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Free Library Exhibit Features A Harmonious Family

Dena Underwood plays the piano at a nursing home. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Dena Underwood plays the piano at a nursing home. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An exhibit now at the Central Branch of the Free Library focuses on 21 Philadelphia performers. Three share the same last name: Underwood.

Dena Underwood, 36, belts out jazz and gospel in a regular session for the residents of a nursing home, part of an eclectic schedule that includes some nightclub and restaurant work.

She says he discovered she shared the family gift for song at age 7, and obviously someone else has discovered that too, “I’m really honored to be part of such a variety of performers.”

Underwood says she tried the reality show route, “I auditioned for X-Factor but I didn’t make it. It was very daunting. It really wasn’t my kind of thing. I much prefer singing in venues like this and Tavern on Camac, where I have kind a rapport.”

Her grandfather was a musician and two sisters as well, but it’s her aunt and father who join her in the display cases at the library.

“My aunt, Veronica Underwood, who’s also in the exhibit, she also works here and sometimes she’ll sit in and sing with me. Also, my father, Gregory Underwood, I used to sing with his band a lot coming up and every now and again we’ll do gigs together.”

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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