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Fort Wayne native Tasha DeNae returns for concert Sunday

August 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 29--Tasha DeNae promises she's going to make people dance at her concert at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at The Philmore on Broadway.

The show will be a homecoming for DeNae, a Fort Wayne native who moved to Atlanta more than three years ago to pursue a career as a rhythm-and-blues singer. This will be only her third trip back to Fort Wayne since she left, she said during a telephone interview.

"It will be good to be home and see family and friends," she said.

At The Philmore, she'll perform some of her original songs and covers of songs by other artists. She describes the show as "definitely fun, unexpected, good soul and funky."

She'll be backed by her band, the Jimi DaNae Band. The band's name came about because she had been playing a lot of Jimi Hendrix music at the time they named it, she said.

She and the band recently just finished filming a video to go with their new song, "Statue." Both will be released in September, and she'll perform the song during Sunday's show.

She describes "Statue" as acoustic-driven and more of a pop-soul style than her previous music.

"It's a feel-good song," she added.

DeNae said she started singing in her church here at age 5, and just kept pursuing it.

"It wasn't an interest that came," she said. "It was always in me."

She has been singing professionally for six or seven years, she said, and now works at it full time. She has traveled the world to perform on cruise ships and at hotels and other venues.

In Atlanta, she performs as one of three background vocalists for plays actor-director Tyler Perry releases on DVD, she said.

Her band also performs around the city, and she also sings with the all-woman pop-hip hop group Jessie's Girls, which performs at corporate and other events around Atlanta.

She still hopes to become one of the top female vocalists in music.

If a record label wants to sign her and the band, that would be great. But they're also trying to make it on their own.

"We're going to keep hitting people with music and videos," she said.

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