What is DEFOE?
How it all started…
Defoe was born in Southern California and grew up on the golden oldies from her fathers radio, classical music, and motion picture soundtracks. Patsy Cline, Connie Frances, The Beach Boys, the Beatles, and the Motown sound along with composers such as Ennio Morricone. That very JAYMAR piano you see in the photo shoot was given to her by her mother at age 2 and a half years old at a garage sale. Her parents were much older than typical parents so she grew up on the meat and potatoes of music. John defoe (Defoe’s father) saw that she had talent very young and Mr. and Mrs.’s Defoe helped groom her at a tender age. Bi-weekly voice lessons, piano lessons, and winning singing competitions. Her Sister in law was also a huge inspiration to Defoe making records of her own with her unique style and bold personality. Defoe began recording music at age 9.
At age 13 she made a record for the Philippines with the song ‘Bakit Ba Ganyan’ Following a country wide successful radio tour.
By the time she was 16 she was being groomed to become a country pop artist with a different name working with songwriters like Jeff Silbar (who wrote - Wind beneath my wings), and Nicole Renee. Working closely with Bruce sugar who works with the likes of Ringo Star, Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh just to name a few. Defoe was able to watch and ask questions with all the top studio musicians; Leland Sklar on bass (Carol King and Dolly Parton), Michael Bearden (former musical director for Michael Jackson and now Lady Gaga). Jim Cox on piano (Elton john, B. B. King). At a very young age was able to grow up fast and develop a higher standard of musical perfection. The project broke when she realized she couldn’t pretend to be something she was not, a country pop puppet.
Having lost a little of herself along the way, Defoe was then determined to discover who she was as an artist. She bought a Neumann TLM 103, some Bx8a M-audio speakers, a powerful computer, locked herself in her new studio for a few years. In her teens she started exploring the mysteries of music. Not interested in the typical things teenage girls were into she discovered many exotic instruments, the melodica, thumb pianos and even found use recording with child instruments and xylophones.
Age 23 Defoe moved to Los Angeles and began school at the Musician’s Institute for Music engineering to master her craft. Here she became fluent in the supernatural world of what we call Pro-Tools and other high end recording software. When one project was due for the week in class, she would turn in four, she was the top of her school. Through those years she loved helping other struggling artists with their music and helping them reach their full potential while working on crafting her music in the background.
By the time Defoe was 27 she had built a vast catalog of over one hundred songs ready to be shared with the world.
While working on an album with producer Lee Miles as a vocal editor she met Ronnie Winter, singer/songwriter of THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS. For a brief moment, she put her career on hold as they fell in love and traveled the world together while also being his guest vocalist. A year and a half after that they decided to get married and had a breath taking ceremony on Mount Baldy. Ronnie was impressed with Angela’s work and hired her on his next album “4” in 2014 as lead vocal engineer and thats when they created A and R productions. That project was finished and released successfully. Defoe was back at polishing what would soon become her debut full length LP. Just as she was starting to make some headway with editing the rough drafts she discovered (while on tour w/Ronnie In the Philippines) that she was pregnant!
Once again production was halted and it was all baby books and healthy living adjustments as to prepare for what was on the way. Nine months later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy she named Wolfgang after the great composer. After recovering from a complicated and dangerous labor, she used music to help her recover from almost losing her life to bring a new one into this world. Sometimes running the mixing board while breastfeeding. She was compelled to achieve balance with being a new Mom, a good wife and staying productive and true to her passion. After the success with his previous album Ronnie hired Angela to Co-Produce his next album so she once again hit the brakes on her album production and took the job. However, in 2017 before they could even start tracking she was offered another amazing opportunity! The Director Dylan Reynolds was a previous fan of her music having being her neighbor and hearing her work from across the hall on his cigarette breaks. He was eager to ask Defoe if she could add some music for his horror/slasher film. Facing being hired on at two great positions her husband Ronnie decided to push back his album to wait for her. She then started composing what later became the score to Dylan Reynolds’s motion Picture “420 Massacre” released 2018. In the span of two months she set up he studio in the babies play room grabbed her detuned viola and plastic recorder and made a remarkable critically acclaimed score.
After a month off THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS was gearing up to start their new album “The Awakening”. Ronnie Winter was so impressed with her engineering and musical ability that he asked her to Co-Produce the record with him. The work flow was seamless and the album was received very well the second single “On Becoming Willing” hitting 12 weeks at #1 on BILLBOARD Christian Rock Radio.
It was finally time to make the album. With encouragement from her husband Ronnie she found all her old hard drives and started sifting through her work. She found 7 strong songs and used 3 songs she made for the horror score. Carefully found some very talented studio musicians and crafted away. With all the knowledge she has built in the past and skills she has developed, she produced and created the album “Too Soon to Cry”. Having being a woman in a man’s field and balancing out motherhood she felt empowered. Living her life truly dowsed in creating music she couldn’t have been put in a better position.
“ Now that my album is finally coming to a close. I’ve been feeling blissfully reflective. All the painful things that has brought me strife in this journey thus far - I’m starting to see the purpose and even the necessities of them to get me to this point. I’m very proud of myself and wished that this little girl could see me now…
I think she would be more confidant in her choices.
I think she would be glowing with excitement to know that she would one day grow up to be a BAD ASS.”