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Singer, Guitarist, Teacher
"From the opening track, a revved-up rendition of the splendid Joni Mitchell song of wanderlust, “Urge For Going,” to the closing track, an old Suzy Bogguss song, “Music On the Wind,” and within the eight great songs between, there is lots to love. After more than forty years of lighting up the room with her exquisite vocal talents, it’s great to have yet another gem of an album to add to the Dede Wyland discography."
Lee Michael Dempsey
Longtime radio host at WAMU
radio and bluegrasscountry.org
"Dede Wyland’s voice rings like a bell, clear and powerful. Urge for Going is set to mark Dede’s rightful place in the history of modern bluegrass."
Missy Raines and the New Hip
"Dede Wyland is one of the pioneering women in bluegrass. (This is) bluegrass music, extremely well-played by a who’s who of D.C. area pickers: members of the Seldom Scene, Dirty Kitchen, and others, but it’s Dede’s captivating voice and musical leadership that put the artistic stamp on this collection of songs.
Whether it be the Everly Brothers’ “Let it Be Me”,
a Joni Mitchell song, or one by her beloved Stanley Brothers, Dede has the gift of truly delivering the lyrics and making us feel each song in a new way. That’s what an artist does, and Dede has never sounded better doing it."
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Chris Jones — SiriusXM
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A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. She toured internationally with Skyline through the ’80s. During those years her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come.
After leaving Skyline in 1987, Dede moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then to the Washington-Baltimore area in 1990, performing regionally and concentrating on her work as a vocal coach. Since 1999, Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).
Debbie Kauffman, Glenrock, Pennsylvania “I cannot say enough about how working with Dede Wyland improved my singing. I believe all her students would say the same. It is rare that such a great performer is also such an effective teacher..”
Terry Dyroff, Silver Spring, Maryland “Dede has all the elements essential to being a good teacher. She is a patient, tactful, knowledgeable and highly effective vocal instructor.”
Tom Mindte, Patuxent Partners Bluegrass Band “When I studied vocal technique with Dede Wyland, my dynamic control improved considerably. I highly recommend Dede for singers of every level.”
Bill Mulroney, Ashton, Maryland “The quality of my vocals have improved immeasurably with her guidance....and if she can help me, she can help you too!”
Joe Carr, Music Camp Director, South Plains College, Levelland, TX “It is rare and difficult to find a musician who is both a great performer and an excellent teacher. Dede is that rare individual in both areas. Her soulful and moving vocal styles are impressive to all who hear her and her teaching is effective with students of all levels.”
Peter Langston, Director, The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Seattle, Washington “Dede is one of our favorite vocal teachers. She combines a knowledge of the mechanics of singing with an understanding of the emotional range of the voice.
She's truly one of those rare vocalists who can so beautifully and soulfully interpret any number of stylings, from a bluegrass evergreen, or a cowboy yodel, to the blues, or the deepest of heartfelt ballads — a world class singer, to be sure.
Dede is one of the most talented artists that I've had the good fortune to have worked with. The passion for her music shines through as she sings with one
of the most enchanting voices you'll ever hear.
Jim Robeson, producer/engineer
Bias Studio, Springfield, VA
There is the strength and suppleness of a python in the easy way she moves and shapes air. When she tells a story, you want to listen.
Simply put, Wyland must be heard by all lovers of the female voice in bluegrass.
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PHOTO © MICHAEL G. STEWART
PHOTO © MICHAEL G. STEWART
Since 1994, Dede has helped countless amateurs express themselves through singing, and has guided professionals to their full vocal potential.
Her goal is to help singers find their natural voice, and their style, by teaching techniques that lead to greater range, flexibility, and overall vocal quality. Ultimately, she seeks to give her students tools to bridge the gap between what they feel and what they can express. With this goal in mind, Dede teaches her students basic vocal anatomy, posture, correct breathing, and breath support. Once that foundation is established, she moves on to address each student’s individual needs and musical styles.
Dede studied in New York
City for 7 years with highly regarded singer and voice teacher Rona Klinghoffer, and has also worked with other celebrated coaches focusing on modern technique for non-classical styles of singing.
She studied the anatomy
Now available for
• Private Lessons
• Music Camps
and physiology of voice
production at the University
of Maryland, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and makes a point of staying abreast of developments
in the world of voice teaching.
"Grass Food & Lodging" Reunion (L—R) Tom Schwark, Peter Knupfer, Ken Finkel, Jon Peik, me, Jim price
Vocal Class photo — Puget Sound
"Kitty Star & the Whereabouts" (L-R) Dede, Chris Sanders, Beth Mead (foreground), Anne Luna
"Mama Tried" (L—R) Tom McLaughlin, Randy Barrett, Me, Ira Gitlin
"Keep the Light On" album band (L—R) Mike Munford, Rickie Simpkins, Dede Wyland, Wyatt Rice and Ronnie Simpkins
Dede and Chris Jones
Ira Gitlin and Tom McLaughlin
(L—R) Steve Smith, Jon Weisberger, Ned Luberecki, Alan Munde, Elliott Rogers, Chris Jones, Paula Carr, Joe Carr
(L—R) Rickie Simpkins, Jim Robeson — master engineer, Ronnie Simpkins
Institute of Musical Traditions
(L—R) Dede, Bill Williams, Scott McKnight
"Grass, Food & Lodging 2015" (L—R) Peter Knupfer, Ken Finkel, Jon Peik, Dede, Jim Price
Hot women picker pals! (L—R) Chris Sanders, Janice Rogers, Beth Mead, Anne Luna
PSGW 2016 (L—R) Kathy Kallick, Laurel Bliss, Suzy Thompson
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Vocal Class 2016!
“Funk Up the ‘Grass!” Chip Py's Locally Grown Web Series with Geff King (bass), Jason “O” Holland (trumpet) and Dari Jay (vocals)
Augusta Bluegrass Week Faculty Concert 2016 (L—R) : Patrick McAvinue (fiddle), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin), Ira Gitlin (bass) and Ned Lubrecki (banjo).
Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016, Nashville, Tennessee
Kathy Barwick, Roland White PSGW 2014
(L—R) Tim May, Becky Bueller, Alan Munde, Emory Lester at Kaufman Kamp, 2015
Peter (left) and David McLaughlin
"The Sonoran Dogs" (L—R) Brian Davies, Tyler James, Mark Miracle, Peter McLaughlin
(L—R) Becky Bueller, Missy Raines and Dede at Kaufman Kamp 2015
"Dede & the Do-Rights" (L—R) Scott McKnight, Dede, Tom Bowes, Bill Williams
photo by Michael G. Stewart
Arizona’s finest! (L—R) Nick Coventry, Peter McLaughlin, David McLaughlin, Dede, Brian Davies, Alvin Blaine, Tyler James (missing from photo, the fabulous Mark Miracle)
(L—R) David McLaughlin, Peter McLaughlin, Brian Davies, Dede photo@Heidi Schewel
Dede's Gallery of Music and Friends
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