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Deep Sky

by Dean Madonia

Well-crafted, heartfelt, melodic, acoustic-based, progressive pop/rock with thoughtful lyrics, great harmonies and timeless, classic, clean production. Big 70's meets nineties alt...
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 1 The War Came Home To Me
5:27 $0.99
2. On the Way Home
4:58 $0.99
3. The Falling Of Our Love
5:07 $0.99
4. Without a Net
4:14 $0.99
5. Wishbone
3:45 $0.99
6. The Way I Do
4:42 $0.99
7. Walking the Solitude
4:41 $0.99
8. I'll Fall In Love Again
5:15 $0.99
9. Deep Sky
5:42 $0.99
10. The Strength To Leave
3:27 $0.99
11. The Big Crunch (Stephen Says)
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Deep Sky" (©1998)
Produced by Dean Madonia and Mark Loren
Mixed by Mark Loren
Mastered at Heavy Air Studios by Javier Carrion

After leaving the band "Wyscan / Third Wish" (featuring guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg),in 1995 Dean began recording his debut solo CD, "Deep Sky." The players include former band-mates from Wyscan, members of the Dean Madonia Band (Florida)and top Miami-area session players. Here is what the critics are saying about it:

"Dean Madonia have done this years so far best indy release...gets me to think of guys like Kevin Gilbert, David Sylvian and Bryan Ferry. Bloody good album". - Par Winberg - Midwestern Skies (Swedish e-zine at

"Deep Sky is well worth keeping in your CD library to listen to over and over again." - Deborah Toby Jam Magazine, Issue # 251, June 19 - July 2 1998

"His voice is a cross between the late SHANNON HOON of BLIND MELON and PEARL JAM'S EDDIE VEDDER" - Maxine Hinds MTV College Stringer (June 9, 1998)

"Dean Madonia is following his own muse rather than chasing trends." - Bob Pomeroy FOCUS 17

" excellent collection of lyrics and music..." - Kurt Channing - Ink 19

Dean Madonia - Bio

Born and raised Kalamazoo Michigan, Dean is both a musician, and a visual artist. He has been playing piano professionally since age 8 when he performed during his musician father's breaks at the local Ramada Inn piano bar. Picking up the guitar at age 13, Dean performed his originals in various coffeehouses throughout high-school and while attending Central Michigan University. At Central, he 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 faculty children. Moving to South Florida in the eighties, Dean performed and recorded with over 40 original and cover bands and opened for such diverse acts as: New Grass Revival, Steve Vai, Dee Dee Ramone, Company B, Dottie West, and Ygnwie Malmsteen .

In the 90's, Dean's original band Third Wish/Wyscan (featuring Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar), released a three song self- titled EP as Third wish and a full length CD also titled Third Wish as Wyscan which was distributed mostly in Japan through jazz/fusion guitarist Bon Lozago'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.

Dean began to concentrate more on writing while working in Jon Secada's production studio Heaven Studios with Charles Dye and has four songs under single song contract with Emilio Estefan's company, Foreign Imported Publishing . Dean has been making trips to Nashville to write and perform since 1999, and finally settled here in 2002 where he has made a living playing
music, performing as a solo act, with his band, and with many Nashville stars including Julie Roberts, Gary Allan and Billy Currington. Dean's two newest solo CDs, The Light Of Reason and Madness And Desire: One Night In America (Dean Madonia sings Scott Avery) are now available for sale at CD Baby, Tower Records, and downloadable from iTunes, and many other digital sources.

Dean wrote a song called "Honor Is Ours," with friends Scott Avery and Keith Ridenour that will be on the soundtrack of the movie, "Foodfight!" Foodfight is an animated film by Threshold Entertainment and Lion's Gate Films directed by Lawrence Kasanoff and starring the voices of: Charlie Sheen, Hilary Duff, Greg Ellis, Haylie Duff, Eva Longoria, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Kattan, and Wayne Brady to mention a few. The songwriters will be billed as a band called "The Swamp-daddies"

Reviewers on have compared Dean to: Better Than Ezra, Spacehog, Robbie Williams, pearl Jam, Incubus, Paul Rogers and Fleetwood Mac.



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Trina Chavez

great songs, great voice, great production
This Cd is a good friend on a rainy, lonely, Sunday afternoon, or on a drive through the woods....

Trina Chavez

great songs, great voice, great production
This Cd is a good friend on a rainy, lonely, Sunday afternoon, or on a drive through the woods....


Jam Magazine, South Florida Edition Musician Directory Issue # 251, June 19 - July 2 1998 Review of Deep Sky Florida Independent Reviews Dean Madonia Deep Sky Soft Monkey Music, Inc. **** (four stars) Dean Madonia takes us on an emotional journey with Deep Sky. As composer, arranger, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboard- ist, Madonia is one very talented fellow! The opening tune, "The War Came Home To Me," is a good overall mix of what is to come on the following tracks that range from rocking rhythyms to easy listening ballads. If a hit is a good song that stirs your emo- tions, Madonia has some sure- fire, heartfelt, winners on his hands! "Without A Net' and "Ill Fall in Love Again" are two examples of Madonia's passion. These are truly beautiful ballads that take us on an emotional journey without being "sappy." That's partly due to the order of the tracks. Rocking tunes like "The Falling Of Our Love," "Walking the Solitude," and "Wishbone" fall strategically between the easy listening tunes and ballads. Deep Sky, produced by Madonia and Mark Loren, car- ries your interest the whole way through and is definately a great musical work, with good hooks, instrumentation, vocal displays, and messages. Deep Sky is well worth keeping in your CD library to listen to over and over again. -Deborah Toby


