Damhnait Doyle

Damhnait Doyle

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

damhnait’s charisma translates dramatically as a songwriter, performer and award-winning recording artist . . . her sophisticated and riveting vocals accent the mature and powerful writing of a dynamic and innovative talent . . . emotional and intelligent . . .

Biography

damhnait’s latest cd, “Lights Down Low,” is a spectacular showcase for “dav, the vocal powerhouse” ... not to be confused with “dav, the songwriter,” “dav, the budding director,” or any of her other multiple-threat incarnations. Although we haven’t officially seen her dance yet (and she assures us we never will), the fancy footwork required to pull off a new recording while working with Kim Stockwood as Shaye, writing in Nashville and Toronto, and continuing her weekly column for “The Telegram” is certainly worthy of honourable mention.

“Lights Down Low,” is stellar collection of cover tunes which may appear randomly diverse at first read -- Joy Division, ABBA, Bob Marley, The Clash -- but dav’s intensity and the musical ingenuity of her partner in the project, Danny Michel, create a disc that feels like a natural whole. dav explores every facet of her voice and reveals depths of tenderness and passion. She and Danny play with rhythms and arrangements that honour proven hits with fresh perspectives and a true love for the music. dav refers to the cd as “the perfect dinner party record” in its eclectic representation of musical genres and eras.

damhnait’s career is charging ahead on every level as she continues to explore a variety of creative outlets. In addition to her recent solo project, dav and Kim toured throughout 2007 to promote Shaye’s latest cd, “Lake of Fire.” The title track soared to #13 on the A/C charts and “You’re Not Alone” followed with similar success. The girls also shot a very well received 4-part reality/documentary television series with Global which featured an authentic, unscripted and sometimes hysterical glimpse behind the entertainment curtain. The show follows the girls as they promote “Lake Of Fire” which built on the momentum established by two huge radio hits from the first cd, “The bridge.” (“Happy Baby” and “Beauty” both shot instantly into the Top Twenty on the A/C charts and “Happy Baby” earned a SOCAN Award, A Canadian Radio Music Award and a Juno nomination.) Shaye’s self-titled show aired initially on the E! network and was picked up later in the fall and aired on CMT.

Whether with Shaye or performing solo, damhnait has toured Canada extensively, opening for legends like Willie Nelson and sharing the stage as special guest with such artists as Nelly Furtado, Dido and Jann Arden. With Shaye, she has represented Canada at Japan’s 2005 Expo and has performed on Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. On her own, dav has travelled to Kandahar twice to perform for Canadian forces personnel, initially as part of a CBC Christmas television special and subsequently as a guest of General Rick Hillier. She also journeyed to Africa to contribute her talents to the documentary The Song for Africa, a project aimed at raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic in Africa among Canada’s youth. Her insightful and humorous recounting of her experiences is what prompted the publication of her first book, “Miscellaneous Female.”

damhnait dedicates a significant amount of time and energy to co-writing efforts which have paid off with covers by Brian Melo, Eva Avila, Rex Goudie and Alexz Johnson, as well as multiple television and film placements. Never one to stray far from a microphone, dav has guested on recordings with Bruce Cockburn, Kevin Parent and Justin Nozuka to name just a few. Her previous solo effort “dav-net” was a sophisticated, acoustic, roots/rock recording, with mature, powerful writing. “dav-net” garnered two 2004 East Coast Music Awards for Female and Pop/Rock Recording of the year and dav placed as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for her song, “Afterglow.”

From writing and performing, to directing a video or writing a weekly newspaper column, doyle seems to be tapped into an endless font of creative energy. Who knows where that massive talent and insatiable curiousity will lead her next, but just for tonight, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn the Lights Down Low and enjoy.

dynamic and innovative . . . emotional and intelligent . . .

awards & achievements
2009 ECMA Nomination Pop Recording of the Year
ECMA Nomination FACTOR Recording of the Year

2008 Music NL Nomination Female Artist of the Year (Lights Down Low)
ECMA Nomination Pop Recording of the Year (Shaye/ Lake of Fire)
2008 ECMA Nomination Single of the Year (Lake of Fire)

2005 SOCAN AWARD SOCAN Pop Music Award (Shaye/ Happy Baby)
ECMA Nomination Album of the Year (Shaye/ The Bridge)
ECMA Nomination Group of the Year (Shaye)
ECMA Nomination Pop Recording of the Year (Shaye/ The Bridge)
ECMA Nomination Songwriter of the Year (Happy Baby)
ECMA Nomination Single of the Year (Happy Baby)

2004 ECMA AWARD Female Artist of the Year (davnet)
ECMA AWARD Pop/Rock Recording of the Year (davnet)
ECMA Nomination Single of the Year (Another California Song)
ECMA Nomination Songwriter of the Year (Another California Song)
Canadian Radio Mus

