"Love this artwork and we both LOVE the CD. So very professionally done, great songs, awesome singing, great production and arrangements, all wonderful" - Carter & Carter
Dana Hassall released her debut EP “See It Now” in January this year. She has an earthy acoustic sound and expresses herself with both voice and guitar through her original songs. Dana firmly believes her music should send a message and take the audience on a journey.
For Dana, “See It Now” holds a lot of meaning. She began singing when she was eight years old, entering a country music competition and from then on, all she wanted to do was play music. “I remember dancing around in the lounge room with my sister singing along to a Lee Kernaghan song. We would stand on stools doing actions and belting out the lyrics,” Dana says. “I grew up on a farm, isolated from most of my friends and music became the way I spent most of my time.”
Dana attended the Queensland Champion of Champions competition and was the junior songwriting champion in 2007, junior duet winner with her sister, Karli and junior songwriting champion in 2008 and in 2009 she competed as a senior in the duet and songwriting sections and took home the champion prizes in both.
Dana continued to play music throughout high school, doing gigs around the Toowoomba area and in her final year of school, music was as important to her as ever. It was during that time, however, that she met a string of people who tried to tear her down. One in particular constantly told her that she didn’t have what it took to be successful as a musician. As much as she didn’t want to, Dana started to believe it herself, until she almost gave up music altogether. Dana continued to write songs and over time she came to realize that she didn’t need the approval of those who didn’t support her.
It was through this experience that See It Now was written. “I got the inspiration for See It Now when I was talking to my sister about one of her friends. He wanted to go to an arts school and his father refused to support him,” Dana explains. “I didn’t realize until some time afterwards that the song was about me as well.”
From then on Dana spent most of her time writing songs and doing gigs. In 2011 Matt Fell, record producer with Love HZ Studio in Sydney, contacted her after hearing her music online. He offered to record a CD for Dana and she spent a week working with him. “It was really inspiring to see the songs come to life and see all the directions the songs could go in. Matt is a creative genius and it was incredible how he had a vision from the start and made it happen,” says Dana.
In 2012 Dana was accepted into the CMAA Academy of Country Music. She spent two weeks in Tamworth and says it was the best time of her life. “It was amazing to work with all the tutors and meet some life-long friends. In particular Tamara Stewart gave some excellent songwriting advice and Felicity Urquhart was really inspiring and pushed me to be more of an artist and experiment with my songs. I feel much freer creatively since she gave me that push,” Dana says.
"Dana Hassall has captured the perfect concoction of pop meddled with elements of modern country and folk music, harnessing a voice that is as smooth as it is addictive,” said Peter Woods, radio announcer from 102.7 FM Out of the Woods. “A young and gifted performer who undoubtedly knows how to communicate with her audience."
Dana recently released her first music video for the single See It Now, which she filmed with Michael Bryers. She is currently working towards releasing her next single from the EP and looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in the future.