Dee Anderson – The White Rose

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She’s been compared to the likes of Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Katie Melua…now get ready for 2007’s most talked about new jazz sensation, Dee Anderson. The first album, The White Rose, including her astonishing debut single, Black Skin Soldier based on the oppression and slavery endured by ethnic groups, is a beautifully haunting, yet powerful album showcasing Dee’s unique vocal style and sensitivity.

Dee is the daughter of famous husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the creators of the cult television series’ Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Space 1999. Mother, Sylvia was also the voice of Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds!

Born in Mississippi, USA, Dee came to London as a child, and grew up in a world of celebrity and entertainment. She spent much of her childhood with her grandparents. Her grandfather (one of the first boxers at the world-renowned Ring, at London’s Blackfriars) taught her many useful skills, including how to pull a real punch!

Influenced by her family and their successes, Dee’s own passion for music grew as she listened avidly to a variety of pop music in the family record collection, ranging from The Stones to Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. She was keen to pursue a singing and acting career upon leaving school, and so applied for Drama School, knowing that her parents were unhappy about her entering what they perceived as an insecure profession. However, they soon discovered that Dee had not only applied and been accepted, but had also won a full scholarship. Realising her determination, Gerry and Sylvia gave her their blessing, and Dee completed her training.

The years of singing along to the family record collection paid off, and Dee was told to sing professionally. She embarked on a hugely successful career as an actress and singer, appearing on television and stage. Shows included ‘The Elvis Show’ in London’s West End, with Toyah Willcox in ‘Trafford Tanzi’, and in the revival of ‘Oh Boy’, alongside Shakin’ Stevens, Alvin Stardust and Lulu. She also starred with Adam Faith in a theatre version of Alfie, and worked with Peter Skellern and Wendy Craig in TV shows for the BBC. Over the years, she has appeared in ‘London’s Burning’, ‘The Bill’ and a host of other TV shows