Dana, who was born in Brooklyn, was at a party, singing around the piano with a group of friends, when the jazz pianist asked if she had ever considered a career as a singer.
It was a pivotal moment. While she had enjoyed all of her regional music theater roles, including The Countess in "A Little Night Music" and The Baker's Wife in "Into The Woods", she had not considered the prospect of singing jazz. After becoming familiar with the songbooks, Dana immediately fell in love with them, admiring the songwriting talents and performance gifts of all the greats.
The journey then took her from "house vocalist" with several bands at different venues, to creating her own quartet. Soon , there were many audiences and opportunities for Dana to share the music that had become so important in her life.
Along the way, Dana met and worked with many wonderful musicians, and was encouraged by pianist Rob Roman to try writing her own songs. She found this new role of singer/songwriter very exciting, and a good fit.
Dana is currently releasing her album "So Unexpected". It features eight original songs, each with a different vibe, and is the result of a collaboration with renown pianist/arranger/composer Vinnie Martucci. A track from the album, "Music's What You Do" has already been selected as a performance piece for jazz students at major universities.
The title, "So Unexpected", references the serendipity of life, which is a big part of Dana's musical path. From being featured as a new rising artist in the book "Sinatra Singing"( Richard Grudens) ,to all the performances, people , and venues, ( including singing the Canadian National Anthem on ESPN at the National Baseball Hall of Fame inductions ceremony), the road is an exciting one.
There will be many more songs to write!