Lyrics

I Owe It All To You

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/Adam Messinger/ Jim Guthrie/ Alonzo

Relentless heat of the desert sun
The weight of the city surrounding our home
So far away but not so long ago
The taste of their burden is still on my tongue
Sweetest of songs from across the ocean
Carried us here and remind us how to love

Can you feel it in the drums
Now look how far we've come

[Chorus:]
Don't you know I owe it all to you
I take it with me in everything I do
It's true I do it all for you
And with this love we could never lose

The road is long and there's bumps on the way
Don't be discouraged by adversity
Believe in yourself no matter what they say
Around the world if you're near or far
The fire's in you no matter who you are
Go as far as you can, don't forget that you're a star

[Chorus:]
Don't you know I owe it all to you
I take it with me in everything I do
It's true I do it all for you
And with this love we could never lose

La la la la la la la la la la la oh oh oh
La la la la la la la la la la la oh oh oh

[Chorus:]
Don't you know I owe it all to you
I take it with me in everything I do
It's true I do it all for you
And with this love we could never lose

We could never lose
I owe it all to you
You, you
Oh oh oh, Oh oh oh oh

Say What You Will

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Aubrey Winfield

If I were to die today my life would be more then okay
For the time that I spent with you
Its like a dream come true

If this was a last goodbye
No more tears to dry
I would say it one more time
Its been more then fine

How could’ve known
How could’ve shown

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm

If you were to walk away
Know you couldn’t stay
Think of all the times we’ve had
All the good and bad

How could’ve known
How could’ve shown

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm

All the time that I was holding back
Just trying to protect myself
I want you to know
I loved you more then that

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm

Say what you will before its to late
Say what you will mmhmm (x2)

If I were to die today my life would be more then okay

Happy Baby

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean/ Jay Joyce

Standing in line at the grocery store / Reading magazines that say I should want more / There’s an old boyfriend he looks my way
I can’t help but smile I feel great today / In last nights clothes, no make up / Drinking my coffee from a paper cup
If this is it for me, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore / For what will make me happy, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore
So many places I’ll never see / But here and now is where I’d rather be / Too many people searching so hard /
But they never look right in their back yard / I’ve made mistakes that’s for sure / Ain’t that what your life is for
If this is it / For me, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore / For what will make me happy, baby / That’s just fine / I’m not lookin’ anymore
(More clothes, more cash, more things, more rings) / These lines upon my face / I’d be a fool to erase
(More love, more grace, more of what is real) / Cause they show my place in this world
If this is it…

Lake of Fire

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Kim Stockwood/ Tara MacLean/ Jay Joyce

Feet out the window, Open Sky
Slide on over to the other side
Midnight and the moon is lit
to the invisable lights and how you smile at me
not tomorrow or yesterday
this time i wanna lose my way

(Course)
Lets go swimming in a lake of fire
Turn the radio up if you wanna get higher
They say we will Never Learn
come on, come on, come on lets burn

Stealing the moment i dont know why
i dont need a reason or to justify
Temptation nearly down taking over
and the time is now dont care what they say
just trying to find our way
Course
Lets go swimming in a lake of fire
Turn the radio up if you wanna get higher
They say we will Never Learn
come on, come on, come on lets burn

Open Sky, Shooting star, nothing else but who we are
Open Sky, Shooting star, nothing else but who we are
Open Sky, Shooting star, nothing else but who we are
Open Sky, Shooting star, nothing else but who we are

Lets go swimming in a lake of fire
Turn the radio up if you wanna get higher
They say we will Never Learn
come on, come on, come on lets burn

Shooting star nothing else but who we are
Open Sky, Shooting star, nothing else but who we are

Another California Song

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Gordie Sampson

For a moment I believed
Once you came you'd never leave
Lay like that not long enough for me

You got the trackmarks of the trade
And every promise ever made
Swore that it would be the last for me

Does it give you a rush
To think that I want you so much

CH:
Said you were back to stay
Well I shoulda known better
Now you're half the way to California
Curled up on your side of the bed
Thinkin' bout things you never said
I would have followed you to California

Smoked me like a cigarette
Said that this won't hurt a bit
But you lied because it burned and it burned

Thanks alot for leaving town
I'm so high I can't come down
Makes me wonder if I'll ever learn

Does it give you a rush
To think that I want you so much

CH

Do you come back because you can
Am I just waiting for a ghost of a man?

Does it give you a rush
To think that I want you so much

Chorus Out...

