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Songs From the Heart Part I

by Denarris

A little jazz, R&B, Soft-Pop, Dance and Easy Listening. Some songs are instrumental with a mix of styles. "It's different, but I think you'll like it". To me it's an adventure. Songs from the Heart - Part I.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walker
4:25 album only
2. I Think I'm Falling in Love
5:16 album only
3. Midnight Kiss
4:09 album only
4. For All Times
5:16 album only
5. Hit Session
4:56 album only
6. Mallissa
5:13 album only
7. I Need Your Love
4:17 album only
8. Mixed Bag
4:59 album only


Album Notes
Multi-faceted singer-songwriter Denarris has opened a soulful channel with his beautiful melodies and intimate, heartfelt lyrics.

Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, 40 miles south of Chicago, Denarris grew up at the crossroads of East and West Coast sensibilities and was exposed to many different styles of music. He credits giants such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder with shaping his eclectic style. Influences from masters across the musical spectrum, from Henry Mancini to Spyro Gyra, from Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power to Chicago and The Who can be heard in his writing to this day.

Denarris’ parents, Hezikiah Jr. and Bobbie Crudup, grounded him spiritually and supported him musically from his early Laraway Elementary School band years through his "hard-rock-disturbing-the-peace" phase. In school, Denarris played the alto, tenor and baritone saxes. He branched out into the woodwinds and percussion, gradually becoming an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Throughout his high school years, he dedicated himself to concert, marching and solo instrument competitions.

A major turning point came late in high school: Denarris received his first piano as a gift from his late, much-loved aunt, Gloria Hicks. The piano became his muse, beckoning him to bring to life all the melodies that constantly bombarded this young musician’s mind.

That piano was also the start of his writing and is the basis for his music today, despite a few detours into R&B, funk and hard rock (he worked with a young Douglas Pinnick, now lead vocalist and bass player for "Kings III" on Atlantic Records).

It was Denarris’ original music that caught the ear of Natalie Cole, and shortly after his first interview as a staff writer, Denarris moved to LA. Once in the Southland, Denarris collaborated with The Gap Band and worked with Al McKay of Earth, Wind and Fire. Their single "Wet Jam," penned and arranged by Denarris, was released throughout Europe. He also worked with Hazel Paine of the group "A Taste of Honey" on Capital Records.

Denarris’ first solo CD, "Songs of the Heart - Part I, is a smooth, rhythmic romp through the winding ways of the heart. Spirited and true, "Songs of the Heart" lays down an easy groove that combines several styles into one beguiling whole.

"Songs of the Heart - Part I" is a fully-realized musical adventure--- a profound invitation to take a chance and trust in the knowledge that Love is the ultimate purpose. Two selections from this enchanting CD, "Malissa" and "Mixed Bag," are featured in the independent film, "Art," written and directed by David Rosenhaus and produced by Florence Regina.

Denarris continues to record his intense and constantly evolving rhythmic and melodic explorations in his own Pro-Tools studio. Throughout it all, Denarris retains his deeply spiritual core, giving all praise to Christ for the gift and opportunity of this musical life.



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Kenny White

Wow what a great first CD I can't put it down & I am telling all of my friends t
Denarris I can't wait for part 2. Songs from the heart is pure joy, head boppin toe tapping music that you can feel with smooth soulful vocals. There is a station in Chicago, Ill. called WNUA 95.5 FM and this CD should be in there top Rotation it is that good. Cream always rises to the top keep pouring it on.... Kenny White

Diane Clancey

Excellent !!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed listening to your CD...I think you're
very talented and I've purchased a copy....

A new fan!!! (smile)
Diane Clancey

Marsha Foster

Mixed Bag says is all.
Very original, soothing and relaxing.

Bryan Tilford

Very Soulful, great grooves.
Great grooves and arrangements. The vocal delivery is right on the money. I'm looking forward for the next release.

Cathy Kaye

Instrumentals were heartfelt, lyrics and vocals were even more powerful!
The instrumental songs were beautiful. You can tell they were written and played with all his heart and energy. The music was beautiful and powerful. Personally, I buy CD's for the songs with lyrics. Music is my life! His voice and love songs were just breath taking. I am definitely a new fan and will buy all of his CD's. I hope he makes a lot of music with his beautiful voice and lyrics. Good luck, I know you are going far! Can't wait for Songs From the Heart, Part 2.
Your new fan,

Florence Regina

Happiness and Love
No wonder this is called Songs From The Heart. It has so much heart in it. It just made me feel good listening to it, and isn't that what music is supposed to be?

Thank you Denarris!

Diane Fossett

What a priviledge
What a priviledge!


The CD is great. The songs have a lot of heart and soul and it'll make you want to groove.

DJ Come of Age

Impressed and lovin' it!
Denarris took me back to the beginning of my jazz roots. "Songs From the Heart" will leave an impression on anyone. It is a gem, reminiscent of greats contemporary and classic. I'm reminded of those pioneers like John Klemmer, Matsui, Bob James and others responsible for timeless melody. I applaud this music and share in spreading the word. Sample the tracks for yourself and listen to sounds as serene as they are melodic.
DJ Come of Age