“The rich-voiced Deanna Dove”, the Washington Post, is best known as the “Island Girl” and “local legend” in her hometown for her compositional writing style about her lifelong experiences on the Chesapeake Bay. Dove has earned a loyal audience for her ability to craft songs that include elements of rock, pop, blues, alt-country and gospel into a distinctly individual style with a universal appeal. Dove has established her reputation as a powerful, earthy singer, multi-talented guitar playing, beat making, one woman show.
Growing up on the Patuxent River in Broomes Island, Maryland, she and her sisters formed the Dove Sisters Trio. The Dove sisters were a very popular Sunday morning entertainment feature on the first local radio station in their area, WMJS 92.7, Prince Frederick, MD. The young trio sang popular gospel hymns and at age 12, Deanna accompanied her sisters on electric guitar and beautiful vocal harmony. The sisters moved on performing at talent shows, telethons and church revivals. Later, Deanna began performing in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia club circuit, covering both the male and female lead vocal fronting positions for numerous bands. After the 1998 break-up of "Deanna Dove & Blues Power,” Dove decided to establish herself as a solo artist and went full time in 2002.
Dove’s debut album, “Chesapeake” was released in May 2003, on her Island Girl Records label. “Chesapeake” has sold over 10,000 albums, thousands of downloads and solidified Deanna as a songwriter. Deanna found that her unmistakably personal spin on “Chesapeake” also drew a universal feeling for others living elsewhere on any body of water. The title track’s rock ballad, “Chesapeake” has been featured as the theme song for the "Voices of the Chesapeake Bay," a Sunday morning radio program produced by Michael Buckley on WRNR 103.1, Annapolis, MD. The track, “Chesapeake” was released on a 2005 compilation disc “Songs of the Chesapeake Bay” where proceeds go toward promoting awareness for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Deanna performed the tracks, “Chesapeake” and “Lula J” live for Maryland Public Television's 2014 Chesapeake Bay Week. Never losing it’s appeal, “Chesapeake” was the featured music with students from Anne Arundel County's Public School, Shady Side Elementary for their 2018 Chesapeake Bay awareness project.
Dove’s musical development continued when after a month-long musical tour from North Carolina to Florida; Deanna returned home and packed her bags for Nashville to find a mutual soul to record her next projects. In January 2007, she met hit-songwriter, producer Bill “Zig” Herzig (“Right from the Start,” Earl Thomas Conley) and began an intense 7 1/2 week long recording project. Dove revisited her childhood roots and recorded the gospel album, “Rock of My Roots." Next, Dove recorded her favorite Christmas songs to complete the album, “Merry Christmas, Dahling!.” Finally, Dove went to work writing ten new original songs to once again work with Zig and her acclaimed Nashville band —Justin Schipper (guitar, Josh Turner), Steve Holland & Marshal Richardson (drums, Jo Dee Messina), Chris Autry (bass, Jo Dee Messina) and Zig (b3, mandolin)— to write a fun and uplifting album that became yet her 4th album entitled “Peace, Love & Crabs.”
The track “Lay Down With Dogs” gets its name from a well used phrase Dove heard often from her father at the kitchen table and also from reading a book while in Nashville entitled Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, by Laura Sessions Stepp. “I wrote that song in hopes to get a “red alert” out to young women today", says Dove. While on her daily walk down by the water at Percy Priest, Deanna shared one of the lines she had just written that day from the track “Stalemate” with country legend “Whispering” Bill Anderson, who just kept saying, “I wish that I had written that line.” Dove comments about another track “You Guys” that was written to enviously jab at males who grow up having their mothers, or spouse, take care of business for them while they take care of business learning how to play the guitar. “You Guys” was featured on the NBC Today Show in 2011.
Dove performs live on WRNR 103.1 in Annapolis, MD. Her music can be heard on radio programs throughout the country as well as Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, Vietnam, and the Netherlands. Word of mouth praise has lead to rave reviews and articles in magazines such as Nor’easter Mid-Atlantic, Latitudes and Attitudes, Soundings, and Chesapeake Life, which continue to lead her to high profile appearances at the Ram’s Head Live on Stage in Annapolis, MD, the Historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon’s Island, MD, Baltimore’s Artscape, Coco Loco’s in San Pedro, Belize, and on the “Willy T” in the British Virgin Islands.
Currently writing and recording her next project, Dove tours and performs as the activist impetus for the most popular yearly events in her hometown in support of public awareness for restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Dove is a founding member of SoMdCARES, Southern Maryland Citizens Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions.