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UK based spoken-word artist Denetta Copeland, known professionally as D3,  is a professional writer and musician with years' of experience in writing lyrics, poetry and prose. D3 is recognised for using unique lyrical approaches in rhyme as a form of storytelling. D3 writes and performs her own style of Ra-Poetry, whilst incorporating other genres into her sound, including; Hip Hop, House, Jungle and Drum’n’Bass and has performed her work across the UK over the past 11 years.

In 2015 Denetta took some time out to study Entertainment Management at Leeds Beckett University and achieved her Degree in 2018. Recently, D3 has performed at The Belgrave Music Hall, Punchbowl Festival and Leeds Carnival. She was head hunted by Lifeforce FM in 2006 and she presented the breakfast show until 2007 when she moved to East Leeds FM to produce and present her own show, 'Unsigned Talent'. 

D3 featured on BBC Radio Leeds Introducing in 2019 and she performed in the Live Lounge.

A former poet coach for the writing workshop group Leeds Young Authors, D3 accompanied her students to the Brave New Voices Annual Poetry Slam, an American-based spoken-word competition, which inspired her to further develop her lyrical skills. D3 credits these events for fine-tuning her talent, stating “I was blessed to be surrounded by so many talented people.”

As D3, Denetta strives to promote positive values through cut-throat delivery, supporting and performing for Mothers Against ViolenceAmnesty InternationalWomen’s Rights, and Love Music Hate Racism

Denetta was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000 and has refused medication, changing her lifestyle and dietary choices and maintaining a positive outlook in order to manage and live with her condition. She now speaks regularly to schools, college's, women's groups and multiple sclerosis sufferers about how she has overcome her illness in order to live a fulfilling life to the maximum.

D3 is releasing her debut album in 2024.


what people are saying about D3

In June 2017, I attended Denetta’s workshops on how to write your own rap song that was delivered as part of a literature festival, a funded community project at New Wortley community centre.

I had been a previous workshop on writing rap and I found Denetta’s methods for teaching were far more engaging. She has a unique way of encouraging people’s personal stories from them and building their confidence. I have dyslexia and other in the mixed group were vulnerable and had learning needs. Denetta responded with empathy and shared her own personal experiences, making us comfortable to share ours. Not only did I write a rap song, we all got up and performed it in a showcase night!

Being able to empower anyone to perform their own work is a very special thing.

— Emma Roberts, New Wortley Community Centre

D3 confidence from the moment she walked in the studio, and after watching her perform in the live lounge, I could see why. Her lyrical content and delivery are impeccable. Her received pronunciation allows you to hear every word, although her flow is fast.

I was very interested to learn about her work with the Leeds Young Authors and the U.S.A competitions they took part in, during the live interview. 

I already know and LOVE the Leeds based Hayshi band that D3 is also in. Denetta gave me hope that we will see them again soon..

Watch this space...

— Alan Raw, BBC Live Lounge
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