Memoir is a “powerhouse” songwriting duo, comprised of lead singer and lyricist Dena Deadly and music producer, Zed Kelley. The couple could not come from more diametric backgrounds (Zed being from Anchorage, AK and Dena from Hollywood, CA), but somehow this musical pairing makes perfect sense. After meeting in a recording studio, in Hollywood, they were married and began writing & composing music for their own production and publishing company, “Deadly Love Music”. Through their collaborations on many hits songs for artists, such as Cee-Lo Greene, Will-I-AM, Groove Armada, Nick Jonas, Jack Splash, Angie Stone, Esthero, Scott Storch, Warren G, Method Man & 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 "Empire", "The Lying Game", “The Fosters”, "Make it or Break it", "Shake it Up”, "The Real World", “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, "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 are made of.
Memoir offers a kaleidoscope of musical influences ranging from soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop, to blues, and even drawing from the heart-wrenching, bittersweet beauty of old spirituals. Today, they present us with a “feel-good” follow up to their first album (“Fire In Me”), dubbed “Electric Soul”. With tracks like “Glad To Be Alive” “Think I’m In Love” and “Electric Soul”, this record is bound to leave a smile on your face when you’re out on that dance floor.
Memoir’s first full length album, "Fire In Me," was released in the spring of 2014 and has been featured in dozens of online music blogs. Many songs from the album have been and continue to be featured in several TV shows and played all over college radio. Most notably, KCRW featured their first single, "Los Angeles" in their “Top Tune Of The Day” segment. Memoir has been #1 across several college markets and their single "Los Angeles", rose to the top of Hype Machine, and has over 100,000 plays on soundcloud. Their tour for the album took them all the way across the country and back and landed them performances at both SXSW and CMJ.
This next “offering” is a more optimistic chapter in their musical novel. “We’ve really had and lost so much, at this point in our lives, and so there is a freedom in these records. A purity that comes only when you are creating, without expectation, from a place of love and gratitude, from a place of nothing left to lose or prove,” says Dena. “Electric Soul”, is set to release in January 2016 and will be followed by tours in the spring and summer.