Dayna Manning

Dayna Manning

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Dayna Manning has a gift for crafting familiar, yet unique melodies that are instantly memorable. Her voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell and her lyrics to Leonard Cohen. It is that combination, with her stellar guitar playing and clever whit that mesmerizes her audiences time and again.

Biography

Dayna is a mesmerizing performer who has recently become one of Canada's top, completely independent artists. Releasing records on her own label, managing her own business and writing instantly memorable tunes, she is a perfect choice, solo or with an ensemble, to entertain your audiences. Many people are unaware of her remarkable ability to capture an audience completely on her own. Most only know her for her powerful voice, but her guitar skills are what keeps Nelly Furtado's and Jacksoul's guitar players showing up at her Toronto shows to watch how fast she can pick a guitar. Jim Scott (Engineer, Producer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty) and Bob Glaub (Bass player, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstant) both regard Dayna as one of the best acoustic players they have ever worked with. Affordable, your show will have more bang than your buck should have got you. daynamanning@gmail.com

Folkyo Album BIO
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Dayna Manning is back with her most delightful record to date. Folkyo is an uplifting and powerful collection of 12 folk-pop-rock songs, impeccably written and exquisitely co-produced by Manning herself. Dayna contributes everything from bass to banjo on the record, along with her usual guitar and piano duties. Prior to Folkyo, Dayna released two albums through EMI Music Canada: her critically acclaimed and Juno nominated Volume 1 and its lush artistic follow-up Shades. Now Folkyo will usher Dayna into a new era. Folkyo marks Dayna’s first release on her brand new, self-owned label LeParc Records. “This project was challenging. Not only have I overseen almost every aspect of Folkyo’s writing, production and release, I had to start a record label, build my own studio and spend the past winter working on the Canadian Pipeline to take it across the finish line.” – Pipeline? That’s right.

The Stratford Ontario born singer lived in an on site oil and gas camp in northern BC for most of the 2006 winter. “I loved it actually. One of my favorite shows of all time was when we decided to put on a concert in the rec hall at camp, no mics. Everyone there knew me as the office clerk. It was exhilarating to be able to surprise peers with my guitar playing and songs. There were 200 people staying at the camp and I sold 50 cds that night!” It was a far cry from her usual gigs. Dayna has shared stages with Burton Cummings, Radiohead, 54:40, Joe Cocker, and toured on Lilith Fair. Her records feature impressive guests, such as Sean Ono Lennon and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Folkyo is a journey through Dayna’s travels, friends and experiences. “I have never felt more Canadian or more compelled to put a line about a pickup truck in one of my songs until I had worked on the pipeline”, says Dayna, referring to the almost country sounding “If Your Mind Changes”. Dayna penned the outrageously funny, pop-punk meets Elvis Costello influenced “What’s So Great About Her?” immediately after watching Paris Hilton’s television show ‘Simple Life’ for the first time. But she admits that it’s the pop ballad “In The Meantime” that seems to get everyone, guessing that people relate, because everyone knows what it feels like, “When you’re at home on the couch just waiting for that potentially special someone to call.” Over all Folkyo contains a lot of heart, imagination, and a little something for everyone. “I seem to be receiving the best response to Folkyo out of all my records. I’m really proud of it.”

CONTACT
Dayna would absolutely love to speak with you about Folkyo, life, pipelining, etc.
Please contact daynamanning@gmail.com or Sean Surerus @ 250 263 9394

Lyrics

In The Meantime

Written By: Dayna Manning

Will you think of me in a far off land
Picture me raising my hand
Making my contribution
As I walked away I wondered
If I’d feel this way
When I see you again

And In the meantime I don’t what to know
Where you go or what you’re doing
Cause in my mind you’ll be sitting all alone,
Staring at the phone wondering what I’d say
If you called

Baby I’ve got so much love
So much love to give
I’m the one who should be scared
There’s a statue of the Mother Mary
At the church down the street from my house
And her hearts on her sleeve and it’s pierced with a knife

And In the meantime I don’t what to know
Where you go or what you’re doing
Cause in my mind you’ll be sitting all alone,
Staring at the phone wondering if I

Would even be
Home is where I am
Baby home is where I am
Baby home is what I am

And in the meantime I don’t what to know
Anything
About you

In the meantime I don’t what to know
Where you go or what you’re doing
Cause in my mind you’ll be sitting all alone,
Staring at the phone calling me to tell me
You’re coming home

But in the meantime I don’t want to know.

