Dana Divine
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Dana Divine

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFTRA

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Christian Gospel

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Dana Divine @ HAROLD WASHINGTON CULTURE CENTER

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dec
22
Dana Divine @ HAROLD WASHINGTON CULTURE CENTER

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Dana Divine @ HAROLD WASHINGTON CULTURE CENTER

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Dana Divine. Much like her last name, there is a 'divine' air that exudes from the modern twist to the classic message that unfolds track by track. From the first note, I knew I would enjoy what lay ahead; and I was right.
The first track, Use Me Lord is surprisingly smooth. The acoustic values are amazing! If you can imagine the intense peace that floods over your soul as you completely and sincerely surrender your all to the Almighty - take that peace bottle it and spray it all over the room; that's the atmosphere that this song sets. Very smooth. "Here is my hand for You to hold.... here is my mind for you to mold..." The message is very clear and very powerful at the same time.
For those of you who love that mellow brassy jazz flavor we offer PPLG also known as PeacePowerLoveGrace. Sweet harmonies, melodic vocals that make you nod ya' head and pat those feet. Sweet, sweet, sweet. It's not very often that you get to jam to a prayer, but here's your chance. While asking the Father to teach you how to live each day, how to work and play, to cleanse you through and through you get to kick up your heels to this very contemporary groove.
He'll Neva Change is slated as number three. Just when you thought it wasn't possible to get anymore chill - D.D. takes you there with this cut. This cut is also very relaxing and delicately balances on the rim of contemporary music without falling over into gospel rap or the other way into traditional gospel.
Looking for a love ballad to the Lord? Try No One Like U. Run that bubble bath... light a candle or two, or three and soak in the suds as you meditate on the awesome supremeness of the One above all else. "Promise You my heart for the rest of my life...there's no one quite like you..."
Okay. Ready to shake things up?? The Gospel Slide has got it down pat...or is that down stomp, two pats to the left...you get the picture. It's the gospel answer to the Macarena and the electric slide. Who needs the electric slide when you're wired for Christ!
A Nu Language is a sure-fire success because of its wide-based flavor. It gently introduces the hard-core traditional gospel music lover into a more relaxed, less formal way to worship. It personalizes worship by taking it out of the church walls alone and bringing it to your everyday. Songs that you can clean the house to, get your hair braided to, wash the car to...that's what we need. And the brilliance of it all is that it's not instantly shut out (As many gospel songs are) by those who still need to hear the gospel. They listen; and before they even know what's hit them, they're nodding their heads and patting fingertips and toes. After a while they muster up the courage to say: "Hey, that's nice...who is that? When you say Dana Divine, they appreciate the info, but you can tell they don't necessarily know the name. However, with a collection like A Nu Language, they soon will.
By: Tangela Greene
- GospelCity.Com


Dana can almost be described as a music veteran with a career spanning over 14 years and someone who has worked with many of the big guns like R Kelly, Billy Ocean and top producers Mark Pichiotti, Hula and Maurice Joshua. Add to that Billboard Chart hits and a song licensed to Sony Playstation, you expect big things on her latest project.
Let’s address the musical direction of the album. Basically you have two sounds - a soul/R&B singer and then all-out house diva and the track listing appears pretty much like that. First part soul second part house. With those two extremes it is hard to get a feel of how she is trying to put herself across musically. Someone like Ann Nesby can get away with it because of the tremendous industry recognition she carries. Whereas for relatively unknown Dana, this can be a risky path to take for an artist still looking to establish herself.
However, the majority of tracks are very good. Early on ‘Peace Power Love Grace’ jumps out immediately with its jazzy keys, smooth beat and Dana’s sultry voice. In a similar light is ‘Stop’ and the real soul groover (think Donnell Jones beat) ‘So EZ’ both being great advocates of that Neo-Soul sound. ‘Bounce’ is a run-of-the-mill R&B cut that is three years too late, a bit passé for the current sound of urban music. Touching on the cheesy side is ‘No One Like U’ with lines like “if loving you is wrong than I don’t want to be right” it does border on the ballad cringe factor.
Drastically turning up the tempo, we delve into upbeat house cuts kicking off with ‘The Gospel Slide’ no doubt offering the Gospel massive an alternative to the mainstream hit “Cha Cha Slide”. The other two house cuts are quality and if I were her record label executive I would recommend pressing up both ‘Sweet to My Soul’ and ‘I Testify’ on a limited edition white label and blitzing the dance market. Her vocals ride the rolling four by four beats and jazzy basslines with such ease where she could carve a niche for herself on uplifting gospel house anthems alone. The album ‘A Nu Language’ draws appeal from two distinct crowds but there is still that need of bridging both styles which would then make the project sound less fragmented.
By DJ El Niño © April 2004
- DJ El Nino ( UnitedByOne.co.uk )


