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A Study of a Woman's Soul (EP)

by Dessy Di Lauro

With a voice as unique as her origins, Dessy Di Lauro invites you to a synthesis of Soul and Brazil-flavored Jazz.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Shout Out
Dessy Di Lauro featuring Ric'key Pageot
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3:26 album only
2. When You Need Me
Dessy Di Lauro featuring Ric'key Pageot
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4:43 album only
3. Where is The Light?
Dessy Di Lauro featuring Ric'key Pageot
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5:30 album only
4. My Inspiration
Dessy Di Lauro featuring Ric'key Pageot
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6:32 album only
5. Dear Mama
Dessy Di Lauro featuring Ric'key Pageot
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7:37 album only
6. Bonus Track- City High
Ric'key Pageot's Jazzma
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5:44 album only
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Album Notes
"A Voice As Unique as Her Origins"

“Looking for a new name to get excited about, try Dessy Di Lauro”: Chris Wells, Editor-In-Chief, Echoes Magazine (April 2005). Dessy's recently commercially released EP album, 'A Study of a Woman's Soul' (CrazyglueMusic) is a blend of soul & Latin. To date, three out of five of her songs on the EP, were chosen by Soul music compilations; two in the US, and one in the UK. In January of 2006, DJ John Dean aired a full hour of Dessy’s live performance on his popular UK satellite radio show, The Juice, on Solar Radio. The buzz is already starting in the independent music industry.

Dessy is touring the US and Canada with the latest Cirque Du Soleil production, Delirium, with a leading role. Her producer, musical director, arranger, composer, and writing partner Ric’key Pageot, is the musical conductor & keyboardist on the Delirium.

In 2005 alone, Dessy and Ric’key have showcased there original music in Detroit’s “Motor City Music Conference”, Toronto’s “Canadian Music Week Conference” & Phemphat’s “Honey Jam”, New York City’s S.O.B.’s Club, The Montreal International Jazz Festival. At that same event, she sang back up vocals for none other than Patti Labelle & The Neville Brothers. Of that experience, Dessy says: “After meeting Ms. Labelle, my admiration for her grew even more, not only as an artist, but also as a person. She is just incredible”.

From early childhood, Dessy Di Lauro's parents exposed her to music of many genres, considering her multi-ethnic background. The music of her parents inevitably would later become her own musical influences; soul music (Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder); jazz (Sara Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald); Cuban (Los Van Van, Irakere); and Brazilian (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil).

As she made her way in the Montreal music seen in the early 90's at a young age, she began singing in professional gospel choirs. She also joined the Rn'B/Soul group Co-Soul, singing alongside, Janis "Coco" Thompson (Celine Dion), and Alan Prater a.k.a.Soul-o (Michael Jackson, Cameo). During her time in the band, she opened for singer Mary J. Blige on her "My Life Tour" in Montreal.

Along with genius turntablelist DJ Kid Koala (Ninja Tunes Rec.), Dessy was one the original members of the acid jazz group, Bullfrog. Among many performances in and outside of Montreal, they opened for James Brown's saxophonist, Maceo Parker.

Dessy has also performed and recorded with many francophone recording artists in Quebec, such as Mitsou, Marie-Denise Pelletier, France Joli, and Marie Joe Therie.

In 1997, Dessy was getting to be known around Montreal not only as a gifted singer, but also as a talented songwriter. That year, she was called to write and sing for a brand new francophone rap group, named Dubmatique for their debut album "La Force de Comprendre" (Tox records). Her single when on to top the charts in Canada and France, and the album was certified double platinum, earning Dubmatique the title of the first francophone rap group to go platinum in Canada. Internationally known singer Ginette Reno, winner of six Juno Awards personally picked Dessy's original composition "Will You Be There" for her English album "Love Is All" (Honey Dew Records/1998) produced by Steve Skinner.

In 1998, Dessy was chosen to be part of the original cast of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production, "La Nouba" in Orlando, Florida, where she performed for three years.

