March 16, 2017
An Evening with Dión, with poetry by Danielle Echols. Sound by Jon Monteverde. Photos by Orel Chollette.
Dión is an emerging singer-songwriter hailing from the south suburbs of Chicago. Her experience with music goes as far back as 1995 singing in her church. She mastered her skills at Mount Holyoke College, where she was also a Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate recipient. During her college years, Dión had the privilege of psrticipating in domestic exchange at Spelman College, where she was a featured soloist for the Annual Morehouse and Spelman Christmas Carol Concert in 2011.
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she returned back to her hometown to create and collaborate with influential artists. She had the opportunity to provide supporting vocals for multiple artists, PJ Morton, Gene Noble, Erthe St. James, and Harold Green among them. Dión is also recognized for her work with the Musical Arts Institute on the South Side of Chicago as vocal instructor and featured soloist in the "Worthy Cantata," composed and conducted by Lana Manson. She has traveled and performed with both choral groups and missions organizations in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and South Africa.
Dión describes her musical approach as eclectic and soulful. She uses her passion for the technique utilized by classically trained singers and the groove of R&B to provide listeners a thought-provoking musical experience: not just music that is appealing to the ears but that resonates with the heart.
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