Dee Ellington

Dee Ellington — agrooves Recordings Artist
Dee Ellington — agrooves Recordings Artist

Dee Ellington (Debroah Jacobs), hailing from Harlesden, North West London started singing at the tender age of 10 years old. Dee joined local performing art clubs in Stonebridge and Harlesden and developed a passion for dance, singing and acting.

She released her first single 'Can't Hurry Love' a cover of the Supreme's 1960's Motown hit, at the age of 15. At 19 years old, she was spotted by A&R Kenny Hoole, who worked for BMG formerly known as RCA records. She worked with Steve Lewinson and Glenn Scott on demo's and was later signed by Mike McCormack. Dee collaborated with a host of songwriters such as Omar, Don-E, Noel McKoy, Uschi Van Classen, Martin Sutton, Terry Callier and Geoffrey Williams. Whilst signed to BMG Dee performed around London and the UK in clubs which included legendary Camden venues Ronnie Scotts, Dingwalls and the Jazz Cafe.

She released the single 'Burning Desire', which made the UK charts but unfortunately BMG then dropped their UK Urban roster for pop interests. For several years Dee wrote and released dance singles and was eventually reconnected with Kenny Hoole who signed her to a publishing deal with Universal. Dee wrote and performed songs for a band called 'Brew' during this time who supported legendary rapper Tricky. They toured from 1998 - 2000, across the UK, Europe, America, Canada and Japan and played major festivals including Glastonbury and MTV. After the band split Dee continued to tour with Tricky and singer Martina Topley Bird exclusively for many years.

Dee began working with Migration Recordings owner/producer Rob Sparx in 2010 and released their first single "Trying to Remember" on Fentplates in 2011. Many collaborations and releases later Dee has become a firm resident of the NexGen Music family of label.

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Dee Ellington appears on:

Rob Sparx - Dreamin' EP


Dee Ellington - So In Love EP


Rob Sparx - Origins LP