DEDE PRIEST grew up in Dallas, Texas, raised by her hard-working, young mother.  As a little girl, Dede would sing along to whatever she could find.  As she grew older, it was the rawness of Blues and Gospel that shaped her talent the most.

Moving to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas, she earned a degree in Philosophy, then followed her heart and let the music lead. In Austin, Texas, a thriving live music haven, Dede began singing professionally. Brandishing vocals rooted in the Texas Blues tradition, Dede Priest has shared the stage with Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Leon Russell, Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), and Harry Belafonte, among others.  Pinned early on as a “Modern Day Blues Queen”, Dede Priest is now gaining wider international recognition for her powerful delivery of a unique style that crosses lines and “turns Blues, Soul, and Jazz inside out”.  Performing in the USA, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Denmark, Romania, Poland, and Sweden. Dede Priest continues to forge ahead with successful shows, radio play, and television appearances, including prestigious events such as Rhythm & Blues Night Oosterpoort - The Netherlands, Belgium Rhythm & Blues - Peer, Simply Blues Viana - Portugal, Trasimeno Blues Festival – Italy, Martin Luther King Keynote – Austin, Texas, to name a few.

In 2011, Dede Priest released “KINKY AT THE ROOT”, an honest and deeply personal portrait, and a well-received follow-up to her previous CD jewel, “CANDY MOON” (2007), which also received exceptional reviews.

In 2013, Dede Priest began a new project, TANGLED EYE, in which she sings and plays violin.  Raw and simple with a deep love for American Roots Music, Tangled Eye is a unique line-up of musicians with broad taste and an open mind, so many musical influences shine through.  Tangled Eye has performed in many different countries, including Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Austria, Poland, Sweden, and Romania.