b. 19 February 1983, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Set on a career in showbusiness from very early childhood, Dean attended the Intake Performing Arts High School. She appeared on stage and television in dramas and musicals; among the shows in which she worked were, in the theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatand Pit Stop, and, on television, The Ward. Turning to country music, in 1999 Dean auditioned for RCA Nashville, opened concerts for Beth Nielsen Chapman, Karen Lynne, Don Williams(on his 2000 UK tour), Gail Davies, and others, the latter producing and writing songs, such as ‘Never Cross The Line’, for Dean’s debut album. This was recorded during a trip she made to Nashville while on holiday from school. Dean won the 2000 HMV British Country Music Award as Rising Star. Although, as might be expected from a young singer, contemporary pop plays a large part in her repertoire and approach to the material she performs. That said, country music is clearly a key attraction for her and in the early 00s she was building a good following.
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