Australia: Tony Dee (aka Tony Doevendans) is a Brisbane-born artist who simply loves putting a smile on people’s faces (or sometimes a tear of nostalgia) with his swinging tunes and gentle love songs from the early jazz days to the 1950’s and beyond. His singing influences are Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole and Elvis Presley. Tony was born with Spina Bifida and as a result, is confined to a wheelchair but is actively passionate about living life to the fullest.
He was the Australian face and voice fronting the highly successful video campaign, “We’re the Superhumans”, which promoted the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The 3-minute video featured more than 140 people with disabilities, including Paralympic athletes, musicians and members of the public from all walks of life. The video trailer showcased Tony’s warm and affectionate voice as he performed a rendition of Sammy Davies Jnr’s track “Yes I Can.” The video has become one of UK broadcaster Channel 4’s most successful campaigns ever, viewed by millions around the world on YouTube and Facebook.
When not singing swing-era tunes, Tony loves to listen to classical music, old-time rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary or traditional gospel. In the past, he was involved in playing wheelchair basketball and wheelchair dancesport with his wife, Caroline (they were Australian Champions and part of the first team from Australia to compete internationally) and ten-pin bowling. For more on Tony, visit him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tonydeemusic
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