A Chat with Singer DeDe Wedekind
DeDe Wedekind grew up in Katy, graduated from Katy High, and now lives in north Houston. This professional crossover Christian artist is a classically trained singer, pianist, and flute player, and now also a songwriter. She abandoned music for a marketing career because it “made more sense,” but about seven years ago started hearing songs in her head – songs she had never heard before.
“I started dreaming about music,” she explains. Her husband agreed that she needed to get back into music full-time. She received her associate’s degree in music and “re-learned vocal performance, piano, songwriting, and musical theory – and regained confidence and belief in her life’s calling.
“I prayed that God would lead me, and He did. But you know what? I couldn’t have handled this career when I was younger,” she explains. “I needed more life experience. I didn’t have the skill sets, the toughness, and the supportive spouse I have now.” So with the Lord’s timing, everything she learned to this point – the marketing, writing, music – all came full circle.
Award Winning Music
Returning to music is the hardest thing DeDe has ever done, but also the most rewarding. And she has news to share about her two major music awards! This past March she was named as a finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for her original “The Fairy Tale Song” in the Children’s Music Category. She was also awarded Best Vocalist of the Month for March 2014 from SingerUniverse.com. In addition, she was the March 1 Runner Up for Best Song of the Month on Songwriter Universe.com for her hit song, “Blame It On the Summertime.”
DeDe comes from a long line of actors, storytellers and musicians on her father’s Welsh side, and is also one of seven musical children from an exceptionally creative family. DeDe credits God for returning her to her gift. One of the most important songs on her album is “The Fairy Tale Song,” written for kids and teens (and “kids” of all ages) to encourage them. Everyone can find their talents and dreams, take chances, work hard, have patience, and make those dreams become a reality.
Because she got her start as a professional singer and songwriter a little later in life, she feels like a role model (of sorts) for what can be accomplished when we believe in ourselves, use our talents, work hard and be persistent, no matter what our situations are.
“You can’t let things like age, self-doubt, fear, or finances stop you,” she says. “I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not afraid to say the things I feel need to be said, and to take a chance with my music. I’ve found my joy, my purpose, and my peace.”
Celine Dion, Adele, Taylor Swift, Amy Grant, and Sarah McLaughlin… she’s been compared to them all. But DeDe doesn’t strive to be like anyone else. “I have a very versatile voice and try not to limit myself to one sound or genre,” she says. She loves experimenting with “world” music and melody, and her mission is to bring hope, joy and comfort. She strives to plant the seeds of God’s love with relatable, yet positive lyrics, and beautiful, memorable melodies.
Fans Love Her
Apparently her 50,000 Facebook fans agree (she has another 40,000 on various social media), and DeDe thanks them for supporting local artists. “I’m floored,” she says of the accolades. Both of her winning songs were co-written with D. Koch of Nashville, who is also her producer. As part of her mission, DeDe supports charities for women and children, such as Covenant House, The Door, Humble Area Assistance Ministries, Village Learning Center, World Vision, and the African Children’s Choir with proceeds from her music.
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