Dana Masters: When she became Queen of NI music!

Dana Masters – The girl from the states, who met a local guy in LA, and is now living in Lisburn. Dana launched her fantastic new EP of self penned tracks at The Mac on Thursday night and treated us to a night of exquisite soul/jazz/funk/R&B/gospel influenced music.

We’ve seen Dana a few times, from her early days performing in the basement at McHughes, to gigs in Belfast theatres and now the launch of her EP at The Mac.

Each time she increases in confidence, strength and dare I say, awesomeness! Last week’s launch at The Mac was ‘beyond amazing’ as I heard an audience member say.

Dana has been on a musical journey since moving to Northern Ireland. For someone not originally considering a music career, she has quickly made her mark on the local music scene and has her own fan base of music lovers. Her beautiful soulful voice is of another era, think Gladys Knight.

The new 5 track EP, available at www.danamastersmusic.com is stunning and hasn’t been off my playlist since Thursday. I love it, but on every listen I’m left wanting more, a full album is what’s needed. The EP starts with a hint of Brand New Heavies funk/soul on Someone Else’s Love. The fantastic second track, When I Was Queen is followed by the beautiful title track Crossing Lines. The EP finishes with Carry You In and Feels Like Love.

Dana is a pleasure and a treat to watch, listen to and support. Her sparkling personality shines on stage and her songwriting skills and in fact Dana is worthy of great things.

If you’re looking for a night of classic soul with a hint of Jazz, Gospel, R&B, then watch out for Dana Masters in Bangor in May and again in August at the towns Open House Festival.

You just won’t be disappointed, she is quickly becoming Queen of the local music scene.

Actually, Dana needs to be on Later with Jools Holland to show the world just how great she is!

Jeff Meredith


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