It is in the Caribbean, on the island of Guadeloupe that Afro-Caribbean Vocalist and Songwriter, GLAWDYS N’ DEE, began her musical and cultural odyssey that would ultimately evolve into a Vision.
In 2010, her ground breaking debut CD, entitled LYANNAJ (meaning To Win Over, To Connect, To Unite in Solidarity), recorded in Chicago USA, received instant acclamation and was selected by Chicagojazz.net one of The Best Vocal Album and Best Chicago's Recordings of 2010”. http://www.jazzchicago.net/reviews/2011/Bestof2010.html
Nationally-renowned Grammy Winner music critic Neil Tesser: writes: "…the impressive Lyannaj heralds a Chicago artist of unusual depth and world-class promise. …N’Dee’s vocal style has a restrained intensity, a quality shared by the lineage of jazz singers that stretches from Billie Holiday through Nina Simone." http://www.examiner.com/jazz-music-in-chicago/a-global-perspective-music-to-warm-a-chicago-winter
Miles Davis former musical Director and Pianist, Robert Irving III says: "...she is very authentic in what she does...and very knowledgeable.."
Sung in three main languages LYANNAJ, has welcomed world renown guest artists such as acclaimed Cuban bass player Victor Miranda , guitarist Herb Walker, Nicaraguan pianist Darwin Alejandro Noguera, Chicago's own pianist, Calvin Koko Brunson, bass player and cellist Larry Gray and great percussionist, Frantz Flereau from Guadeloupe, among others.
Also known as “The New Voive of the Caribbean” GLAWDYS N’DEE, seamlessly incorporates traditional, modern, sacred and secular with the intent to explore and develop new cross-cultural visions, while never abandoning the spirit and roots the Caribbean.
Her Vision is the result of the culmination of years of musical study, personal growth, and global awareness. GLAWDYS’ music filters the language of humanity, rhythm and music, creating a sound that is timeless, innovative and uniquely her own. Echoing the title of its debut album “LYANNAJ”, the music of GLAWDYS N’DEE is truly a “Celebration of Life, Diversity and People.”
CULTURAL ART AMBASSADOR.
Convinced that the arts could be used as a powerful voice to positively impact humanity, GLAWDYS is also a dedicated philanthropist.
In 2O12, Ms. GLAWDYS N'DEE founded the first GWADLOUP INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHICAGO/USA, and became the Cultural Art Ambassador for this world premiere and unique event that stamped Guadeloupe’s distinctive cultural footprint in the celebrated multicultural heritage of Chicago (www.gwadloupfest.com).