A little about Dana...
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Living in Northern Alberta doesn't isolate or hold back this country/folk/pop performing songwriter. Since 2001, Dana Blayone has found her calling for creating music and lyrics, and to date, she has made music her full time job. Growing up on country music, Dana knows her roots are in the classics, and that is what has given her a strong foundation in songwriting. It's her sense of adventure and keen desire to always learn more, keeps her seeking for new sounds, mixed genres, and strong lyrics.
Living in the majestic beauty and vast space of the Peace Region, it's been necessary for Dana to use her creative abilities to find other songwriters and artists to write with. From Skype writing and hitting the road on songwriting tours, she is always finding new opportunities to co-write.
In the past 10 years, Dana has put a couple of Nashville songwriting trips under her belt, as well as annually attending Canadian Country Music Week, and the Western Canadian Music Alliance Breakout West Conference. These conferences have been a vital source of networking and creating relationships with other songwriters and artists. She has orgnaized song camps as well as also participated in the SOCAN SongHouse Songwriting Camp in Regina in 2016. Dana has had the pleasure of writing with many artists and songwriters across Canada and in Nashville resulting in songs released with Canadian artists: Tenille, Duane Steele, Jay Semko, and David Leask . She is also working with Gil Grande in Nashville on pitching songs to major and indies labels south of the Canadian border.
A bit of her musical projects....
Dana has been a core member of the No Limitz Band since inception. Performing as a five piece band from 2005-2013, and then an acoustic duo from 2014-2016, Dana played rhythm guitar and sang background and lead vocals. No Limitz has had the pleasure to open for Johnny Reid, Duane Steele, The Good Brothers, Doug and the Slugs, and many other incredible artists at festivals and events throughout Northern Alberta.
Dana and her bandmate Sherry Crawford were the creators and hosts of the The SongRise Music Conference held in Peace River, AB for nine years and Red Deer, AB for two years. They have helped groom and educate over 300 artists and songwriters on their musical journeys.
Bringing music into people’s lives of all ages, Dana also teaches guitar throughout the year in her home and also at a summer guitar camp for the past 12 years. She also continually loves to learn new instruments and recording programs.
Hosting house concerts for artist friends that come and book writing sessions in her home, and hosting songwriters stage or open mic's at a local venue is how Dana continues to support artists and songwriters and keep's herself performing and networking while sharing her songs.
On top of it all, she is a mother of two awesome teenagers, a wife to an incredible man for over 25 years.
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