What is DEFOE?
Defoe was born in Southern California and grew up on the golden oldies that played on her father's 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 informed her developing musical tastes. With the release of the cinematic new video for "Something's Happening", she is bringing those influences and more to bear as she takes her career to the next level.
Her parents recognized her potential talent at a very young age and supported that with Bi-weekly voice lessons and piano lessons, and she began recording her own music at age 9. In her teens Defoe started exploring new sounds and different aspects of recording – and she discovered many exotic instruments: the melodica, thumb pianos and even found use recording with child instruments and xylophones. She wanted to make music that was different from the norm, yet still accessible.
At 23 Defoe enrolled in the Musician’s Institute for Music in Hollywood, learning studio engineering to master her craft and further her recording career. 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. The two were wed in 2014. Love connection aside, Ronnie was impressed with Angela’s work and hired her as lead vocal engineer on The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus album “4”, and the two created their own creative entity A and R productions. Their son Wolfgang – named by the iconic composer Mozart - was born in 2015.
Defoe's career took a dramatic turn in 2017 when independent film director Dylan Reynolds heard her music, and asked her to score his motion Picture “420 Massacre”, which was released 2018. That same year she co-produced The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “The Awakening” with Ronnie. The album was critically acclaimed and the single “On Becoming Willing” spent 12 weeks at #1 on BILLBOARD Christian Rock Radio charts.
In July of 2019 Defoe released an album called “Too Soon to Cry”, which is an amalgamation of all her life stories, espoused from the perspective of a woman who has made her way and succeeded in the male-dominated field of studio engineering and recording. Being a woman in an area of music mostly dominated by men and balancing that with motherhood has led her to where she is today: bold, strong and empowered. After many years behind the scenes, she is ready to step into the spotlight and shine as a performer in her own right.