An Atlanta, Georgia native, Cinnamon Denise is a vocalist, bassoonist, songwriter, and producer who has a talent for engulfing listeners into her music. As a vocalist, she started singing at an early age in her church Gospel choir where she developed a unique and virtuosic singing style. She uses this style in her performances with R&B/soul influences beautifully intertwined in the music. As a classically trained bassoonist, Cinnamon Denise incorporates a unique style of playing into her performances and has volunteered as a bassoon teacher in the Greater Miami community.
A gifted lyricist and songwriter, Cinnamon Denise is fluent in several songwriting styles in the English and Spanish languages. Her projects include collaborating with the Japanese deep house producer, Hideo Kobayashi; an eclectic acoustic duo, “Cinnamon and Jonny” in Ibiza, Spain; a songwriting team member of new song for the Slovenia’s Got Talent 2014 winner, Jana Šušteršič; a staff writer for the Peer Music Publishing Company; and the new age R&B band, the George Lacson Project’s recent EP release, Paradigms. As a producer, her music video, “You Were Here,” received 2nd Place in the Pronebula Awards Music Video Contest in Valencia, Spain. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), Atlanta, GA Chapter.
Cinnamon Denise is an alumna of the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she studied Media Writing and Production. She recently received her Masters in Music Technology Innovation from Berklee College of Music Valencia, Spain Campus. As an ambassador of Berklee College of Music she attended the Midem Music 4-day Conference in Cannes, France, where she displayed her creative process on the demonstration floor and gave a stunning performance at the EmTech España 2014 MIT Conference. She recently completed a 3-month apprenticeship at Sonic Vista Studios, Ibiza, Spain, under the direction of L. Henry Sarmiento II, Recording Academy member and mixing/mastering engineer. At Sonic Vista Studios, she exponentially increased her writing and mixing skills, as well as became inspired by great musicians such as Elijah Ray.
Cinnamon Denise has toured the eastern coast of Spain; performed on Eurovision-Slovenian national television; recorded with Grammy winning producers and engineers; and performed at some of Atlanta’s top venues, to include The Velvet Note and Apache Café. Selected in the top 10 from 100 applicants, she was a semifinalist in the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival Jazz Voice Competition, presided by legendary artist Al Jarreau.
Cinnamon Denise aspires to successfully perform and reach national and international audiences through her intriguing vocals and musicianship. Her goal is to correlate with worldwide artists via songwriting and music production. Her desire is to leave a legacy of a safe space for aspiring female musicians, producers, songwriters, and engineers by opening a music school that empowers young ladies to harness and nurture their individual talents.
“I believe in the power of music to bring about change in this world. So, let’s make some music and spread some love.”