Louis Anthony deLise was born in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia and grew up in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania where his family moved when he was five. 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 percussion (he pursued a double major) began at Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. While an undergraduate, deLise wrote the theme for a local Philadelphia television program and achieved his first Billboard “Pick Hit.”
His concert music for choirs and instrumentalists is performed often and is available in print from Print Music Source, Metropolis Music Publishers and Alry Publications, LLC. He is the author of The Contemporary Minstrel: Songwriting, Recording and Making Money with Your Music, a textbook on songwriting.
Louis deLise was arranger and conductor for Robert Hazard (writer of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”) and Grammy winners Patti LaBelle and the rock band, Halestorm, in concert performances and recordings. For many years, he was an arranger for Grammy winner, Peter Nero’s Philly Pops orchestra. deLise has produced, arranged and conducted for pop and concert music recordings released on many labels, including EMI, Vanguard, Def-Jam, Centaur, SoulJazz, EM, BBE, Mercury and CBS records. He arranged and conducted for Patti LaBelle’s top 20 album, Timeless Journey and her number one hit, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle.
A dedicated educator, deLise has served on the faculties of The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Rowan University, and Pennsylvania State University. He frequently presents seminars on composition and on the intersection of art and commerce.
To contact Louis deLise directly: Louis@BocageMusic.com