What's So Great About Her?

Written By: Dayna Manning

She watches TV after she sleeps till noon
She’s got her body prepared to debut in June
She wears black shadow and she irons her hair
Her jeans are so low I can see her underwear

She lives on vodka, soda, aspirin, cigarettes
Facing forward baby there are no regrets
And I will never ever ever be the same
And I will always always always always lose this game

What’s so great about her?
What’s so great about her?
What’s so great about a tight ass, sweet rack, flat ab, beautiful
Tight ass, sweet rack, flat ab, beautiful girl
What’s so great about her?

You’d swear she’s in the movies the way she sparkles and shines
You strike up conversation she’s got a pea for a mind
The very same one that’s been making bumps in her bed
I swear to Mom you must be out of your freaking head

I worked my ass off so you’d notice me
I got straight A’s she got 32 C’s
I know I’ll never ever ever compare
But baby you better, you better, you better, you better, better beware

Cause what’s so great about her?
What’s so great about her?
What’s so great about a tight ass, sweet rack, flat ab, beautiful
Beautiful girl beautiful,

Beautiful girls get everything
I’ve ever wanted and I’ll ever dream
And I tell myself, I’m a cut above
Your silly ego driven love

What’s so great about her?
What’s so great about her?
What’s so great about a tight ass, sweet rack, flat ab, beautiful
Tight ass, sweet rack, flat ab, beautiful girl
What’s so great about her?
And not about me
No and not about me
You know I try to understand
But they say I’m not a man
And because I’m not a man
I will never understand
How this all began

I Always Want To Be With You

Written By: Dayna Manning

Among blades of grass and dragonflies
I quietly crouch waiting for you to fully bloom
Cause my love is like the sweet sunshine
For it cannot be contained
But if I’m lucky it’ll leave a stain

And they say if you wait it will come
A little happiness for everyone

One thing is true I always want to be with you
In the back of my mind you’re with me all of the time
And though I know better than to
I always want to be with you

You threw your caution to the wind upon my recommendation
And it boomeranged and came back again
I’ve seen your face in other men’s eyes
And I’ve prayed to be swayed
But you just multiplied while I divide

And they say when you’ve got nothing to loose
It just gets harder to choose

One thing is true I always want to be with you
And in the back of my mind you’re with me all of the time
And through all of my life
I always want to be with you

I see through as your colours blend and sway
You change your mind almost every single day
Just see it my way, see it my way, see it my way

One thing is true I always want to be with you
And in the back of my mind you’re with me all of the time
And through all of my life
I always want to be with you

Anytown

Written By: Dayna Manning / Gavin Bradley

Sometimes I love this place
And sometimes I don’t
Some days everything goes my way
Some days it just won’t
I sit around and plan what I can do to get what I want
And I spend too much time thinking of everything I’m not
But of all the lost and found I’m no one’s hand me down

If you’re waiting around too long,
You might find your chance is gone
Be forced to take it all in stride
Cause it’s all part of the design
Of any room
In any house
On any street
In Anytown

Half my friends are married
And half of those have kids
They love to hear my stories
Of where I’ve been and what I did
We all suspect each other’s lives are better off
Freedom, love, success, whichever we ain’t got
As street lights flash on and off I wonder is this really where I’ll end up?

If you’re waiting around too long,
You might find your chance is gone
Be forced to take it all in stride
Cause it’s all part of the design
Of any room
In any house
On any street
In Anytown

You try to imagine
You close your eyes
But that’s all in the design
Of any room
In any house
On any street
In Anytown
Oh it could be Anytown

Peek Thru

Written By: Dayna Manning

As far as I’m concerned this door is closed
I locked it with the only key I know
And still you,
Peek thru

As far as I’m concerned my eyes are closed
I cover them with both the hands I know
I spread my fingers
And you
Peek thru
Yeah you
Peek thru
For me

And I will rise above
Your love
Your love
Scares me to pieces
Scares me to pieces
When it
Peeks thru

Ambition has got me again
Everybody said it was my friend
But they don’t understand
How you
Peek thru
Yeah you
Peek thru
Yeah you
Peek thru
For me

Still I will rise above
Your love
Your love
Your love
Yeah it
Peeks thru
Yeah it
Peeks thru
For me.

