From the north side of Chicago, Country-Pop / Americana singer-songwriter, Dana Marie is turning up the volume on radios all across the globe. Fans describe her as a mix between “country Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini” and her songs as “hopeful, authentic, soulful, and feel-good.”
In 2015, Dana opened for country mega-star, Jana Kramer, after she won a spot in The Big 95.5’s The Next Big Thing contest. Shortly thereafter, Dana moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her career in music more seriously.
While in Nashville, Dana wrote, recorded and released her debut EP album, “Holding Onto Hope.” She performed full time with the Dana Marie Band, up and down the famed honky-tonks of Lower Broadway.
For many reasons, Dana took a year break from pursuing music professionally. During that time, Dana married the man of her dreams, Tanner. They moved back to Chicago to be close to family, adopted a golden retriever named Nash, and Dana began an encouraging online community and podcast for women that you can find at thehopecollectivepodcast.com.
Currently, Dana is writing working on a new EP album that she plans to release in 2019. Influenced by the work of Americana singer-songwriters such as Lori McKenna, Emmylou Harris, and Heather Morgan, her heart for this project is to tell real stories - ones that aren’t always easy to tell. Each song is vulnerable, authentic, filled with meaning, and from the depths of her heart. Dana’s greatest hope is that listening to it will make you feel less alone. Expect the new album to release early 2019.
Dana is passionate about using her platform to encourage her fans to find hope in the least expected places, to feel less alone, and inspire them to go after the dreams that were placed in their own hearts. She believes, to her core, that those dreams were put there for a reason.