BBH Presents...DANA HARPER


When Dana Harper reached high school, her choir teacher took special interest in her talent and as a result, Dana made all-state for four years straight and became the #1 tenor in Texas. She moved to New York to attend college and instantly began performing around the city. She graced the stage at Showtime at the Apollo, placed second on BET's 106 & Park and won MTV's Wild 'N Out Wednesday. Dana's star shined even brighter in 2016 when she was selected to perform on NBC's The Voice.

 

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DANA HARPER

 

How would you describe your musical style? Constantly evolving. More specifically, a blend of acoustic soul with jazz influences. I'm at a point in my creative proces where inspiration comes from so many directions. As I'm working on my new project, I'm making sure to hear and work with musicians and producers from every genre and style. 

 

Who inspires your music? The people who haven't heard my music yet inspire my music. One of the most magical moments I've experienced in my career thus far is receiving messages and comments from people in Brazil, Australia, even Paris who say they appreciate my sound. I want to continue to reach people from every corner of this Earth.

 

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When did you discover that you wanted to become a performer/artist? When I sang "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey from the movie "Prince of Egypt" in my 5th grade talent show. I was scared shitless but when I finished and came off of the stage I knew I had to do that again. I still have that feeling every time I perform; like your stomach is on fire but in the best way!!

 

When it comes to style, what would we find in your closet right now? A little bit of this and a little bit of that!! A little leather, a little lace, the occasional booty short, traditional Afrikan garb, lots of sneakers, not as many heels... but some. I honestly wear whatever feels right at the moment. 

 

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If you could choose an artist (here or passed) to perform with, who would be your selection? Michael Jackson. I don't know if there's ever been any other artist in my lifetime that has captured such a universal connection to people the way Michael did. I mean obviously Queen B, but Michael did it first. I would imagine that sharing a stage with him was otherworldly.

 

What has been a highlight on your musical journey so far? Being on The Voice was as amazing as anyone could imagine. Not just for the exposure, gaining an incredibly supportive new fan base, and being coached by some of the biggest names in the music industry. Also for the incredible souls I met throughout the process. The relationships that were cultivated during that experience could never be replaced.

 

What challenges have you faced? Overcoming insecurities. Believing in myself enough to keep going and not give up when things got difficult or didn't go as planned. I've had many times I thought things were going to go a different way; roadblocks and let downs are a part of the journey. Most things worth having don't come easy.

Advice to new artists just getting started? The moment you feel like this path isn't for you keep going. That's when the breakthrough usually happens. I auditioned three times for The Voice before I made it on the show and I ended up in the Top 20 out of 40,000 people who auditioned for the show.

What can we expect to see from you in 2017? Lots of gigs and festivals. Collabs with some fellow dope Dallas peeps and the release of my EP! 

 

See Dana Harper at Beats By Her Live! Grab your tickets HERE.