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Bio

Adriel Denae grew up in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago and is creating a life of exploration through music. Her childhood was spent a few blocks from the Green Mill Lounge, Aragon Ballroom and Uptown Theater and within a philanthropic, musical family and community. Gospel, jazz, folk, blues and the sounds of a uniquely diverse neighborhood permeated her surroundings and pointed her sensibilities towards timelessness and mystery. 

After a short stint studying mathematics, she began touring and performing in various groups, most recently and for the longest period, with partner Cory Chisel. In early 2014 she embarked on her first solo venture, recording with Norah Jones as her producer. Shortly after completion, a surprising twist brought her first child and a new project of stewardship in Northeast Wisconsin. Her focus shifted for 3 years, while she learned to care for an 80 year old former monastery on 11 acres of land and formed an Arts Foundation to support artist residencies in the space. Inspired by her new surroundings and immersion in nature and motherhood, she also created a natural skin care line based on midwifery techniques from the 1800's with partner, Jen Auerbach.  

Taking her cue from the cyclical nature of growth, her debut solo release will bloom in 9 stages, beginning in late February 2018, and will incorporate films made in collaboration with artists in the place she now cares for. Seeking new ways of seeing and thinking, the release will endeavor to strengthen a model of support for artists - one that facilitates the creation and release of work outside of a system of debt and in collaboration with community. Believing that beauty enriches every segment of society and that personal expression is paramount to the human experience, it is her intention to make way for more individuals to create through profits generated from the release.