If asked when Dana Kelson’s music career began, her family would laugh and say, “with the song ‘Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog’.” In the Kelson household, that song was heard over and over again thanks to Dana who began singing it as a 2-year-old. Her love for music started at such a young age but only grew with time. From singing and dancing her heart out in the driveway to belting her favorite show tune, no one could ever get Dana to simply be quiet. As the years went by, she began taking voice lessons and participating in plays. While musical theater fueled her interest in performing, it was the jazz standard, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” that captured Dana’s attention. “I remember singing that song for the first time and thinking, this is what I’m supposed to do. Something clicked inside me that day, and it pushed me in the right direction,” she explains.
Dana pulled from her natural jazz bent as she developed her own soulful style. Although she has been compared to Joss Stone, Adele, and Duffy, Dana definitely adds her own personality to her music. When it comes to her original songs, she wholeheartedly puts her feelings on the line creating a welcoming and relatable atmosphere for every listener. Because she is naturally emotionally expressive and talkative, she really enjoys co-writing. “I love the connection & relationship between co-writers in a session. It helps me process my emotions, and it’s a pretty incredible experience,” Dana explains. Her songs capture emotions and experiences that everyone can understand while still managing to provide a fresh perspective. Between synchronized swimming and ballroom dancing, Dana’s always been performing. Her natural ability to tell a story in a captivating manner is apparent each time she steps up to the mic.
If she weren’t a singer, Dana would probably make a cookbook of healthy recipes, only the ones that turned out well, of course. A self-proclaimed foodie, she’s been experimenting in the kitchen since she was little and has developed a passion for nutrition. Dana explains “people always assume that when I say I eat healthy it means I’m dieting, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually eat healthy so I can eat as much food as possible. I love to eat.”
- Froyo topping: Fruit snacks! (& sprinkles, mochi, sour gummy worms, peanut m&m’s, & cookie dough bites.)
- Workout: Squats. Weighted, of course. Always working those glutes!
- RomCom: The Proposal.
- Guilty pleasure TV show: ‘Dates from Hell.’ It’s educational, right?
- Pickup line: “You look like a Brazilian volleyball player.” Last time I checked, Brazilians aren’t nearly as pale as I am.