Celebrated Australian-singer Deni Hines, first discovered while singing to the radio in a friend’s kitchen, releases a motion-picture like music video for ‘What About Love’, the lead single off her new album, ‘The Soul Sessions’, which captures a glimpse into some of the artists who have influenced and shaped Hines’ musical pallet. The album features her interpretations of songs from King Curtis, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston among others.
“Deni is without doubt considered one of Australia’s foremost entertainers. From hit-singles and albums, to lead roles in musicals and television, Deni has grown up in front of audiences from an enthusiastic young performer to a mature, sophisticated all round entertainer.”
‘What About Love’ is a modern Motown homage written by Hines and Sydney-based producer/writer Eddie Said of Kings X Music, and the video was directed by award-winning filmmaker Dean Francis, whose recent film ‘Drown’ has been a huge festival success worldwide.
- In 1994, Hines appeared as Mary Magdalene in the hit-musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’,” making her the second only black woman in history to perform the role.
- In 1996, Hines releases her debut album ‘Imagination’ via Mushroom Records. The first single ‘It’s Alright’ entered the charts at #4, ensuring Hines’ with a platinum award, and an Australian Recording Industry Association Award for ‘Best Australian Debut Performance’. ‘Imagination’ sold over 300,000 copies in Japan alone, and sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide.
- Following her success in France, Hines recorded 2 songs for director Luc Beeson’s film ‘Taxi’, which achieved gold status. Her music also appeared in other films including David Bowie’s film ‘Everyone Loves Sunshine’, and Australia’s ‘The Wog Boy’.
- In 2001, Hines released her ‘Delicious Collection’ album, which served as a showcase from Hines’ early Rockmelons and debut solo years, ending with hints of her new direction.
- In 2004, Hines received a call from French artist I:AM with the request to fly to Marseille to write a song for Beyoncé. In 48-hours the song ‘Welcome’ was written and recorded.
“Beyoncé is one of the biggest female R&B/Pop artists in the world, and I get called up to write a song for her, which is always an honor for any artist.”
- In 2005, Hines accepted the lead role of Reno in the new musical extravaganza on Dusty Springfield’s ‘Dusty the Original Pop Diva’. Hines performed to over 400,000 people in 253 shows, which grossed over $20M. Hines was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.
“I was thrilled to be able to do another musical, it’s got to be close on 8 years since I had done one and whilst its really challenging, it’s a great endurance test, in addition to the brilliance of Dusty Springfield.”
- In 2006, Hines released her ‘Water For Chocolate’ album.
“There’s nothing better than performing to an audience who are interested in you and your music. I find myself wanting to know about them as much as they want to know about me. The places, the people, the experiences are unforgettable. It’s a big world out there, and who said touring was a task master? I love it.”
- In 2007, Hines & James Morrison released ‘The Other Woman’, a Jazz album that hit the top of the Jazz charts in Australia and Top 30 on the digital charts.
“James said, “To sing Jazz you have to had experience life’s pains,” and my response was, “Well, I’ve been married twice, engaged a few times, I think I’ve had my fair share.”
- In 2008, Hines and Christine Anu undertook a successful East Coast tour. As part of the tour, Hines and Christine released a version of The Doobie Bros’ hit ‘Takin It to the Streets’ with 50% of net profits going to the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network to assist in fundraising and awareness for the 100,000 Australia’s that sleep on the streets every night.
- In 2009, Hines scored a role in renown director Bruce Beresford’s film ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’. Later that year, she became the ambassador for the humanitarian charity Oasis Africa Australia, where she visited the village and school in Kibera, Kenya.
- In 2010, Hines reunited with Tamsin Carroll from the hit-musical ‘Dusty: The Original Pop Diva’, and they performed over 20 hits and 16 shows in front of thousands of people across Australia.
- In 2011, Hines appeared in the inaugural season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, alongside other like-minded celebrities, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for Oasis Africa Australia to build schools and infrastructure in Africa.
- In 2012, Hines appeared as Nerine Rogers in the ABC drama series ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’. As a jazz singer in a 1920s Melbourne nightclub, the role provided Hines with the opportunity to show of her wares as both an accomplished singer and actor to Australian and overseas audiences.
FUN FACT: ‘The Soul Sessions’ features cover art from celebrated artist Gabrielle Pool, who created the painting, which was sold at the Oasis Africa Australia’s charity auction night to raise funds for the children of Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. Hines and Gabrielle flew to Kibera, with Hines teaching the children singing, while Gabrielle taught them how to paint.
Title: Deni Hines – ‘The Soul Sessions’
Genres: House, Music, Dance, R&B/Soul
Released: December 2, 2016
Label: ℗ 2016 Bitchin’ Music Pty Ltd(4.5 / 5)