Say What You Will

Written By: Damhnait Doyle/ Gordie Sampson

If I were to die today, my life would be more than ok
For the time I spent with you, is like a dream come true
If this was a last goodbye, no more tears to dry
I would say it one more time
It’s been more than fine

How could have known, how could have shown
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will

If you were to walk away, and know you couldn’t stay
Think of all the times we had
All the good and the bad

How could have known, how could have shown
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will

All the time that I was holding back
Just trying to protect myself
I want you to know I loved you more than that

Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will

Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will
Say what you will, before it’s too late
Say what you will

If I were to die today, my life would be more than ok

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Is This Love

Written By: Bob Marley

I wanna love you and treat you right;
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together with a roof right over our heads;
We'll share the shelter of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread.
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
I wanna know - wanna know - wanna know now!
I got to know - got to know - got to know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able,
So I throw my cards on your table!
I wanna love you - I wanna love and treat - love and treat you right;
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together, yeah! - with a roof right over our heads;
We'll share the shelter, yeah, oh now! - of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread.

Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Wo-o-o-oah! Oh yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!
Yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able,
So I throw my cards on your table!
See: I wanna love ya, I wanna love and treat ya -
love and treat ya right.
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together, with a roof right over our heads!
We'll share the shelter of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! Jah provide the bread.
We'll share the shelter of my single bed

More Than This

Written By: Brian Ferry

I could feel at the time
There was no way of knowing
Fallen leaves in the night
Who can say where there blowing
As free as the wind
And hopefully learning
Why the sea on the tide
Has no way of turning

More than this
There is nothing
Oh more than this
You tell me one thing
More than this
You know there's nothing

It was fun for a while
There was no way of knowing
Like a dream in the night
Who can say where were going
No care in the world
And maybe I am learning
Why the sea on the tide
It has no way of turning

More than this
You know there is nothing
Oh more than this
You tell me one thing
More than this
There is nothing
Nothing

More than this
You know there is nothing
Much more than this
You tell me one thing
More than this
There is nothing
More than

Bobcaygeon

Written By: Robert Baker, Gordon Sinclair, John Fay, Paul Langlois, Gordon Downie

I left your house this morning about a quarter after nine
Coulda been the Willie Nelson coulda been the wine
When I left your house this morning
It was a little after nine
It was in Bobcaygeon I saw the constellations
Reveal themselves one star at a time

Drove back to town this morning
With working on my mind
I thought of maybe quitting
Thought of leaving it behind
Went back to bed this morning
And as I'm pulling down the blind
The sky was dull and hypothetical
And falling one cloud at a time

That night in Toronto with its checkerboard floors
Riding on horseback and keeping order restored
Til the men they couldn't hang
Stepped to the mic and sang
And their voices rang with that Aryan twang

I got to your house this morning just a little after nine
In the middle of that riot
Couldn't get you off my mind
So I'm at your house this morning
Just a little after nine
Cause it was in Bobcaygeon where I saw the constellations
Reveal themselves one star at a time

Gimme Gimme

Written By: Anderson Benny Goran Bror and Ulvaeus Bjoern

Half past twelve
And I'm watching the late show in my flat all alone
How I hate to spend the evening on my own
Autumn winds
Blowing outside the window as I look around the room
And it makes me so depressed to see the gloom
There's not a soul out there
No one to hear my prayer

Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness to the break of the day

Movie stars
Find the end of the rainbow, with a fortune to win
It's so different from the world I'm living in
Tired of TV
I open the window and I gaze into the night
But there's nothing there to see, no one in sight
There's not a soul out there
No one to hear my prayer

Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness to the break of the day

Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight

There's not a soul out there
No one to hear my prayer

Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness to the break of the day
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness to the break of the day

Afterglow

Written By: damhnait doyle/ Gordie Sampson

nobody really wants this life,
no matter what they tell you, baby it's a lie
maybe i should just pack it in
grab my shit and not come back again

well heaven knows i've tried
it comes as no surprise

word gets around in this one horse town
It travels faster then the, speed of sound
they take ya down fast in this town
i was really hoping you would change your mind
if this is your idea of a valentine
then turn the lights down low
I don't want to watch you go
maybe I'm better off alone
in the afterglow

shining like a diamond on the hand of a bride
lonely as an angel in a Godless sky
I took my chances, I was mistaken
I didn't take the roads that I should have taken
but heaven knows i've tried
it comes as no surprise
there’s nothing left if me tonight
but an afterglow

Discography

(2008) Lights Down Low
(2003) Davnet
(2000) Hyperdramatic
(1996) Shadows Wake Me

(2007) Shaye "Lake of Fire"
(2003) Shaye "The Bridge"

Set List

Damhnait will perform repertoire from her latest release, "Lights Down Low" and original material from her extensive song catalogue and recordings.

Song selection highlights from "Lights Down Low" include Love Will Tear Us Apart, Bobcaygeon, Is This Love, I Want You To Want Me, Gimme Gimme, Essence, Train In Vain, Everlong, I Wanna Roo You, More Than This

Performance set list varies based on the length of each live show.