Soulful. Divine. Spellbinding. Simone Denny is…a legend in the making. Born and raised in Toronto, this powerhouse diva is of Guyanese heritage. Simone’s Caribbean Canadian environment exposed her to a wide and eclectic mixed bag of musical influences. She grew up listening to calypso, reggae, Brazilian music, and of course, R&B. Simone knew in her heart that music would always be a major part of her life. Singing at a talent show in the 6th grade cemented the deal and Simone literally found her place in music and was determined to take the world by storm.
Simone began her career locally in Canada and quickly built up a name and a following. As a teenager she developed a following in local bands and as a studio session singer. She landed the role of “Mama” in a Canadian production of “Mama, I Want to Sing!” In 1993, Simone joined with DJ/producer Chris Sheppard and the group BKS. The group had several hits including 1996’s “Astroplane,” which claimed a Juno Award and a Much Music Video Awards in the same year. This prompted a Canadian cross-country tour. In 1997 Simone collaborated again with Sheppard to form the group Love Inc. Their eponymous debut album went platinum, spawning several hits including “Broken Bones,” which peaked in the top ten on the Canadian pop charts, reached #1 on the dance charts, and won a Juno and two Much Music Awards, as well as “You’re A Superstar,” which became a #1 dance song domestically, and in Australia and Spain. For co-writing the song “Who Do You Love,” Simone earned a SOCAN Music Songwriter’s Award. She toured with Love Inc. in Canada and Europe. Love Inc.’s second and last CD, “Into the Night,” was released in 2001. The techno-pop single “Here Comes the Sunshine” topped the Canadian dance charts, reached #3 in digital sales, and received a Juno and a Much Music Award.
After the disbanding of Love Inc., Simone recorded “I Don’t Want You” for the duo Widelife. This track reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Play Chart in October 2002, and Simone went on a cross-country U.S. tour. At the end of 2002 and into 2003, Love Inc.’s “You’re A Superstar” and “Broken Bones” were discovered the United Kingdom and Ireland. Both singles reached the top ten on radio play and dance charts.
In 2004 Simone recorded the theme for the television show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” “All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)” was released by Widelife featuring Simone Simone. This song reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play listing and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart, and earned her another Juno award.As an independent solo artist, Simone released “Cliché” in 2004, which reached #2 on Billboard’s Dance Chart.
In 2009 Simone released “Your Love” in Belgium on Sugar Sugar Records, Beatport and Trackitdown. A collaboration with producer Max Vangeli & Digital Lab. In June that same year she released her 2nd solo single “Luv Sick” released on High House records in Switzerland. It hit the # 3 position on the Swiss House Music Charts. It also held the #1 position on 3 of the Uk’s www.Expressbeats.com charts in June/July 2009. In October 2009, Drama Queen (Texting U) was released. The song is a collaboration with Barry Harris (DJ) of Thunderpuss fame. The song’s remixes include, Barry Harris Big Club Mix, Barry Harris Club Mix, Edson Pride Epic Mix, and the Wayne G and Andy Allder Atlantis Anthem Mix.
Between recording sessions and touring, Simone has enthusiastically donated her time to a multitude of charities. She has performed at numerous events including those that support ACT (Aids Committee of Toronto), CANFAR, and Doctors Without Borders. During Fashion Cares 2004, Simone experienced a thrill of a lifetime when she performed “Lady Marmalade” with Patti Labelle and Jocelyn Brown. As for the future, it looks extremely bright for Simone. To quote the songstress herself, “Everyday is a blessing. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and all my fans. I hope through my music I am able to put a little magic and happiness back into the world.”
Simone Denny is currently in Studio collaborating on new music. All releases slated for 2013.