Devaune Ratteray

Devaune Ratteray

Born and raised in Bermuda and briefly Northampton England, and a rich cultural background that includes African, European and East Asian, Devaune was exposed to so many different genres of music. However, like anyone growing up, He was more influenced by the music his parents listened to most, people like Michael & Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross.

"My first taste of 'The Bug' came when I was four years old and my parents entered me into a talent show. I sang 'Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)' and got a standing ovation. I’ve been on stage ever since, from school plays to violin recitals."

Devaune also began to work professionally as a child model, appearing in Print and Television advertisements for local Department Stores. The first time He auditioned for a theatrical production outside of a school environment he was 17 and landed a lead, with mention from the Director to reporters in interviews "Devaune sings like a dream."

"I loved to perform so much that in a summer job as a Hotel Camp Counselor, I was spotted by visiting performers from Las Vegas who caught me singing to the children in the camp. From there I had the opportunity to study Performance and Dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas." There, Devaune perfected his skills further, performing in productions like 'Annie' starring 'All in the Family' star Sally Struthers as Ms. Hanigan. In a review by Backstage.com for a short play entitled 'Brother's Keeper' Devaune was described as "riveting” and "a bullet of a talent". He also danced briefly in California with the Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers.

On top of all of this, writing songs has always been a constant. "The first song I wrote, I composed with my violin. However, singing and playing the violin at the same time was a massive fail. Every song I finish is a song, I can’t wait to perform. The stage is where I feel at home. I know that sounds cheesy but its the truth. The prospect of sharing my music will never cease to excite me."

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