Born and raised in Bermuda and Northampton, England, and with a cultural heritage that includes Africa, Europe and East Asia, Devaune Ratteray was exposed to many different genres of music growing up.
Devaune was also influenced by his parents’ record collection, including Michael and Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross.
“My first taste of ‘The Bug’ came when I was four years old and my parents entered me into a talent show,” says Devaune. “I sang ‘Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)’ and got a standing ovation. I’ve been on stage ever since, from school plays to violin recitals.”
“In a summer job as a hotel camp counsellor, I was spotted by visiting performers from Las Vegas who caught me singing to the children in the camp. From there I had the opportunity to study Performance and Dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.” There, Devaune perfected his skills further, performing in productions like ‘Annie’. In a review by Backstage.com Devaune was described “a bullet of a talent”.
Writing songs has always been a constant. “The first song I wrote, I composed with my violin... Every song I finish is a song, I can’t wait to perform. The stage is where I feel at home.
"The prospect of sharing my music will never cease to excite me.”
Devaune's new EP R.E.D. is out now.