Denise Donatelli is an American jazz vocalist who was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Donatelli grew up in a musical family, studying classical piano. She began playing piano at the age of three and won numerous awards in the National Federation of Music Club's yearly piano competitions. Fortunately, her love of jazz and passion for singing survived her 15 years of classical piano training. Setting her musical goals aside for marriage and family, Donatelli began singing again after relocating to Atlanta, Georgia.