Deena Shoshkes' songwriting has been called "direct and artful," by the New York Times. Her voice has been described as "incredible: kidstuff and wisdom merged," by the Village Voice. "The more I hear of her vivid sweetness, the more sexy and unprecedented it seems," said legendary critic Robert Christgau. Her songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne, Valerie Carter, Dar Williams, Jonatha Br... [More]ooke, and her recordings have been included in several feature film soundtracks and on NBC, HBO, MTV and DSC.
Longtime lead singer, guitar player and front person for the alternative pop band the Cucumbers, Deena also fronts her own band Deena and The Laughing Boys. "Somewhere in Blue" her most recent CD received airplay around the world and rave reviews.
The Cucumbers, based in Hoboken, NJ, were formed by Deena with her husband and co-writer Jon Fried, found a home in the independent pop scene. Their very first song, "My Boyfriend" became a hit on the college radio charts, leading to national tours, videos on MTV, reviews in Rolling Stone, People Magazine and other national media. Singer-songwriters with rock and roll energy, their charming blend of 80s new wave, 70s folk rock and 60s girl group pop stylings won them fans wherever they traveled.
Additional projects include 2010's "Songs of the Spectrum" a "moving" (Boston Globe) and "terrific" (No Depression) autism awareness/benefit cd, "Over The Moon," one of the groundbreaking original rock and roll bands for children, and "Love & Sex & Rock & Roll," indie-dance-pop-electronica songs by RockDownbaby which are included on several soundtracks including shows on MTV and HBO.