Dana first rocked the gospel world with her hit the "Gospel Slide." This diva is back with a debut CD that will get the attention of many gospel music fans. This project is full of smooth gospel grooves with a message. Dana is a gospel artist that's here to stay. Checkout Dana Divine and "Nu Language."

Use Me Lord: This smooth gospel groove is Saint friendly. It's the first track on the project and a good song to start an album off with.
No One Like You: A medium tempo joint that will move and groove you. Dana stretches out on this tune. Good song!
Best Cuts: He'll Never Change| Sweet 2 My Soul | Bounce | I Testify | Believe - Gospel-Spotlight.com


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Bountiful Blessings with This Album
Reviewer: DJ PURPLE - CD Baby Artist
A little background info: I really enjoyed getting “The Gospel Slide (JAM)” cd-single. Now to the present: I can’t describe the joy I felt seeing this album’s availability. I knew it was coming and I tell you that it was well worth the wait! Every song on the album is just superb! Seeing Maurice on the remix tip was great as well. There is enough range on this album to satisfy every dancing urge. But, perhaps the best part of the package is the demonstration video for the Gospel Slide; now you can add these steps to your line dancing repertoire! Once again Chicago talent shines right through. The album is a blessing—I just wish I could give it more stars!!!
- Cd Baby


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Bountiful Blessings with This Album
Reviewer: DJ PURPLE - CD Baby Artist
A little background info: I really enjoyed getting “The Gospel Slide (JAM)” cd-single. Now to the present: I can’t describe the joy I felt seeing this album’s availability. I knew it was coming and I tell you that it was well worth the wait! Every song on the album is just superb! Seeing Maurice on the remix tip was great as well. There is enough range on this album to satisfy every dancing urge. But, perhaps the best part of the package is the demonstration video for the Gospel Slide; now you can add these steps to your line dancing repertoire! Once again Chicago talent shines right through. The album is a blessing—I just wish I could give it more stars!!!
- Cd Baby


