ABOUT THE ARTIST
Damoyee Janai Neroes, known professionally as Damoyee, is an award-winning American musician, composer, singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist. She is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with an affinity for pop, jazz and R&B. At the age of 2, Damoyee started playing piano and studying music theory and composition, She has the distinct and rare gift of absolute pitch. As a vocalist, she is a contralto with a three-octave range and can flawlessly sing from C3 over an octave below middle C to soprano C6. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, keyboards, synth, guitar, electric bass, melodica, clarinet, ukelele, dulcimer and many percussion instruments.
Damoyee independently released her ﬁrst album, Thankful, at age 13 for which she wrote the music and lyrics, performed piano, vocals and harmonies, and served as co-executive producer. When she was 16 years old, Damoyee independently produced and released a 12-track studio album, From the Bottom of My Heart, for which she wrote the lyrics and music, and performed vocals, piano and percussion. In 2019, Damoyee executive-produced and released her third studio album, The Whole Truth, with Dallas based indie record label State Fair Records. One of the album’s singles, Independent, is critically-acclaimed, reached top 10 in Europe and top 100 worldwide on the indie charts. The Whole Truth, was released October 4, 2019 – her 19th birthday.
Damoyee has performed over 200 live shows at many venues of varying sizes throughout her hometown of Dallas/Fort Worth including the legendary main stage at House of Blues, and beyond in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and more. In 2018, she made her Los Angeles, CA debut as a main stage headliner at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Damoyee has performed on program with Erykah Badu, The RH Factor and Ashlin Parker & Trumpet Maﬁa at Improvisations: A Tribute to Roy Hargrove at the Montgomery Arts Theater in Dallas, Texas. At the tribute, Damoyee performed as a vocal soloist and keyboardist on songs by Roy Hargrove and The RH Factor. Damoyee performed at the 50th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and at The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City.
Damoyee is an extraordinary music artist having earned recognition at the local, state, national and international levels for her work in piano and vocal performance, music theory and composition across multiple music genres. One of her highest honors is the prestigious lifetime achievement Paderewski Medal for piano playing and music theory awarded by the American College of Musicians. Damoyee won Best Female Vocalist in the 2020 Central Track Music Honors. Damoyee is a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist and National YoungArts multi-award winner for jazz voice and singer-songwriter. She is a two-time DownBeat SMA recipient: Winner Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist (Piano and Vocal); Outstanding Performance Vocal Jazz Soloist. Damoyee is also a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival for her performance on ‘Round Midnight by Miles Davis, arrangement by Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. She was named a Rising Star by the Dallas Jazz Piano Society and recognized by NPR Music as one of North Texas’ 20 Under 20. In 2019, Damoyee was selected as the exclusive composer for AT&T Performing Arts Center to compose a song to accompany the ascension of The Moody Foundation Chandelier prior to every production at Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas. The Lights Are Rising by Damoyee made its debut on July 27, 2019 when the chandelier ascended before a sold-out crowd for An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant during Vanzant’s Acts of Faith Remix Tour. Damoyee earned a silver medal in music composition by NAACP ACT-SO for her song, The Willow Tree. She won Best Original Soundtrack in the International Online Web Fest awards for her film score work on Fauk My Life, an independent web series. Damoyee is an alumna of House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Bringing Down the House program for emerging artists. She participated in the program once as a solo artist and a second time with her now defunct band, DiDi’s Garden.
Damoyee was born October 4, 2000 in Dallas, Texas and raised in Arlington, Texas. She has two younger siblings, both are athletes. Damoyee is an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Erykah Badu, Edie Brickell, Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones). She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for 4 years to attend Berklee College of Music (Roy Hargrove, Lalah Hathaway, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Charlie Puth, Esperanza Spalding) where she is majoring in ﬁlm scoring.