“The rich-voiced Deanna Dove”, the Washington Post, is often referred to as the “Island Girl" from Broomes Island, Maryland, for her compositional writing style about her lifelong experiences being out on the water in a boat. Deanna’s influences of rock, pop, blues, alt-country and gospel have earned a loyal audience for her ability to craft songs relatable to water lovers around the Chesapeake Bay Area in Maryland. Deanna has established her reputation as a powerful, earthy singer, guitar playing, beat making, one woman show with also a vast repertoire of classic and pop cover songs.
Deanna’s debut album, Chesapeake was released in 2003, on her Island Girl Records label and solidified Deanna as a songwriter. Deanna’s song, Rivers Flow to the Sea, received Honorable Mention in the 2003 John Lennon songwriters contest. Deanna found that her unmistakably personal spin on Chesapeake also drew a universal nautical appeal for others living elsewhere on any body of water. The rock ballad, Chesapeake was featured as the theme song for the "Voices of the Chesapeake Bay," on WRNR 103.1, Annapolis, MD, and released on a 2005 compilation disc Songs of the Chesapeake Bay where proceeds go toward promoting awareness for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake has been featured in hundreds of videos and promotional campaigns as well as Deanna's live performance on Maryland Public Television's 2014 Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Never losing it’s appeal, Chesapeake was the featured music recorded and performed with students from Shady Side Elementary (Anne Arundel Public Schools) for their 2018 Chesapeake Bay awareness project.
Deanna’s musical development continued when after a month-long musical tour from North Carolina to Florida; she returned home and packed her bags for Nashville to find a mutual musical soul to record her next projects. In January 2007, she met hit-songwriter, producer Billy “Zig” Herzig (“Right from the Start,” Earl Thomas Conley) and began an intense 7 1/2 week long recording project. "I had no idea that I was meeting someone that had the same work ethic as I did, but that's what I found in Zig." "We spent almost everyday in the studio completing these albums." Deanna recorded three albums; revisiting her childhood roots with the gospel album, Rock of My Roots, then Merry Christmas, Dahling!, and finally but reluctantly, writing ten new original songs with her acclaimed Nashville band —Justin Schipper (guitar, Josh Turner), Steve Holland & Marshal Richardson (drums, Jo Dee Messina), Chris Autry (bass, Jo Dee Messina) — to complete the fun and uplifting album that became her 4th entitled Peace, Love & Crabs. Deanna comments that the track, “You Guys” was written to enviously jab at males who grow up having their mother, or spouse, take care of business for them while they take care of music business and learning how to play the guitar. “You Guys” was featured on the NBC Today Show in 2011.
Deanna has opened for the great blues masters, Eric Bibb and Shemika Copeland. She 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.