Sources include: Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Observer & Eccentric Media / Hometown Weeklies Livingston County Daily Press & Argus

CHIARAMONTE DENISE KATHERINE GRACE also professionally known as "Lady D," died quietly in her home in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, 2013. Denise was born on October 11, 1954 to Kenneth and Nadene (O'Moore) Martin at Brent Hospital in Detroit. She began her life-long career as a recording artist, composer, producer, author and publisher in 1967, when she moved to New York City to record her first studio album with Mercury Records, following her studies at The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She became a member of ASCAP (The American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) in 1971. Denise toured the United States extensively, living and working in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and Detroit. She performed at notable venues, such as The Fillmore and The Grande Ballroom, on several television programs and on numerous radio stations. In 1985, Denise formed Olive Branch Productions, which later became Pulsar Records and Productions and whose creed was, "Better music for the world." She was also the founder of Blue Dove Publishing, a company formed under which she promoted the visual and literary arts. A truly spiritual person, Denise was a member of the Integral Yoga Institute, studying under Sri Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan, for decades. She was also a long-time parishioner of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Anglican Episcopal) of Detroit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48201, or by visiting their website at Condolences may be made to her family by emailing them to Denise's interment was at White Chapel Memorial Park, 621 Long Lake Rd,Troy, MI

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george sheridan01/26/2013

in my thots and prayers. i read the obit this morning and im totally taken back by this sad news. you were always great and kind to me and a great musician. peace and love and rock on -gfs

Blake Ybarra01/26/2013

I remember waking up in the morning and seeing her practice and perfect her "chops" playing music everyday. She was an awesome aunt through and through. She was and still is many peoples inspiration. I was lucky to have such a talented musician in our family. It is very different after having her in my heart and mind. She was my mom's only sister and I feel that even though she was in a lot of pain from her illnesses; she remained clear headed and was a very thoughtful person. I was able to jam with her and it was more than I had expected. All of us miss her a lot.

Michelle Martin-Ybarra01/26/2013

Denise, my sister and I were only 14 months apart yet she always reminded me that she was my big sister. She had an inquisitive nature, always wanting to learn/read daily. We both traveled extensively and lived in many different places across the country and abroad and many times together. Denise had an infectious laugh that made you laugh even if you didn't get the humor. She was a strong woman who lived her life true to her values and convictions and died in the same manner. Her home was her castle, where she created her music, wrote her poetry and children's books and replied to her many fans on CDBaby and Reverb Nation. I still feel as if she will walk into the room and say something that will be so funny it will take me quite some time to stop laughing. She was kind but did not let others take advantage of her, she was spiritual and believed there is a higher place for all of us and most of all she was my sister whom I will always cherish.

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas02/05/2013

We were together for a time and it was a great time of growth for us both. I am sorry not to have you to speak with now. I wish you great peace and love n the higher planes. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas02/05/2013

We were together for a time and it was a great time of growth for us both. I am sorry not to have you to speak with now. I wish you great peace and love n the higher planes. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Chandran (Charles) Baber02/13/2013

I am shocked. Lady D was a good friend at the Yoga Institute in Detroit. She was my same age. I have fond memories of the wonderful person and musician she was. She was a free child enjoying life to the most.

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