MTV local, June 9, 1998 Review of Deep Sky A Star For Our Generation Singer/songwriter DEAN MADONIA performed sans band on a recent Saturday at Tuna's, a waterfront bar and grill in North Miami Beach. Despite a rocky start, his solo performance went on without a hitch. His voice is a cross between the late SHANNON HOON of BLIND MELON and PEARL JAM'S EDDIE VEDDER. He performed "I'll Fall In Love Again" and "On The Way Home" from his CD Deep Sky on his own label, Soft Monkey Music Inc. At one point he actually left the stage to personally sing "Happy Birthday" to one lucky lady in the audience! Madonia also performed various cover tunes at the request of the audience. But don't call him Dean when he's performing someone else's material. His moniker is "Underdog" to his loyal fans and friends when he's covering other artists. He plays everything from HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH, WALLFLOWERS, TOAD THE WET SPROCKET and NIRVANA to INXS and THE CARS. Dean is very comfortable on stage; this is mostly due to his early beginnings in music. Both he and his father began to take piano lessons when Dean was only eight years old. Once his father worked regular gigs, he'd play during his dad's breaks. His musical repertoire also includes keyboards and guitar. As the writer of his own music and lyrics, Madonia's sound is directly related to his musical influences and personal taste. He says his lyrical influences were artists such as PAUL SIMON, BILLY JOEL, JONI MITCHELL and TORI AMOS. In his music, though, you can really hear undertones of JAMES TAYLOR, TONIC, and COLLECTIVE SOUL. His live performances are great and his album is even better, but if you can't catch him at one of his shows, you can hear him on Sundays during 94.9's "Zeta Goes Local" show, college radio station WVUM, "The Beast and Baker Show" on 790 AM as well as a few underground stations who shall remain nameless. The hardest working guy in the local scene, Dean plays several gigs weekly, performs with his band at local clubs, and recently competed in the "Baywatch Official Battle Of The Bands" as well as touring all over Florida in support of the new album. This talented guy won't be gigging for long. "I would like to get out of the bar business and get into the music business," he told me during one of his breaks. To find out more about DEAN MADONIA and his band, where they'll be performing and where to get the Deep Sky album, visit his website at -- Maxine Hinds MTV College Stringer (June 9, 1998)


Midwestern Skies (Swedish e-zine at, Review of Deep Sky DEAN MADONIA - "Deep Sky" (Soft Monkey Music, 1998) Well guys it's time to listen up again. Dean Madonia have done this years so far best indiependent release. This little pearl of plastic is filled with great modern singer songwriter material all produced in a great way! First out for example is the bloody great "The War Came Home To Me" and the piano and viola - based "Without A Net" contains some great lyrics and gets me to think of guys like Kevin Gilbert, david Sylvian and Bryan Ferry. Bloody good album and I just can recommend you all to take a closer look at this hidden treasure at Do yourself a favor and surf to his place and buy a CD. PSr Winberg


Dean Madonia Deep Sky Soft Monkey 1007 SW 18th St Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 There are always going to be people who find themselves at odds with thier times. Dean Madonia is a singer/songwriter who may have prospered alongside James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and pre-Glam Elton John. Madonia's songs are personal, heartfelt confessions wrapped in lush melodies and understated arrangements. Don't let me give you the impression that Deep Sky is a retro 70's disc. The production and arrangements show the influence of contemporary singers like Tori Amow, who work in similar emotional territory. I can safely say that Dean Madonia is following his own muse rather than chasing trends. I hope he finds his audience - Bob Pomeroy FOCUS 17


Ink 19 Review of Deep Sky The post-it on this says "Toad the Wet Sprocket meets Elton John meets Tonic meets Sting," and I've had to say it's pretty accurate, in a happy way. Those whose hides were riled by thosee references should steer WAY CLEAR of this, but it's otherwise an excellent collection of lyrics and music that will appeal to fans know. Madonia has a powerful voice that seems somewhat out of place with the thoughtful and well-orchestrated backrounds ...Something to watch... - Kurt Channing


If you're looking for an album that incorporates amazing vocal ability, catchy lyrics and emotional instrumentation, look no further than Madonia's "Deep Sky". Listeners will easily identify with and respond to the folk-meets-rock feel of this album. And look out for his foot-tapping interpretation of the views of Stephen Hawking in Madonia's song "The Big Crunch (Stephen Says)". This is definitely an album to add to your regular play-list.


It's a rarity in these days of formulaic, cookie-cutter bands to hear an album that makes a statement, and actually does it with musicianship. Deep Sky by Dean Madonia is an eclectic collection of songs, wherein each one tells you a different story. Madonia has a gift that is somewhat elusive in his genre: He knows melody. Songs like "The War Came Home to me" and "I'll Fall in Love again" are finely crafted hook-oriented pieces, while "Wishbone" rocks hard with a fusionesque chordal structure. There's something for everyone on this CD, and I highly recommend it.

fran snyder

It's very frustrating to know someone like Dean Madonia. Truly an "artist's artist", Madonia has amazing conceptual skills behind a variety of devices. Dean is equally at home behind guitars, microphones, keyboards, and even computers. This endless array of jobs usually confounds the rest of us independent artists. Oh, and the bastard paints, too. On Deep Sky, Madonia pulls it all together with spirit and imagination. It is rare to find someone so meticulous and yet so soulful. The album is reminescent of Todd Rundgren's best solo work - complex, lush, and heartfelt. Stand out tracks like "The Falling of Our Love" and "Deep Sky" are both memorable and meaningful. The closer, "The Big Crunch" is a twisted, and funny exercise in songwriting genius. P.S. do not miss the hidden track, it's BEFORE track one. Brilliant. -- Fran Snyder