Dana Fuchs

Dana Fuchs

BandRockBlues

“…Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin backed by a higher-energy version of the late-'60s Rolling Stones... Rock 'n' Roll doesn't get any better." –Stereophile Magazine Annual “100 Discs to Die For” Issue

Biography

This is a busy time for singer-songwriter Dana Fuchs. She stars in the highly anticipated Julie Taymor film, Across The Universe (Sony Pictures) appearing as Sadie the rock star in the ensemble cast of this groundbreaking musical set to Beatles songs. Dana performs “Oh! Darling,” “Dear Prudence,” “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and the most stirring and pivotal musical piece in the film, “Helter Skelter.” The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10th. Among the rave reviews Dana received for the film, The New York Times said, “Dana Fuchs, who played Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway show ‘Love, Janis’ is the movie’s resident earth mother. An aspiring rock singer, she sounds like a warmer, more controlled Joplin.” Dana’s versions of these classic songs appear on the Across the Universe soundtrack, and are amongst the most downloaded digital tracks from the album.

Dana prepares to release her first-ever Live CD entitled, Dana Fuchs Live In NYC, featuring a bluesy roots-rock set list of brand new songs and material culled from her critically-acclaimed debut independent CD Lonely For A Lifetime, at the beginning of next year. Around that time, Across The Universe will be available on home video, surely to become a classic.
The youngest of six musical children, Dana was raised in a small town in rural Florida surrounded by music – her older siblings’ band playing classic rock in the garage, Ray Charles and Hank Williams on her parents’ turntable, and a big dose of 70’s and 80’s funk at school. At the age of 12 she joined the First Baptist Gospel Choir and was singing, shouting, and praising the lord in a small church on the outskirts of town. At 16 she was fronting a popular local band at a roadside Holiday Inn. It was the beginning of a hunger for singing and the stage that Wildwood, Florida couldn’t possibly satiate. Soon she was headed north telling friends and family she was “going to New York to sing the blues”.
Arriving in NYC alone and broke at the age of 19, Dana soon found herself down and out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After the wake-up call of her older sister’s suicide (Donna was Dana’s first musical mentor), Dana pulled herself together, determined to reconnect with her passion for music and began hitting the local blues jams with a vengeance. It was at one of these jams that she met Jon Diamond, an established NYC guitarist who had toured with Joan Osborne and W.C. Handy Award winner Debbie Davies. Immediately recognizing a musical chemistry they formed the Dana Fuchs Band. Within a year the band was a feature act at NY’s best blues clubs, often sharing the stage and performing with the likes of John Popper, James Cotton, and Taj Mahal. For another year Dana immersed herself in the blues, playing 3 long sets a night, 4 nights a week until 3 am, honing her already formidable vocal power and performance style, and building a large, loyal following.
After 2 years of working the blues circuit Dana knew it was time for a change and decided to tell her own story and create her own music. She and Jon began writing intensively, putting together a solid body of original rock songs. Soon Dana was back on the Lower East Side again, only this time on stage with the band, debuting her songs to a packed house at Arlene’s Grocery. The fan response was overwhelming. The band was soon selling out shows at The Mercury Lounge, The Stephen Talkhouse and BB King’s, sharing the bill with national acts, Little Feat, Marianne Faithfull, and Etta James.
Not long after, the producers of the Off Broadway hit “Love, Janis”, hearing raves about Dana from various cast and crewmembers, asked her to come in for an audition. Dana went in, sang a few bars of “Piece of My Heart,” and, on the spot, was offered the role of Janis Joplin. Playing Janis 4 nights a week garnered Dana a whole new audience who were soon at the DFB’s shows listening to Dana performing her own music.
These songs can be heard on the band’s debut CD, Lonely For A Lifetime, which was released to an enthusiastic response from both press and fans. Drawing from influences ranging from ‘60s Stax/Volt R&B, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones, Lonely for A Lifetime, hints, lyrically, at Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, among others. Says Fuchs, “I wanted to capture a soulful and rocking vibe…but with an earthiness to it.” Vocally Dana was inspired by legendary singers including Etta James, Otis Redding, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, and Mavis Staples.
Notable tracks include “Strung Out,” “Lonely For A Lifetime” and “Bible Baby.” Explains Fuchs, “These tracks are about addiction and religious hypocrisy. And, like all of the tracks on the album, they deal with subjects that I have a deep personal experience with. It’s crucial to me to have a passionate connection to what I’m delivering in order to create a sincere representation of me, my life and my influences.”
Producer, co-writer, guitarist Jon Diamond

Discography

"Lonely for a Lifetime" - Debut album. Currently sold out

"Across the Universe" - Soundtrack

"Sherry Baby" - Soundtrack

"Dana Fuchs Live in NYC" - now available on itunes