Simone Denny

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Simone Denny is a Canadian pop/dance/house/techno vocalist, who was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

Personal background[edit]

Simone Denny was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is of Guyanese heritage. As a very young girl she listened to diverse types of music including calypso, rock, opera and classical music, and enjoyed artists such as Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams and Puccini. She started singing at a talent show in grade 6.

Career[edit]

As a teenager, Denny 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, Denny 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 MuchMusic Video Award in the same year. This prompted a Canadian cross-country tour.

Sheppard and Denny joined up again in 1997 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 MuchMusic 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", Denny 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 also received a Juno and a MuchMusic 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 Denny 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 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Both singles reached the top ten on radio play and dance charts.

In 2004, Denny 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 Denny. 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, Denny released "Cliché" in 2004, which reached #2 on Billboard’s Dance Chart.

In 2009, Denny released "Your Love" in Belgium on Sugar Sugar Records, Beatport and Trackitdown. It is a collaboration with producer Max Vangeli and Digital Lab.

In June 2009, Denny released her second 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 Expressbeats.com charts in June/July 2009.

In October 2009, "Drama Queen (Texting U)" was released. The song is a collaboration with Barry Harris of Kon Kan and 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.

Simone Denny is currently in the studio collaborating on new music with Adam Doom Sewell and Justin Allen McWilliams of Stereo Dynamite Records. Full album is slated for release in 2014.

Philanthropy[edit]

Denny has performed at numerous events internationally and in Canada including those that support ACT (Aids Committee of Toronto), CANFAR, and Doctors Without Borders. During Fashion Cares 2004, she performed "Lady Marmalade" with Patti Labelle and Jocelyn Brown.

Awards[edit]

Juno Awards
  • 2005: Dance Recording Of The Year - "All Things Just (Keep Getting Better)" (theme song of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, Bravo/NBC)
  • 2001: Best Dance Recording - Love Inc. - "Into The Night"
  • 1998: Best Dance Recording - Love Inc. - "Broken Bones"
  • 1996: Best Dance Recording - BKS - "Astroplane" [City Of Love Mix]
  • 1993: Best Rap Recording - (As a member of) Devon and the Metro Squad - "Keep It Slammin'"
MuchMusic Video Awards
  • 2001: Best Dance Video - Love Inc. - "Here Comes The Sunshine"
  • 1998: Video Of The Year - Love Inc. - "Broken Bones"
  • 1998: Best Dance Video - Love Inc. - "Broken Bones"
  • 1996: Best Dance Video - BKS - "Astroplane"
Canadian Music Awards
  • 1999: Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group - Love Inc.
  • 1999: SOCAN Music Song Writers Award for "Who Do You Love" which reached the #1 position. Co-written with Love Inc.

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