty Little Horses.
DEAN MADONIA BIO
Dean is a songwriter, performer, producer and visual artist living in Nashville, TN. Born and raised Kalamazoo Michigan, Dean has been playing piano professionally since age 8 when he began to perform during his musician father’s breaks at the local Ramada Inn piano bar in Kalamazoo. Picking up guitar at age 13, Dean performed his originals in various coffeehouses and bars throughout high-school and while attending Central Michigan University. At Central, Dean starred for two seasons in a local PBS children’s television show Acorns and Oak-trees , where he was required to write and perform a song live each week for an audience consisting mostly of faculty children.
Relocating to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the eighties, Dean performed and recorded with over 40 original and cover bands and has opened for such diverse acts as: New Grass Revival, Steve Vai, Dee Dee Ramone, Company B, Dottie West, The Romantics, and Ygnwie Malmsteen . In the 90’s, Dean’s original band, Third Wish/Wyscan released a three song self- titled EP as Third wish. After a name change they released a full length CD also titled Third Wish which was distributed through jazz/fusion guitarist Bon Lozaga’s label, Lo Lo Records . On completion of that CD, Dean left Wyscan to record and release his first solo CD, Deep Sky which was released in 1998 to excellent reviews. Following the release of “Deep Sky,” Dean spent two years at Jon Secada’s production studio Heaven Studios with ProTools guru and producer Charles Dye and “Dove” award-winning songwriter Tom McWilliams. There he wrote, recorded and produced for different music projects, signing four single song contracts with Emilio Estefan’s company, Foreign Imported Publishing.
In 2002, Dean moved his family to Nashville to concentrate on writing. Dean makes a living performing as a solo act, with his band, and with many Nashville stars including; Skye Moore, Julie Roberts, Gary Allan and Billy Currington. In 2006 Dean released two CDs, “Madness and Desire, One Night In America,” and “The Light of Reason,” and a solo country CD “Country and Midwestern,” in 2009.
The song, “Honor Is Ours,” featuring the “Swampdaddy’s,” co-written with Keith Ridenour and Scott Avery, was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Foodfight!” in 2012.
Dean’s Song, “(I Called Her) Tennessee,” was co-written with CURB recording artist, Tim Dugger peaked at #40 on the Music Row chart during 2012/2013.
Dean is also a member of the band “Pretty Little Horses,” with childhood friend and Luck Of Eden Hall vocalist/guitarist, Greg Curvey. Their Song, “Just Like Love,” was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “The Stream,” in 2013”.
His 29 track concept CD, “Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia’s Frankenstein was released in 2014.
Dean has played with hundreds of musicians over the years, most notably, Jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, Guitarist Val Lupescu, Drummer Vincent Verderame and drummer Noah Hungate.
I have played more clubs than I can remember – notably, the Hard Rock Cafe, Miami FL, Jani Lane’s Sunset Strip Orlando FL, The Bluebird Cafe NashvilleTN, World Famous Pier Daytona Beach FL, The Exit Inn Nashville TN, The Basement Nashville TN, The Station Orlando FL, Stephen Talkhouse Miami Beach FL, The Button South Hallandale Beach, FL
My mother and father both sang. My father cut a 45 record in the 60s and was a guest on “The Green Valley Jamboree” going under the name Tony Grant. My mom and I sang in the car all of the time. I couldn’t always understand the words to the songs so I wrote my own sometimes. Sometimes mine were better.
I was in choir and musical and I performed in a Simon and Garfunkle-type duo with my best friend, Mark Kuiper. We opened for New Grass revival at Timber Ridge.
I took some lessons from a place in Kalamazoo when I was a kid. It was a group lesson. I got in trouble all of the time for making up my own songs. I was bored.
I have played Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Dance, Rap, Progressive Rock
I prefer to play Rock and Progressive Rock
According to “Masterwriter,” I have written about 450 songs. Probably more…
My first 6-song demo was at Sound Machine/Uncle Dirty’s with Bryce Roberson. I have since recorded 10 CDs and hundreds of demos – for myself, others and as a session player. I own my own studio now, but I have recorded at some good places including: with Mad Glass at Studio Center West in North Miami, Demo Criteria Miami, Deep Sky at New River Studios Fort Lauderdale, Deep Sky at Cat House Pompano Beach, Third Wish at Gled Recording Studio Davie Florida, Sessions and producing at Jon Secada’s Heaven Studios in North Miami, The Light Of Reason at Desmond Childs’ Gentleman’s Club Miami beach, Demos at Studio X Nashville, Demos at Ragtop Recording Nashville, Mixing at Purgatory Recording Fort Lauderdale, Mixing Shadow To Shadow at Sweetwater Fort Wayne IN, Shadow To Shadow Mastering at The Rukkus Room Nashville, Pretty Little Horses mastering at Yes Master Nashville.
Dean Madonia/Soft Monkey Music