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Desirée Roots

Desiree Roots is a singer/actor/dancer who has been showcasing her triple threat talent for over 35 years. Desirée received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from Virginia Union University. She studied voice with acclaimed soprano Dr. Karen Floyd-Savage for six years and performed with a variety of secular and sacred ensembles. Upon graduation she was given a scholarship to attend the 1st Annual Count Basie Orchestra Jazz Institute Workshop, conducted by renowned saxophonist/arranger/ composer Dr. Frank Foster, at Hampton University. She was also offered a Fellowship to attend the University of Michigan for graduate studies in musicology and performance.  

During the summer of 1994, she performed with the Starlight Orchestra at Busch Gardens USA in Williamsburg, VA. A CD of the orchestra featuring Desirée was released in 1996 to be sold at Busch Gardens theme parks throughout the U.S. She has also been the opening act for several internationally acclaimed jazz music greats and entertainers throughout her career including, B. B. King, Kenny Garrett, Bobby Watson, Art Porter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Les McCann, Shirley Horne, Leslie Uggams and Bill Cosby. This past holiday season, she was the guest vocalist with the Roanoke Symphony in Roanoke Virginia for their annual Holiday Pops Concert. In 2004, Desiree received the Theresa Pollack Prize for Excellence in the Arts as Best Vocalist in Virginia. Most recently Desiree was the guest vocalist with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra during their east coast tour.