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Dea Li

Dea Li   (Germany)

AKA : Dorothy Lapi
EuroDance member
Added : 19/02/2010
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Hungry As A Hunter
Calling The Angels
Heaven
Venus In Chains
Seven Wonders
La Musica
95 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

 

Dea Li albums

Hungry As A Hunter Hungry As A Hunter 2009

 

Dea Li singles

Calling The Angels Calling The Angels 1997  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Heaven U96 - Heaven 22nd Apr 1996  
Venus In Chains U96 - Venus In Chains Oct 1996  
Seven Wonders U96 - Seven Wonders 12th May 1997  
La Musica Mindsweeper - La Musica 1999  

 



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Dea Li biography

Real name : Dorothy Lapi. She was the daughter of Italian immigrants from Sicily to Germany. She first discovered dance at the tender age of 5, quickly followed by singing a short while later. She asked her granddad to buy her first vinyl record, Fade To Grey by Visage when she was 8 years old and her passion for electronic music was awakened. She then discovered the 60s, Jazz and Bossa Nova and couldn't get enough of Billie Holliday, Shirley Bassey, Stan Getz, Gilberto... Her hobby was painting (Acryl) and she was a fan of Al Pacino. She lives in Frankfurt.

She started her carreer as a dancer and choreographer for music videos (she did choreographies for Captain Jack) and avant-garde shows and became established in the music scene. She started singing backing vocals for Hip-Hop beats and soon became a sought-after studio singer.

She met producer Alex Christensen for the first time in August 1994 as she was taking vacation in Mallorca, a place unusual for her, because she was taking her vacation most of the time in Africa or India, the places she loves the most. One night she went to a Japanese club with her friend Marina, who bet with Dea-Li she was not daring to sing in public. She sang Smooth Operator, an original song by Sade. People in the club were so impressed by her performance that she had to encore several times. One of the person in the 'audience' who also asked her to encore was Alex Christensen himself. They exchanged addresses and phone numbers, but nothing happened during next twelve months. In the Summer of 1995 Dea-Li with her friend Murat from the Hip-Hop group CodX were visiting Frankfurt (Germany). While she was leaving the studio, she bumped into Alex.

In 1996, she became one of the vocalists for Alex Christensen's project U96. The first single Heaven remained in the Top 5 for months and reached platinum level. This catapulted Dea Li to international fame. Further hits such as Venus in Chains and Seven Wonders followed, which sold just as successfully as the first album Heaven. She aslo released the solo single Calling The Angels produced by Alex Christensen.

Despite the massive success, she then decided to take a break from the music world. She studied historical ethnology and became an actress. After this pause, she went back to musical business, being featured as a singer and songwrtier on various projects. In 2007 she started with the production of her first solo album Hungry As A Hunter. The result was a blend of electro, progressive dance beats, the sound of the 60's and pop.

2008 : she recorded a cover of David Bowie's song Cat People (Putting On Fire) on compliation Hollywood, Mon Amour produced by Marc Collin and did backing vocals on Bianca Calandra's song It's Wrong For Me To Love You from the same CD. The same year, she recorded the videoclip Un anno d'amore (cover of a Mina song) directed by Antony Rizzi.

Thanks to tudi
Dea Li biography on Myspace

Dea Li biography was last updated Sat, December 29th 2012



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