Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting To Know Nancy

Nancy De Jesus

Artistic Biography      

Born: July 10th, 1959
Northampton, Pa.

Nancy largely credits her lifelong passion and talent for the arts to her mother, Pat, a music teacher and professional singer.

She began her musical training in classical piano at the age of 7 under the late Beatrice Gougher, a Julliard School of Music graduate.  She competed annually as a gold cup performer in the National Federation of American Music Clubs until age 15.

At the age of 16 her interests turned to the stage when she landed her first major dramatic role as Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker (the straight version of Hello Dolly).  As a teen, her passion for the performing arts flourished under the instruction of talented teacher and mentor, Joan Schneider. Nancy performed the role of Fatima in The Boys From Syracuse with the Pocono Players, a theatre troupe in the Pocono resort area of Pennsylvania.  In 1987, she became a founding member of The Coventry Players (Montgomery County, Pa.) and performed several dramatic roles with that company including Pam in Rich is Better and Jan in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight. 

In 1996 she was offered 3 roles in the television series, Medical Detectives (now broadcast as Forensic Files) on The Learning Channel (TLC) including the pilot episode, Magic Bullet. 

Following the completion of graduate studies in 1997 she began writing short stories and published her first non-fiction piece in New Works Review, an online magazine.  She went on to publish her first fiction novel, Cultivating Daughters (Authorhouse Publications, Bloomington, Indiana) in 2000.

She began the writing of her second novel when her friend, George Calderone invited her to begin singing duets with him in 2003.  Through his membership with a professional vocal harmony group, George would eventually lead her to the musical group DESIRE, first as a fan, then as a guest performer.  She was officially invited to join the group in 2011 following a dynamic performance with the group at Brookside Country Club in PA.  Over the next several years she and the group performed at such venues as Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, Lead East and were hand-picked by Jay Leno as his opening act in 2012 at the Sands Casino and Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa.  She currently sings with her husband Jaime DeJesus and Lou Benito in the group DeJESUS INSPIRES. They released their first CD, "Echoes of Harlem" in Nov, 2018.

Nancy graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School, PA.  She earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University in Pa.  Besides her personally rewarding and successful career of more than 40 years in human services, she has tremendously enjoyed helping people with special needs in the field of behavioral health and developmental disabilities.  She has volunteered as a Big Sister for 9 years and as a member of the Lehigh Valley Red Cross.

Nancy enjoys gardening, gourmet cooking and caring for Windsor, her Maltese. She has many loving memories of her two Bichon Frise dogs, Maxwell and Brigitte, who have passed on.  She’s also the proud stepmom of Shannon and 3 grandchildren. 

She credits her joy and success in life to her abiding faith in God, her husband Jaime, her Mom & Dad, her family and all those who love and support her.