|Lead & Backing
D’Maurice arrived in Seattle from Chicago as a
prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,
producer, arranger, and musical director.
Performing comes natural. In Seattle, some refer
to him as the hardest working man in show
business. His electrifying performance on stage to
his dynamic tear jerking falsetto is how he got the
nickname 'Little Smokey'.
|D’Maurice is a true performer. His music was voted “The best original music in the
northwest” by The Alliance of the Community Media, in which he won out of 50,000
contestants in the Northwest Region. One of the first to perform all original music
set's in Seattle’s music mecca “Pioneer Square”. This is how he was nominated and
accepted to perform original music and dance for the Northwest Area Music
Association (NAMA). NAMA is the largest music convention in the Pacific Northwest.
D’Maurice has also published original music with several publisher's including, Don
Casale Music Inc in New York, and Mighty Twins Music Productions in Chicago. D’
Maurice composed original music and performed a PSA (Pedestrian Safety
Commercial) for the University of Washington, “Don’t Hit Me”. Amongst his many
memorable performances was a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. During the event the special
guest (Jimi’s father) Al Hendrix invited D’Maurice to be a guest at the Al Hendrix
D’Maurice had the honor to have the legendary international Grammy Award winning
recording artist Thelma Houston (Don’t Leave Me This Way) record a song he wrote
called “I Do Love You”. D’Maurice is still working with Thelma Houston to this day.
D’Maurice was invited to Detroit as a special guest to accompany Thelma Houston to
the Motown Reunion for Berry Gordy (founder of the legendary recording company
“Motown”) and sister Ester Gordy . He had the pleasure of experiencing the magic
with artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, Holland Dozier Holland, The
Velvelettes, Frieda Payne, Teena Marie, Brenda Holloway, Martha Reeves and the
Vandellas, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few. Having all these legendary artists all
under one roof was amazing. You could feel the magic in the air! Berry Gordy invited
everyone to perform the Motown company song written by Smokey Robinson, which
was sung after every Motown meeting!
So come on out and see this true showman do his thang' on stage! Whether it is funkin'
up some roller skates to the tune of Roll Bounce Rock Skate or melting the heart's of
the single and not so single ladies that come to adore him! D'Maurice will always give
you a unique show experience that can't be duplicated anywhere but a Sonic Funk show!