Adriel Denae

Appleton, WI

Adriel Denae grew up in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago and is creating a life of exploration through music. Her childhood was spent a few blocks from the Green Mill Lounge, Aragon Ballroom and Uptown Theater and within a philanthropic, musical family and community. Gospel, jazz, folk, blues and the sounds of a uniquely diverse neighborhood permeated her surroundings and pointed her sensibilities toward timelessness and mystery. After a short stint studying mathematics, Denae began touring and performing in various groups, most recently and for the longest period, with partner Cory Chisel. In early 2014, she embarked on her first solo venture, recording with Norah Jones as her producer. Shortly after completion, a surprising twist brought her first child and a new project of stewardship in Northeast Wisconsin.

Shifting focus for the last few years, Denae learned to care for an 80-year-old former monastery on 11 acres of land while also forming an Arts Foundation to support artist residencies in the space. Taking her cue from the cyclical nature of growth, her debut solo release will bloom in 9 stages, with the first in late February 2018. It will incorporate films made in collaboration with emerging artists in the place she now cares for.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Saturday August 3rd from 8:45 PM - 9:35 PM at OuterEdge - MAIN STAGE