At her return to Montreal in 2003, she was introduced to Ric’key Pageot, and they soon began working together on her original material. His credentials include a Bachelor degree in music, majoring in Jazz Performance from McGill University (2003), and he also leads his own Afro-latin Funk Jazz quintet, Jazzma (see his biography on for more information).

In the Fall of 2004, Dessy and Ric’key went on a two-month tour in France with multi platinum selling recording artist, Corneille, as she sang back up vocal. She is also featured on his sophomore album, “Marchand de Rêves” (Deja Musique, 2005).

Dessy Di Lauro is a name you will not forget.


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Scott C

Believe it or not, Montreal's own Dessy Di Lauro is just getting started. Although she's been singing in and out of the city for years, this disc is the first official studio recording to spotlight her honey voice. Teaming her with the soulful ear of her keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, A Study of a Woman's Soul is a sign of things to come from this duo. My picks include the undeniable soul of "Where Is the Light," the heartfelt melancholy of "Dear Mama" and the blistering bonus track "City High," showcasing the talents of Ric'key and band Jazzma.

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carla Bouchja -

A High Five!!!!! out to Dessy, I've just heard your smooth and sultry vibes and a shout out to Ric'key Pageot you make those keys flow.......

Echoes Magazine (U.K.): Chris Wells

A New Name To Get Excited About
Looking for a new name to get excited about? Try Montreal-born Brazilian-Italo-Cuban singer/songwriter Dessy Di Lauro, who has a six-track CD-EP available at Her interesting heritage shines through both the rhythms and arrangements, putting Dessy over on soul's jazzier side - just where I like it. Some very lively grooves here, especially the opening cut, Shout Out, but after repeated in-car plays, the mesmeric, mid-speed ballad My Inspiration has grown into a real personal favourite. Wish it were longer. A lot longer.

Chris Rizik

Highly recommended.
A welcome introduction to the new talented team of Di Lauro and Pageot, A Study of a Woman's Soul is a real treat. The compositions are strong, and Pageot and the band provide a restrained but very effective backing behind Di Lauro's strong voice, which is sometimes jazzy and sometimes almost classical in its tone. The first single, "When You Need Me," is a great slice of midtempo Brazilian jazz with nice guitar work by Paolo Ramos. Perhaps even better is the second half of the disc, which has an intimate nightclub kind of feel on the fine ballads "My Inspiration" and "Dear Mama," before finishing with the Pageot instrumental, "City High."

About the only bad thing I can say about A Study is that, as an EP, it simply ends too quickly. But Di Lauro and Pageot clearly make a great first impression on this intelligent, appealing disc and make me look forward to her Di Lauro's full CD, scheduled for 2006. Highly recommended.

just buy this cd
the whole cd is beautiful, and if i hear a better song than 'when you need me' this year i'll be more than surprised - if i'd not known who it was i'd have said it was a stevie wonder song written for syreeta, and that's meant as a major compliment. the band is tight, the production is spot on, and the vocals are perfect. absolutely the best cd i've bought at cdbaby without a doubt. buy it.

Jay Sloan, ASCAP Associate Director Creative Affairs/Rhythm & So

Her music is relevant, it’s necessary.

Dusty Groove America

Extremely nice work from soul singer Dessy Di Lauro
Extremely nice work from soul singer Dessy Di Lauro -- a warm and wonderful 6 track ep that's overflowing with sweet jazzy influences! Dessy recorded the set with keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, who really brings a special sound to the record -- taking Dessy's already deeply soulful vocals, and inflecting them with a sound that's richer and fuller than the usual Neo Soul groove! The beats are definitely on the back burner for this one, and Ric'key's keyboards set the scene with a mellow stepping style that glides along gently -- while Dessy soars over the top, in a vocal range that's as strong and powerful as Carleen Anderson on her classic work!

Alex Villa

A Truly Rising STAR!!!
The CD is WONDERFUL. Dessy's voice is passionate and powerful. Her R&B style is truly the new wave of music and I am certain, she is the next star to be discovered. This is CD worth buying! You WON'T be disappointed
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