Dianne Reeves: My Influences

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Sunday May 28, 2017

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Dianne Reeves: My influences taught me the power of music
By: Jane Rocca

I used to look for my father inside closets and behind doors. He died when I was two years old and I eventually realised he wasn’t coming back and stopped looking for him. I recall his laugh. My mother, Vada Louise, said I would always smile as soon as he opened the front door. He was in hospital a lot and I recall trying to push his wheelchair with Mum.

While I didn’t get to know my father, I still feel like he is a guiding light in my life. People have always told me he had a great voice but I never heard him sing. He died in his late 30s.

I was born in Detroit and moved to Denver, Colorado, with my mom and my older sister Sharon after Dad died. Mom was a nurse and she died in 2012 from cancer. She was everything to me…

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