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Born to Dominican American parents in Washington Heights New York City, by the tender age of five, Vanessa Conde took singing lessons under her high school choral teacher Dr. Maredia Warren, an accomplished organist and professor of music. At age 17, Vanessa had been accepted into Westminster Choir College as a Vocal Performance Major, a prestigious music school in Princeton NJ. She majored in Vocal Performance and studied voice under former New York City Opera baritone Edward Pierson. As a classical vocalist, Vanessa's voice has no limitations performing Italian arias and operatic roles such as: Delilah from Samson and Delilah, and as Carmen in Bizet's Carmen. Vanessa was featured in the January 2007 Issue of SKOPE National Music Magazine: “From the Opera Stage to the Dance Floor” by Jason McNeil available at Barnes and Noble bookstores. Although Vanessa Conde was trained in the finer arts, as a child growing up in Washington Heights in New York, she also grew up on a musical diet of Latin Hip-hop/Freestyle/Dance and underground House music Jump forward to 2008 and Vanessa can be heard in International Dance clubs and radio stations with her House club hits “Let the Music Play” (Warner Brothers International) and Alma Matriz (of Tribal Circuit anthem fame “Rapido” and “Music Electrica”).
Already having cultivated a following from her previous Freestyle/Trance song “For You”, she also has on her past belt several on stage cameo appearances and impromptu performances with fellow artist such as Amber, George Lamond and known for taking part in massive community events as the Jersey City Puerto Rican Festival, The Community Fair For Children and New Jersey City Gay Pride; just to name a few. By late March 2008 Ms. Conde would wrap up her Winter Music Conference week tour in Miami and appeared a line of showcases in Venues like Voodoo Lounge, Score, The world famous La Bodegita del Medio, RUSH NYC and add them to her list of venues such as Heaven New York, Serena Night Club New York, the now defunct OZONE Miami, and even her performance on Telemundo “Despierta America” Channel 41 New York/Tri state area. In the Fall of 2008 she released a line of new self written material on Miami’s DESTUNE records; with original traditional and Neo-Freestyle versions and remixes provided by a line of DJ/Producers including DJ Jorge Ojeda, DJ Connie Cassarole, Amy Alderman and Luis Beyra.
Currently she is redefining the perception of “Freestyle” dance artist; an artist who can master more than one genre of musical styles. With a discography that spans back to her first self written radio hit “For You”, “Dance the Night Away”, “Let the Music Play” (Nowak SHAKE/Warner Italy) and her new release on Destune Records, “Falling Into Love”, she has graced the airwaves of Radio 1 London, XM, Sirius Satellite Radio and an armada of Internet radio stations. Wearing a belt that includes everything from Warner Brothers International distribution, appearances on Telemundo to sharing the stage with everyone from colleagues such as George Lamond, Amber, Pretty Poison, D’Luna/China Dolls, Martha Wash, Pepper Mashay, RuPaul, Vanessa keeps humble with a busy schedule.
Gearing into 2010, as she tours and continues to serve as a voice for the dance music scene as well as a advocate for global minorities, her label DESTUNE Records will release new production and remixes of “Falling Into Love" as well as other Dance and Ballad releases from the upcoming album with stellar remixers and legendary producers.
Praised by international producer Johnny Vicious as a “GRAND VOICE”, Vanessa is ready to bring her songwriting into another realm! As she continues to get club and radio play, including play on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, she made history in May 2008 as the first new generation NEO- Freestyle vocal artist to perform on the Downshift radio float during the New York Dance Music Parade. This is a step not taken before, especially for a predominant “house” music event, but a reflection of the changing times and musical switch due to the “ELECTRO” awareness and preference of the current day. This year 2009, she would wrap up her 3rd year participating with the Winter Music Conference opening for the legendary Pepper Mashay. She also lends her time to worthy causes such as AIDS WALK NYC in which a fundraiser at SPLASH nightclub in New York City.
She is aware of the positive influence she is now having on a new generation of independent freelance dance artist is what keeps her motivated, humble and well grounded. --JONPITO