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- Artist: Dahlia Wakefield
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/3/2007
The lyric 'a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll' could have been written about emerging Edmonton, Alberta-based singer-songwriter Dahlia Wakefield. Born in Cebu City, the Philippines, Dahlia moved to Canada as an infant. Like many artists from humble beginnings, Dahlia was raised in the small rural town of Maidstone, SK. She left when rock 'n' roll and bright lights of the big city beckoned, heading westward to the border city Lloydminster where she kick-started her music career, fronting several music projects - live and in the studio. Armed with fierce determination, a love of music, a whole lot of talent and a look as exotic as the flower she was named after, she moved to Edmonton a few years later; the start of a great future lay in front of her. Formal training at Grant MacEwan College's Music Program, where she majored in Vocal Performance, sharpened Dahlia's songwriting skills, while belting it out in a pop/rock cover band by night honed her live chops. In 1999, she graduated with Distinction, received one scholarship and one award, and was featured on the school's CD entitled "Music From Within", and has since then graced the stage with many well-established musicians, including Edmonton's cover band, The X-Factor. Dahlia released a 4-song self-titled EP in 2000, a full-length release "Close to Home" in 2003, and her second full-length CD "Down This Road" in September 2006. Recorded in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at Beta Sound Recorders and Blackfoot South Music and produced by Greg Johnston (who got a cut on 'Canadian Idol' Ryan Malcolm's CD and runner up Billy Klippert's CDs) and Lyle Molzan (drummer/percussionist for Jann Arden), Dahlia's first full-length album "Close To Home" features listener-friendly material, which has been described as catchy power pop rock with a hint of country. She keeps her adult lyrics honest, straightforward and appropriate to her music; they are well written and speak of the intricacies of life and love. In possession of a supple voice capable of interesting complexity, Dahlia's unique singing spans from angelic and sensitive one moment to raunchy and gutsy the next. As well as this wonderful set of pipes, she also has an uncanny ability to capture an emotion, a mood, an essence, a sentiment, and put it to her music. This album is chock-full of slickly penned songs that hit 'close to home', with contagious melodies that are apt to stick in your head and keep you humming for hours. Key tracks to take note of include the following songs: Dahlia's single "I", which placed as a finalist in the 2003 Windrift Music Songwriting Competition and has been included on the 2004 Edmonton Independent Music Expo Compilation CD; the song "Die For You", which received an Honorable Mention in her placement as a finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition out of 11,000 entries; and "I Believe", which has placed as both winner and finalist in various songwriting contests in 2001 and 2000, also resulting in a track on a compilation CD called "Faces in the Crowd". These accolades are truly a testament to her exemplary songwriting ability. She has recently signed with music library "Musikvergnuegen aka Beyond" from Hollywood and is looking forward to the future. With full length albums "Close to Home" and "Down This Road released on her independent label 'Squirrelly Gir Music' and several accolades at her feet, Dahlia Wakefield is a rising star set to shine bright and long.
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