The Back Story

Louis Anthony deLise was born in Philadelphia and from age five grew up in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He studied jazz drumming as a youngster and taught himself to play the piano by making up tunes and reading through fake books at the family spinet.

His formal studies in composition and orchestral percussion performance (he pursued a double major) began at Temple University in Philadelphia. During this time, deLise wrote for local Philadelphia television programs, achieved his first Billboard Magazine “Pick Hit” and studied composition at the Juilliard School in New York. After a twenty-year career as a performer, producer, and composer, deLise returned to his alma mater (now called, The Boyer College of Music and Dance), to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition.

deLise arranged and produced chart records for the J’s, and for John Gibbs and The Jam Band (TEC/CBS Records), including their hit, “J’Ouvert.” Also for TEC/CBS Records) deLise co-produced and composed the orchestral, rhythm and vocal arrangements William DeVaughn’s second hit album, Figures Can’t Calculate.

deLise founded the production music company, MusiCrafters, Inc., for which he composed and produced hundreds of pieces for advertising and broadcasting, including award-winning productions for PBS, ABC, CBS and major corporations, like McNeil Pharmaceutical, Bristol-Meyers/Squibb, Sunoco and DuPont.

He worked for many years as a percussionist and arranger in the symphony pops orchestra of pianist Peter Nero and gigged as a sideman in orchestras that accompanied Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett and many others.

deLise was arranger and conductor for Robert Hazard (writer of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”) and Grammy® winners Patti LaBelle and Halestorm in concert performances and recordings. He arranged and conducted on two albums for Miss LaBelle: Timeless Journey and her number one hit, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Additional songwriting and composing credits include albums and singles on the EMI, Vanguard, Def-Jam, Centaur and CBS record labels. His arranging and conducting work appears on albums alongside performances by many of the country’s top pop artists including, Carlos Santana, Sheila E., Wynonna Judd, Kanye West, CeCe Winans and Paul Shaffer.

Louis’ first album as featured artist, Natural Light achieved a top-ten chart position on the ZMR charts and was nominated as “Best Neoclassical Album” by the One World Music Awards in 2019. That same year, he was nominated as “Best New Artists” by ZMR. Natural Light included performances by Jeff Oster and Grammy-winner, Nancy Rumbel.

A composer of concert music for choirs and instrumentalists, deLise’s music is performed often and worldwide. His flute concerto, Salone del Astor, was named, “Best Newly Published Mixed Duet” by the National Flute Association. His concert music compositions are available in print from ALRY Publications and Metropolis Music Publishing.

He is the author of The Professional Songwriter, a textbook on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Dr. deLise has served on the faculties of The Boyer College Music and Dance, Rowan University, and Pennsylvania State University.