Discography

YEAR TITLE ARTIST CONTRIBUTION LABEL
1990 JAM 1990 In One Color feat. Dana Artist, Songwriter, Producer 33.33% Stagefright Music
1990 For You Dana Artist, Arranger 33.33% Clubhouse Records
1991 Come Home Dana Artist, Songwriter 33.33% Clubhouse Records
1991 Ring My Bell The Fresh Prince – Will Smith Background Vocalist Jive Records
1991 Thinkin’ About Your Love Ruby Turner Songwriter 33.33% Jive Records
1992 Hey Love R. Kelly Background Vocalist Jive Records
1992 Get Off Mr. Lee Background Vocalist Jive Records
1992 Sex Thang Mr. Lee Background Vocalist Jive Records
1993 Brighter Days Dajae Songwriter Cajual Records
1995 Absolute E-Sensual Jaki Graham Background Vocalist, Vocal Arranger Critique Records
1995 He’s the Man Big Ed feat. Dana Artist Vibe Records
1995 Men Dana Artist, Songwriter Chicago Style Music
1995 Love Breakdown Dana Artist, Songwriter Tribal America
1995 Stay Around Terrence FM Background Vocalist Relief Records
1996 U-N-I Dana Artist, Songwriter Cajual Records
1996 Do Me A Favor Dana Artist Cajual Records
1999 Just Call Dana Artist, Songwriter Blue Plate Records
2001 Runnin Basstoy featuring Dana Featured Artist, Songwriter Neo Records/Strictly Rhythym
2001 The Gospel Slide: Jesus Apostles March Dana Divine Artist, Songwriter Good Fridays Productions
2003 So Real Poi Dog Pondering Featured Artist Premenition Records
2004 A Nu Language (full length CD) Dana Divine Artist/ Songwriter/Producer Tri-M Entertainment
2005 You Should’ve Said (I Love You) Angel Moraes feat. Dana Artist Stealth Records
2005 Music Is Your Life Angel Moraes feat. Dana Artist/Songwriter Stealth Records
2005 So EZ Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Expansion Records
2005 Be Thankful Terry Hunter feat. Dana Artist/Songwriter T’s Box Records
2006 Turn it Up Basstoy Featuring Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Centaur Records
2006 Empty Spaces 15 south Featuring Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Unlimited Sounds
2006 What I'm Saying 15 south Featuring Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Mile End Records
2007 My Life Nimrod Background Vocalist Maelstrom Records
2008 So Sweet Mark Pichiotti featuring Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Blue Plate Records
2008 Recording Idol Various Artists Artist/Executive Producer Tri-M entertainment
2009 Lifeline Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Tri-M Entertainment
2012 Remember 2 Luv Dana Divine Artist/Songwriter Maurice Joshua Digital

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Independent artist Dana Divine is versatile, multi-talented, and proven. She is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and host of music and television. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dana began her music career working with industry superstars such as R. Kelly, Will Smith, and Billy Ocean. It was the house music classic Brighter Days which Dana co-wrote that confirmed her calling to inspire.

In 2000, Mary Mary placed their call to Take the shackles of my feet so I can dance. Dana followed suit writing and independently releasing the original gospel line dance, The Gospel Slide. The success of The Gospel Slide led Dana to launch her ministry globally in the UK, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, along with many churches and venues stateside.

Chicago, with deep roots in Gospel music continues to be the epicenter for Dana to expand her ministry. Dana Divine launched her own media company, Tri-M Entertainment in 2001, and has been focused on its motto of Music, Ministry and Message ever since. She has worked with many of Chicagos premier gospel talents including, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Darius Brooks, The Brown Sisters, Walt Whitman, and many others.

In 2004 Dana released her first independent full length gospel album, A Nu Language. This compilation included hits such as, The Gospel Slide, PPLG, and Sweet to My Soul, a gospel house anthem produced by Grammy winner Maurice Joshua. So Ez, one of the standout tracks from this album, went on to be included on a UK soul compilation and ended the year as one of the top soul UK tracks.

Continuing on her success as an independent artist Dana released her second gospel album, Lifeline in 2009. Lifeline has continued to broaden the reach of Danas ministry. The video for Hero which deals with themes of domestic abuse and bullying is a powerful visual that Dana uses while talking about these themes. Other standout tracks on Lifeline include collaborations with reggae gospel artist Papa San (U Dont Know), and tracks with backing vocals and arrangements by Dewayne Woods. (Lifeline, Hero, Its Not Too Late)

Danas commitment to independent production led her to host and produce a television series for the Chicago market called Next Gospel Star. This show is a weekly showcase of Chicagos rich gospel talent and has featured acts such as Phil Tarver, Lemmie Battles, Joshuas Troop, Angie Spivey, Bishop Larry Trotter, and Calvin Bridges amongst others.

Dana Divine has an active following on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.

Dana has a weekly platform to reach fans on the #1 urban radio station in the Chicago market, 107.5FM WGCI. She is the overnight personality on weeknights.

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