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A product of North American and Indian cultures Gurdeep was born in Vancouver Canada and has lived in six different countries.

 

She began formal voice training at the age of ten, studying in Vancouver with Judy Maas and later in the UK with Evelyn Tubb.  She has taken master classes with Dick Jones, Emma Kirkby and studied jazz with David Bloom.

 

Gurdeep has performed various genres including western classical, jazz, contemporary, cabaret, free improvisation, folk and early music. 

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Gurdeep began singing professionally after a portentous lunch in Barcelona with the delightfully indescribable Michael Greenacre. After several concerts around Catalunya Spain, they recorded two CDs 'you, woman' poetry set to Michael's beautiful award-winning strains, and The Globalsong project 'The Millennium Song', also released as a video clip. Gurdeep has performed in several countries.

In England with the accomplished guitarist/lutenist Michael Fields, Gurdeep recorded 'This Earth is Mine' CD. These songs, extolling Earth and mother nature (and a grey tabby kitten), were written by her organic-farming grandfather Rupert Stephens.

The alpha-blue group Gurdeep formed with soul-full pianist Jonathan Idiagbonya in Brixton explored re-working early music in addition to jazz vocalese.

Gurdeep has collaborated with guitarist and composer Anthony Sidney, singing and recording his songs dedicated to Marino Marini. These songs were first performed at the Medici Villa Ricardi for International Woman’s Day in March 2008 with the Anthony Sidney’s All Religions Orchestra.

Now living once more in Canada, Gurdeep is on the Pacific West Coast. In 2011 she recorded The SVD Song with pianist Lisa Olive. This popular song about a statistical method was written by Michael Greenacre. They have another song in the works, called the P-Value Song. Michael Greenacre’s witty and humorous Statistically Modelling Songs, first performed at the University of Barcelona, are based on Gershwin tunes and titled, It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Don’t Do Modelling, Summertime, It Aint Necessarily So, and The Model I Love.

Also written by Michael Greenacre is Water, Wind, Sun and Sea an original tune to raise awareness about sustainable and renewable energy and co-sung by Gurdeep’s daughter Diya. This will be released July 2013. The video-clip, filmed by Arthur Makosinki features the animation artwork of Turkish artist Miray. Later in 2013, Michael, Gurdeep and Catalan guitarist Santi Careta will release a follow up album to their original 1999 ‘you, woman’ CD. Titled Below the Surface, this CD continues in the genre of Michael’s original songs set for voice and guitars.

In the Spring of 2013, Gurdeep re-recorded her organic farming grandfather Rupert’s song with video clip “This Earth is Ours”. Her father Arran Stephens narrates. Gurdeep is currently working on an EP, a set of three covers grouped together under A Triptych of Genuine, Heartfelt, Gloriously Riveting Melodrama. I Put a Spell On You is the first to be finished and will be released in 2013.


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