DeAnna J Cartea signs with Creative and Dreams Music Network 2015

Award Winning Song - Indie Music Awards

The Sunshine Coast’s very own Deanna Cartea Join Company Of Thieves,Girl In A Coma, Birdy Nam Nam, The Soul Of John Black As Winners of 

The 11th Independent Music Awards

For Immediate Release

May 2nd, 2012 Vancouver based Deanna Cartea join a diverse roster of self-released and independent label talent culled from 6 continents named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as the Judge-determined Winners of The 11th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans.

The Winners in more than 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry pros including Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Joshua Redman, Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter).

Deanna Cartea was named the winner of the Alt Country Song of they Year for this 11th edition of The IMAs.  

Details and complete list of 11th annual IMA Winners, Nominees and Judges available at:

Live interview with InRetro Radio

Band of the Day - Toronto Music Scene

 Alt-country singer Deanna Cartea has the smokiest, most dangerous vocals we’ve heard in a while. Her music resonates, sends a chill down your spine as you listen to the lyrics and find yourself lost in thoughts as you ponder the questions she poses in tracks such as “Robot.” But it’s not all existentialism. There’s a strong and unique rockabilly wisdom to these songs, especially on album title track “Open Road,” which features sliding guitars and rolling rhythms. Infused with soul and whiskey, this Vancouverite is sure to find a wealth of new fans when she takes the Indie Week stage in October.

A Voice That Draws You In

 There are times when you first hear a singer’s voice and are drawn in immediately to their music. This happens to me occasionally in the alt-country genre. I am not a big country music fan but when I hear music being performed with a passionate voice I have been known to become a raving fan very quickly. I remember this happening to me years ago when I first heard Chris Isaak’s deep voice and it may have just happened to me again when I was introduced to Deanna Cartea.

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan and now based in the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia has molded Deanna into a force to be reckoned with. I hope I am not too late to the party as she has already been named Winner of the 2012 Independent Music Award for “Alt Country song of the year”. She has created quite a unique sound and approach by drawing upon the exposure she had to the hard core elements of society during her prior career in Social Work that brought her up close and personal to the people and families who struggle daily. Seeing those images, combined with her own personal experiences in life, form a genuine and cerebral style to the character of her songwriting.

Back in the beginning of the summer Deanna Cartea released the album Open Road and has put her heart and soul into getting it out there to the masses. Captivating vocals, haunting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics describe the album from front to back. From the first time you hear her sultry voice on the peppy opening track ‘Open Road’ you will know you are in for a powerful listen. Deanna slows it down a little with the spooky ‘Robot’. The guitar effects are used perfectly to create a soundscape that is creepy yet welcoming. As with most of the songs on the album, but in particular ‘Cover me With Flowers’ Deanna really opens herself up with lyrics that are poignant and deep. These are songs where the listener will be forced to listen multiple times to try and take in the full meaning of the tracks.