DANA JEAN PHOENIX
THE FIRST LADY OF NUFUNK
'"Dana Jean Phoenix has reinvented pop, R&B, jazz, electronica and soul. A leader in her genre, she is an unstoppable force of nature eager to snag listeners off of the first beat."
- Carrie Humphries, Indie Seen, Echo Weekly
"If you're looking for a hot up and coming group to rip the roof off of your club, just give Dana Jean Phoenix a call. Catchy hooks and great beats, Dana Jean and her crew will definitely bring the party to you!" -- Paul Maxwell, Maxwell's Music House, Waterloo
Dana Jean Phoenix has spent the last few years building a solid musical foundation in becoming 'The First Lady of NuFunk'. An actress and singer classically trained in musical theatre, Dana Jean Phoenix came to Toronto to study at the nationally renown Humber College Contemporary Music Program, where she studied Jazz. There she would go into the city to every open mic night she could find. "I would stay for hours just to get a chance at some stage time," says Dana Jean, who became known in Toronto's various musical circles. It was through these circles that the versatile R&B/Funk singer became a support vocalist UMAC nominee Melanie Durrant. "I would marvel at being in front of a crowd with an artist that had written their own material and new how to work a room," says Dana Jean, who then went on tour internationally as a singer for Canada's R&B queen, Juno winner Jully Black, and currently touring internationally with Juno nominated NuFunk collective God Made ME Funky.
"I'm blessed to have been on stage with the best," says Dana Jean, who has shared the stage with the likes of Sean Kingston, Fergie, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, Kardinal Offishall, Joe, Divine Brown, and Suzanne Vega. This lead to Dana's 2009 debut EP, 'Learning To Fight', which was nominated as 'Best Urban Artist' for the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Dana Jean's latest release, the sophomore EP, 'Phoenix Rising' is available now. The album represents Dana's further evolution into NuFunk -- the eclectic mix of electro, pop, rock, hip-hop and funk, and features guest appearances from: Juno Nominated MCs D-Sisive, and PHATT al (God Made ME Funky, Len); with production by: Slakah the Beatchild (Drake, Melanie Durrant), Andrew Thompson (Kardinal Offishall, Akon), and Danny Argyle (God Made ME Funky, Cory Lee).