Desirée Roots has been showcasing her triple threat talent for more than 35yrs in her hometown of Richmond, VA as well as regionally. She has traveled extensively throughout the East Coast performing with a plethora of singing groups. She performs regularly in theatrical productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and studios, as well as
Desirée Roots has been showcasing her triple threat talent for more than 35yrs in her hometown of Richmond, VA as well as regionally. She has traveled extensively throughout the East Coast performing with a plethora of singing groups. She performs regularly in theatrical productions, concerts, festivals, workshops and studios, as well as operatic, R&B, gospel and jazz genres. Her versatility within different genres of music keeps her busy, however her favorites are classical, gospel and Jazz!! Desirée grew up in a musical family and continues to carry the torch. Her long awaited CD entitled "Don't Ever Stop Dreaming" has gained airplay and accolades from the USA to Europe and Brazil. For the past few years in her hometown, she has been holding down the leading lady spots in theatre from Sofia in "The Color Purple" to Vera Charles in "Mame". in 2015, she won the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award of "Best Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of Caroline in the mini operetta "Caroline or Change"! And, in the summer of 2016, she wowed audiences in Virginia Repertory Theatre's box office sellout "DREAMGIRLS" as the lead character Effie White. The summer of 2019 she was fortunate to return to the show that started it all, "The Wiz" and she played three roles; Auntie Em, Addaperle and Evilene.
Other favorite roles have been: Sister Hubert in "Nunsense"; "Crowns"; Narrator and Diana Ross in "Beehive - The 60's Musical"; Aldonza in "Man of LaMancha"; TiMoune in "Once On This Island"; Dorothy in "The Wiz". Desirée was also featured in a one-woman production, in which she wrote, entitled "Songs of Bessie Smith" and had the Nell Carter role in "Ain't Misbehavin" at Porthouse Theatre in Kent Ohio. Desiree has been a guest performer with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and, has been honored to share the stage with music giants such as Grammy Award Winning Blues Guitarist Buddy Guy, Jazz Saxophonist Gerald Albright, the late saxophonist Art Porter, and the late great Blues Giant BB King . Her vocal styling can be heard on regional and national ad campaigns as well as several episodes of "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World". A graduate of Virginia Union University with a concentration in Performance and Education, Desirée has shared the stage and/or been the opening act for many renowned artists, including Kenny Garrett, Bobby Watson, the late Phyllis Hyman, Shirley Horne, Boney James and Brian McKnight . In 2004, Desiree received the Theresa Pollack Prize for Excellence in the Arts as Best Vocalist in Virginia. Her latest project, "Forever Ella", in which she wrote, is a production featuring a 14 piece orchestra and artist portraying Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.
My favorite work is WHATEVER I am doing at the moment. Whether I am acting in a play, singing in a musical or fronting my own jazz ensemble. I am blessed to do what I do and I'm grateful and fulfilled in all genres I'm fortunate to perform in.
Today presents performance challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as Nina Simone pinned "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good"! Feeling good is being able to do what I love and delivering it however possible, be it virtually or live!!