Memoir is a “powerhouse” songwriting trio, comprised of lead singer and lyricist Dena Deadly, musician and music producer, Zed Kelley, and songwriter and musician Remington Garner. After meeting in a North Hollywood recording studio and falling in love, Zed and Dena were married and began writing & composing some of the most beautiful, soul stirring, music of our times. Dena's brother, Remington, joined the team soon after and began writing with the group. Through their collaborations on many hits songs for artists, such as Cee-Lo Greene, Will-I-AM, Groove Armada, The Jonas Brothers, Angie Stone, Esthero, Scott Storch, Jack Splash, Warren G, Method Man, DJ Rashida & Pitbull, to name a few, hit-makers, Dena and Zed, soon realized their powerful potential in joining forces.
Upon contributing their multi talents to illustrious vocal and hip-hop stars, they began writing songs and composing music for television and feature films, including "The Lying Game", "Make it or Break it", "Shake it Up”, "The Real World", "Failure to Launch", "Warrior", "Playing for Keeps" and the theme song for “Vanderpump Rules.” Still, it is within their own personal musical projects that one really begins to hear what these two veterans are capable of. Their new creative venture together, now known as Memoir, is quite simply, unstoppable!
As Memoir, this trio offers a kaleidoscope of musical influences ranging from soul, funk, and rock, to blues, even drawing from the heart-wrenching, bittersweet beauty of old spirituals.
Of Memoir, Dena said, “This album was definitely inspired by the ‘legends’ of soul, blues and rock n roll, like, Sam Cooke, Elvis, James Brown, Sly Stone, Otis Redding, The Doors & Marvin Gaye but we were definitely, equally, inspired by bands like Radiohead, Bjork, The White Stripes and Portishead, for their ingenuity and their ability to tell a story so well and evoke such profound emotion in us.”
However, what you will hear most in Memoir's music is their love for film. Inspired by filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and by the dark soundscapes of horror films and television shows like Twin Peaks, Dena’s rich voice and thought provoking stories are always swirling in epic scores that unfold around her in every song. Memoir’s songs reflect an intelligence and breadth of musicianship & poetry that is rare. A hybrid of sounds that we have not yet come across and yet, seem so familiar.
“We’ve been working, our entire musical careers to make that one record that would mean something to us,” said Dena. “A record like Marvin Gaye’s, ‘What’s Goin On,’ ‘La Woman’, by the Doors, Portishead’s ‘Dummy’ or Lauryn Hill’s, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’” Dena continued, “A record that would define us completely and last forever.”
Memoir’s four-song, self-titled EP is scheduled for release April 15, 2013, coinciding with their official music video for the hauntingly beautiful single, “Look Away”. Their full-length album, “Fire in Me” will follow in Fall 2013. Memoir’s own production company and indie label, known as Deadly Love Music, will release the EP, video, and album.