Dee Daniels mixes together the influences of Sarah Vaughan, R&B, and gospel in her own appealing style. She started off singing in church as a child and also took piano lessons so she could play for the choirs of her stepfather's church. She earned an art degree from the University of Montana in 1970 and taught art in high school in Seattle. She also sang on the side, at first for the fun of it and then eventually six nights a week with a band that performed rock and R&B. In 1972 she quit her teaching job to concentrate exclusively on singing.