Dina Valenz

Dina Valenz

 Temple City, California, USA
SoloPopAcoustic

Acoustic, pop, singer/ songwriter. Dina Valenz blends colorful lyrics with catchy melodies to give listeners a sneak peak into her world. Her music has been compared to Jewel and Alanis Morrisette and Sheryl Crow.

Biography

Emerging as a formidable artist these past few years on the SoCal music scene, singer/songwriter Dina Valenz currently performs on a monthly basis at the Long Beach Town Center as part of their Live Music Series. The multi-talented performer has also played at numerous clubs throughout Los Angeles, including recent gigs at the Kibitz Room at Canter's on Fairfax, The House of Blues - Voo Doo Lounge and the LA County Fair.

The San Pedro, California native is a familiar presence on the L.A. club scene from the handful of years she spent with Not Like The Other, where she was the lead singer and only female. Joining the band while enrolled as a Drama major at UC Irvine, Dina continued with them for several years after earning her degree, performing No Doubt, 311 and Sublime covers at hotspots like the House of Blues Foundation Room and the Cat Club. Working later with female quartet Everything Nice (and Then Some!), she developed a keen ear for harmonies, an experience that plays an instrumental role in her songwriting today.

Emerging now with a completely different musical style in line with key influences like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Jewel, Dina is gearing up to release her four-track debut EP, which was executive produced by veteran contemporary jazz singer-songwriter Mark Winkler (who also co-wrote with Dina the infectious jangling pop/rocker Favorite Pair of Jeans) and arranged by renowned jazz pianist/keyboardist Jamieson Trotter. Other tracks include the happy, carefree love song All My Tomorrows, the haunting, bluesy heartbreak tune Miles and Miles and the infectious and edgy, attitude driven Skinny Bitch.

My music is very much inspired by the pop music of the late 90s, she adds, and those were the artists who inspired me to pick up the guitar, sing and write what I feel. The four songs on the EP offer a pretty good spectrum of my writing these days. I feel like Im in a great creative place and after going through many ups and downs, Im writing about the things that have gotten me here.

Dinas musical destiny began taking shape at age 12, when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She remembers practicing every day after school until her mother forced her to go to bed. Ever since then, she says, my guitar and I have pretty much been inseparable. Spending much of her lunch hours at school playing and singing for tips for the kids (Skittles, lunch tickets, etc.) She later joined the high school Vocal Ensemble and participated in every performance and talent show she could sign up for. During her senior year, Dina played her first open mic night, where she had the opportunity to play six songs in a row. I got all my friends out to see me and I was hooked! she says.

Dina is still hooked (and writing hooks!) on the joy of performing for audiences, on singing and playing her guitar and writing more songs which she hopes to licensing to television and film as she builds her solo career. She says, Ive done a little of everything, from acting to writing screenplays to singing in bands and a capella and none of those experiences are as meaningful to me as writing and singing my own songs. The best part of the creative journey has been finding myself in the process. This is always going to be what my life is about.

Lyrics

My Favorite Pair of Jeans

Written By: Valenzuela/ Winkler

You are comfortable
You are wonderful
They don’t make em like you baby anymore

You’re like my favorite pair of jeans
The one’s I’ve had forever
Where the holes are patched together
And the denim’s wearing thin

You’re like my favorite pair of jeans
The ones that fit me perfect
The ones that make it worth it
Cause they make me feel so good

You are comfortable
You are wonderful
They don’t make em like you baby anymore
We’ve been through a hundred washes
We’ve been hung up to dry
Baby you’re the best friend money could never buy

You’re like my favorite pair of jeans
You’re a pocket full of stories
What I look for in the morning
When it’s a gonna be a long long day

(Gang vocals) La da da da da

Chorus

You’re like my favorite pair of jeans
The ones I’ve had forever
That make me feel much better
That I’m never letting go

Miles and Miles

Written By: Thelma Valenzuela

I've gone miles and miles and miles
Far distances for you
All the while the while the while
Wondering if only you knew

Do you hear me
Calling for you
Do you see me
Right in front of you

Day after day after day
I've been answering your call
After minutes and hours and days pass
I"m still talking to a wall