If Your Mind Changes

Written By: Dayna Manning

Please don’t write me your beautiful long letters anymore
Instead of a hundred lines maybe you could keep it to four
Please don’t tell me I’m pretty or that I’m a great girl
Or that I will never get everything that I deserve

Please don’t say how you’re lost or that you’re looking to find
Someone amazing, someone who’ll blow your mind

And please only call
If your mind changes
Please only call
If your mind changes

Please don’t drive by my work or call my roommate
Cause it’s your name on my phone and your license plate
Please don’t offer me rides in your great big white truck
No matter how cold it is or how badly I am stuck

And please remind all your friends not to mention your name
But tell them to act like everything’s the same

And please only call
If your mind changes
Please only call
If your mind changes
Please only call
If your mind changes

I asked you my questions, you told me your lies
None of it came as a big surprise
But I feel used and I feel cheap
So confused and so damn weak
But I’ll pick up and I’ll move on
And when that day comes along
When you’re certain that I’ve moved on

Do me a favor and…

Please don’t call
If your mind changes
Please don’t call
If your mind changes
Please don’t call
If your mind changes
Please don’t call
If your mind changes

Gloria

Written By: Dayna Manning

I’ll be the Venus to your Mars
A moon for your stars
I’ll make comets fly behind your back
I’ll make the ground soft for when you touch down

Gloria, you’re my imagination
And I won’t let it come undone

I’ll make the sunshine whenever you want
And animals talk
I’ll make anywhere a safe place to go
I’ll make the ground soft for when you touch down

Gloria, you’re my imagination
And I won’t let it come undone

GLORIA!

Cause I’m counting on you
Like you’re counting on me
Yeah I’m counting on you
Like you’re counting on me

Gloria, you’re my imagination
The only thing I can become
And your work has only begun
I’ll never let it come undone

The only thing I can become
Is Gloria

A Walk On The Moon

Written By: Dayna Manning

A walk on the beach, a cool breeze in the night
You'll never discover the finer things in life
A million dollar baby and a million dollar wife

Today there's a heaven, tomorrow there's not
Five six and seven are tied in a knot
You stepped in the web and now you're caught

I meant to meet you in that small green room
With three chairs and a table, three forks and a spoon
And someday I'll take you for a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon

Don't tell me who will stay or who will walk away
Don't tell me who to love, I'll love you anyway
I'll live my life the way I want to day by day

You have the power to stop the time
I fell down the hill in my nursery rhyme
You have your wisdom and I've learned mine

It is a symbol, the man's dress tie
A symbol of manhood in the dreams we pass by
And I cannot stare you right in the eye
Right in the eye

Don't tell me who will stay or who will walk away
Don't tell me who to love, I'll love you anyway
I'll live my life the way I want to day by day

And someday I'll take you for a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon
For a walk on the moon

Discography

"VOLUME 1" Full LP EMI Music Canada, Nettwerk USA
Singles with videos on Much Music - "My Addiction"(Top 20), "Half The Man"
Feature performances By Sean Ono Lennon, Melanie Doane.

Nominated for best new solo artist JUNO award

Nominated for a Canadian Radio Award

Nominated for YTV Youth Achievement Award

"SHADES" Full LP EMI Music Canada
Singles with videos on Much More Music - "Miracle", "Springtime"
Feature performances by Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith, CSNY bass player Bob Glaub. Produced by GRAMMY award winner Jim Scott.

"FOLKYO" Full LP - LeParc Records. Dist: Festival
Singles - "In The Meantime", "What's So Great About Her?"
Featured performances by Emm Gryner, MGB drummer Ian Browne, Kevin Fox.

COMPILATIONS:

Brewed Awakenings
Lilith Fair Live
Thomas The Tank Engine Movie Soundtrack
Better Than Chocolate Movie Soundtrack
Folk On The Road Compilation
Women and Song 6
Women and Song Christmas
Christmas At Home EMI

Set List

Half The Man
My Addiction
I Want
Gold
Miracle
Springtime
I'm The Girl
Door 24
A Walk On The Moon
I Always Want To Be With You
In The Meantime
What's So Great About Her
Pale Moon