July 23, 2016

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Teenage singer-songwriter performs at House of Blues

Deanna Drockton, a student at the Medina County Career Center, has been studying hard to improving her songwriting skills. On Sunday night, she got to showcase her talent at Cleveland’s House of Blues.

“I’ve been singing my entire life,” the 16-year-old junior said. “My dad was a singer and it’s been something I’ve always been interested in.”

Deanna’s father, Dan Drockton, owned the Karaoke Company on Medina’s Public Square and played in a band.

Deanna wrote her first song when she was in sixth grade. A classmate named Jordan died and students and staff at A.I. Root Middle School were encouraged to write poetry or songs to remember her.

“I knew her my whole life, and I went home wrote a piano song and I gave it to my teacher,” she said.
Her entire class performed the song Deanna wrote.

“It meant a lot that so many people could hear it and feel what I was feeling,” she said. “We were all in it together. It was nice to have something to remember her by.”

Since then, Deanna has written songs about her life experiences.

“When things get confusing I write songs,” she said. “Last year I wrote a song called “Don’t Give Up” because there were a lot of (teen) suicides and it hit me really hard.

“The only thing I could think to do was to write a song.”

Deanna said she writes often, but doesn’t always turn her musings into song.

“I write a lot — not necessarily songs. I just keep it all and if I can turn it into a song I do,” she said.

Deanna plays keyboard and ukulele, but the guitar is her main instrument. She’s been taking lessons for three years now, hoping to improve her skills.

She created a six-song CD titled “Run with Me” and she’s hoping to find more opportunities to play.

On Sunday, she performed at the House of Blues at a showcase for music label representatives. Students in her video production class at the Career Center accompanied her and taped the performance to make a music video.

“I’ve performed before but mostly smaller venues,” she said. “I’m going to have family and friends there so that’s good.”

Deanna performed songs called “Silence” and “Let Me Go.”

After her performances, one of the judges at the event chatted with her for a few minutes.

“He told me he liked my tone, and said never give up to always keep working at it,” she said. They also suggested she consider collaborating with other songwriters.

“He’s going to send me some information on how I can get involved with other songwriters,” she said.

“That’s something I’d be interested in doing.”

You can find her music online by searching for Deanna Carmela Drockton at www.jango.com.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or at lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.