Do you hear me
Calling for you
Do you see me
RIght in front of you

I've worked too hard and too much for too long
To watch you float on by
You had me fighting and begging and screaming
Never once you saw me cry

You can't hear me
Calling for you
Never see me
In front of you

Oh you take and you take and
There is no break
Oh I walk and I walk but
I"m a little too late
Oh the bridge that you're burning
Went up in flames
And I wonder if you notice
I wonder if you've noticed
The miles and miles and miles
The miles and miles and miles and miles

Oh I've gone miles and miles and miles

Skinny Bitch

Written By: Thelma Valenzuela

She's a butter face for sure
Baby steps in her high heels
Checks her lips in every mirror
About the only thing that's real
Don't have a clue
How did she steal you?

Maybe it's her fake tan slightly orange
Makes her look a little scary
Or that she accessorizes
The toy poodle she carries
What can I do
Now she holds you

Chorus
She is just another stupid skinny bitch
Spending all your money
Pretending that she's rich
She's gonna leave you dry
Before you realize

She's just a skinny bitch
Bitch bitch just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch she's just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch

She can use a hamburger or 2
Or 3 or 4 with cheese
She thinks she's looking really cute
She hasn't eaten in a week
Nothing to be done
The botox babe won

Chorus
She is just another stupid skinny bitch
Fake designer Gucci
And a laugh that makes me twitch
She's going to make you cry
Before you realize
She's just a skinny

(Bridge)
B - is for the boy I love you stole from me and
I - is for how much I-I-I-I-I hate her
T - is for the terror & night sweats she give me
C - is for how he Cannot Compare her to me
H - is for the hell
She's looks like hell -- so what the hell?

Chorus
She is just another stupid skinny bitch
Blinding you with blonde highlights
It's time to make the switch
She's going to make you cry
When will you realize
She's just a skinny bitch
Bitch bitch just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch she's just a skinny bitch
bitch bitch

All Of My Tomorrows

Written By: Thelma Valenzuela

Another mile I'm glad to walk
Another heart in sidewalk chalk
Seeing my name next to your name
Makes me feel like singing

Another idea in my head
Another touch I won't forget
I can hardly hear a thing while
All these bells are ringing

Chorus
If I swore
All of my tomorrows are yours
Would my love for you have you floored
Everyday I swear to you more
All of my tomorrows are yours

Another day another dream
Another way you're changing me
I hear music feel like dancing
Everywhere I go
Another thought Another prayer
I'm thinking out loud everywhere
A goofy smile I can't fight
To keep it off my face

Chorus
If I swore
All of my tomorrows are yours
Would my love for you have you floored
Everyday I swear to you more
All of my tomorrows are yours

Bridge
Today tomorrow the day after tomorrow
Baby I'll be coming to you
Today tomorrow the day after tomorrow
Baby I'll be coming to you
Today tomorrow the day after tomorrow
Baby I'll be coming to you

Chorus
If I swore
All of my tomorrows are yours
Would my love for you have you floored
Everyday I swear to you more
All of my tomorrows are yours

I Can't Forget You

Written By: Thelma Valenzuela

We decided that we would see other people
We decided the long distance thing is hard
Now I realize it’s harder thinking of you with another
God I wish we’d given us a try

CHORUS
Cause I can’t forget you
Can’t forget you and I’ve tried
I almost wish I’d never met you
Cause I can’t forget you I can’t forget you

Suddenly the flight to San Francisco
Doesn’t seem so bad to get to you
We could work it out I could fly there every other weekend
Or every weekend I don’t care I’d fly anywhere

CHORUS
Cause I can’t forget you
Can’t forget you and I’ve tried
I almost wish I’d never met you
Cause I can’t forget you I can’t forget you

BRIDGE
Is this one sided love
Have you moved on
Am I too late
If what I feel enough
To build a bridge across this state

CHORUS
Cause I can’t forget you
Can’t forget you and I’ve tried
I almost wish I’d never met you
Cause I can’t forget you I can’t forget you