DENISE SPANN MORGAN
ACTRESS, SINGER, PHILANTHROPIST & JOURNALIST is a member of
AEA, AFTRA, SAG, AGVA, AGMA.
Denise is known throughout the world for her 'full throttle' vocals as the lead singer of 'Motown's first million selling 'Girl Group'; The marvelous, MARVELETTES – and for her roles in numerous Broadway shows, movies, television and her unmistakable voice on commercials! In the heart of New York City's entertainment district, Denise was the star attraction for a solid 104 weeks at B.B. King's Night Club on 42nd Street front and center as a lead singer of the world famous HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR! No less marvelous without THE MARVELETTES, Denise divides a busy career between her much sought after groups,' THE DIVA DYNASTY' & 'THE SECOND COMING' and producing her self-penned musical, 'I NEVER WORKED FOR MOTOWN'!
This unabashedly versatile performer handles a repertoire of R & B, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, and even Country music! For Denise, a highlight of her career was standing center stage at the Grand Ole Opry (becoming the first African American woman to do so) performing a duet of 'You were Always on My Mind' with Willie Nelson! Other exciting times for Denise, were recording with such greats as the late, gospel giant, Rev. James Cleveland, Kurtis Blow, Run DMC. Performances with: Cissy and Whitney Houston, her good friends, Mary Wells, Della Reese, Patti LaBelle, Ashford & Simpson and the Temptations, (recently at the Paris hotel on the Las Vegas strip). Her stellar vocals are very much in demand in concerts alongside AMERICAN IDOL winner, Fantasia, the forever soulful Al Green, Rod Steward, Jane Fonda, Maxine Brown, Ben E. King Chuck Jackson and the incredible Blues legend, Bonnie Raitt. Before taking on a career in secular music, theater, and movies, Denise honed her fabulous four octave soprano voice beginning in the church choir at the age of three. Denise also has hit gospel records with Bishop Nathaniel Townsley Jr. and the St. Marks Gospel Ensemble and had four number one Gospel albums with the Timothy Wright Concert Choir!
Denise has had 'command performances' before the Queen of England, Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and represented the United States Consulate in concert at the United States Ambassador’s Ball in Copenhagen, Denmark and before former South African President Nelson Mandela. Denise's incredible gift for 'filling a house, packed theaters with a 10 week, 53 city tour of the 'Hoagy Carmichael 'Stardust Centennial' Celebration' – which culminated in sold out performances at New York's Town Hall.
Denise has starred at Ford’s Theater in productions of; SHIELA’S DAY, AMERICAN JUKEBOX and AMEN CORNER and she starred at The Kennedy Center in 'QUEENIE PIE' and SHIELA’S DAY. Both shows were also presented at The American Music Theater Festival. Other credits include: THE WIZ', 'DREAM GIRLS', 'LION KING', 'SHOWBOAT', ‘YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD, (in which she appeared with the legendary Teddy Pendergrass). Kennedy Center and the American Musical Theater Festival and went on to Broadway! Denise starred as Blues Empress, Bessie Smith in 'MISS WATERS, TO YOU’, ‘BLACK BEAUTIES and as Aretha in a nine year run of ‘AMERICAN JUKEBOX’, other credits include tours of the hit Broadway musical, 'YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD' She was Sister Carrie in ‘MAMMA, I WANT TO SING’.
In Japan, Denise is the star of two Japanese-speaking movies-entitled ‘A SONG FOR THE U.S.A.’ (parts I & II) - the movies were filmed in New York, Tokyo and Osaka! For Woody King, (Director of the New Federal Theater).
Denise opened the show for Sarah Vaughn at CARNEGIE HALL and performed solo shows at LINCOLN CENTER, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (opening for Chaka Kahn) and the UNITED NATIONS for their Annual Black Tie Ball as well as many star turns at the world famous APOLLO THEATER.
With guest appearances on ‘The OPRAH WINFREY SHOW', ‘GOOD MORNING HOUSTON’ and 'ATLANTA @ NOON’, Denise's TV work also included roles on the NBC drama 'Homicide, Life On the Streets' and PBS specials with the great actor, James Earl Jones, and ‘CBS SUNDAY MORNING' where Charles Osgood highlighted Denise's work in Japan with Japanese Gospel singers in Tokyo and Osaka who travel to the U.S. to study with her. In the nation's capital, Denise had her own radio show entitled 'DIVA WITH THE 411' on the number one station, WPGC with MICHELLE WRIGHT AND DONNIE SIMPSON where she would surprise her show business friends by waking them up with early morning phone calls to speak with Denise live on the 'morning drive' show.
In 1989, a longtime dream of Denise and Sheba Brown’s came true when their untiring work with inner-city teens came to the attention of the 'D.C. Commission on the Arts' when they were granted annual funding for 'THE DIVA DYNASTY PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE'. Denise has written two books, 'SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD', 'WWW, HOOK ME UP JESUS.COM' and the incredible stage musical revue, 'I NEVER WORKED FOR MOTOWN' (which is now in rehearsals with an outstanding cast of R & B legends, Maxine Brown, Justine 'Baby ' Washington, The Delfonics, Betty Wright (the 'Clean Up Woman'), Darlene Love, Tony Award winner, Lillias White, recording artist and R & B Award nominee, Alyson Williams and a supporting cast of the best singers in the business.
PATRICIA PEERZADA (SAHARAH)
from Washington, D.C., and an alumnus of both Howard University and The
Rhode Island School of Design, Patricia Peerzada maintains a private
studio in Glenn Dale, Maryland where she designs wardrobes and gowns for
private clients. She shows her line to wholesale buyers and designs
costumes for performers such as "Sweet Honey in the Rock" and theatrical
productions, most recently "Dreamgirls", and special projects for
Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and other organizations.
Patricia's love for creating one-of-a-kind wearable art clothing
led her to seek control of not only her clothing shapes but the prints
as well. Block printing using hand carved wooden blocks to apply the
pattern became her chosen medium. Patricia selects the designs for the
blocks from traditional sources around the world. She "paints" with the
blocks often using rigid repeat patterns or non-symmetrical random
The line has been carried in stores such as Nordstrom, Toast and
Strawberries and Kine Bis in the D.C. area and others throughout the
country. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers
internationally including The Washington Post, Ebony, Upscale, Dubai
Times, Pakistani Glamour, Essence and the bookThreads of Time the
Fabric of History by R.Reed-Miller.
WANDA KAREN WHITAKER
a young child, born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan Area,
and currently resides in the coastal area of Pacifica, California. Wanda's mother noticed her talent early on and placed her in community art
classes. One of her most memorable moments was viewing the Mona Lisa by
Leonardo ad Vinci at the National Gallery of Art which inspired by her
to paint. Later she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in Communications
and minored in Art Studio.
background covers over twenty-five years of media sales, cause-related
marketing experience and event production. Additionally, Ms. Whitaker
co-founded "Inner-City Inner-Beauty Productions" in Washington, DC at
the age of 21 and The SF Ms. Juneteenth Inner-Beauty Pageant in San
Francisco. She has worked with many nonprofit organizations as a
volunteer and employee servicing the socially and economically
challenged including working as a counselor at Charilla group homes in
San Francisco, California and the Independent Living Skills program for
at-risk youth. She won the Volunteer of the Year award for YWCA’s
“Girl’s Mean Business” Program and served on the board of La Casa de las
Madres, a shelter for battered women and their children.
Whitaker is a certified Hypnotherapist having completed clinical and
advanced courses at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy. Additionally
she is certified in several other modalities such as energy and
emotional healing including the completion of a Mastery course on
eliminating interference patterns of DNA. She conducts workshops and
teaches classes about self-discovery and exploration often incorporating
science and using the symbolism in her art work as a way to educate
participants. Her experience with socially challenged youth and women
propelled her to launch Indigo Unlimited LLC in 2006, an umbrella of
spiritual and personal development services and products and Anchored in
Spirit in 2008. The ventures are designed to empower individuals to
reach their highest potential through promoting self-improvement,
self-confidence, self-discovery and spiritual awareness.
As a visionary and visual artist who delights in putting
manifestation into action, she created Indigo Unlimited, LLC and
Anchored in Spirit. Both enterprises utilize visual art and arts
communication as a way to promote healing, self-discovery and self
awareness. One of her deepest passions and part of her life purpose is
promoting brotherhood and awakening one to perceive their lives from a
more spiritual perspective. She has visited over 30 different
destinations around the world which has broadened her perspective of the
dynamics of culture and politics. You will see in most of her work a
depiction of religion, mysticism, sacred icons and natural elements with
an integration of realism and symbolism. She is influenced by Leonardo
da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Alex Grey and Una White.