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Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

Posted on August 23, 2015 by admin

What does winning the Rock Against Trafficking Sting-Cover Contest mean to you? Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

The fact that I can be part of raising awareness about something extremely important like child trafficking across the world, is priceless to me. Being a mother myself, makes this cause very near and dear to my heart. Music is such a powerful tool and I am honored to raise my voice about child trafficking.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Music started off as an escape for me. It was never my real dream or intention to be a professional artist. But as the years went by, I realized that it was my calling in life and that I could touch and inspire thousands around the world through my songs and performances.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

It is no secret that the music business is a very tough and competitive industry. As a woman, there are countless surprises around each corner. The biggest surprises are always when I’m in foreign countries and witness strangers connecting to my songs and mouthing my lyrics.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

With the industry changing so much over the last decade, the challenge I’ve always had has intensified more. And the challenge is to stay in the game, to be seen and to be heard.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I have no set process. Each song comes to me in a different way. Whether it be a melody first and then a theme for lyrics. On many occasions I have written songs in my sleep. I always get my inspiration from personal life experiences. I grew up in South Africa and have an ocean of stories to tell, pain, suffering and sadness. But along these dark journeys, I’ve always managed to survive and come out on top. For me, these are the stories I like to share. Stories of perseverance, victory and belief that there is hope at the end of every storm.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Without a doubt, my two tours to Afghanistan are at the top of my list. I’ve also done a bunch of charity events, fundraisers and benefits for causes I truly believe in. Doing this always makes me feel like I’m contributing, even if it’s in a small way, to make changes in our world.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for many big names- Aerosmith, Joe Cocker, Beth Hart, Motorhead, Velvet Revolver, Puddle of Mudd, London Choirboys, The Bangles, Golden Earring, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, Sebastien Bach and many others. I’ve also performed live with Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke, Dave Navarro, Adrian Young, Terri Nunn and more. I was the first and only female lead vocalist for LA Guns for two tours.

Anything else you want to share?

I have a new project based in Europe. It is an all girls band from Portugal and it is called SHÍ is Dilana. I’m extremely excited about this project. We recently did two tours through Europe and almost every show was sold out. I am going back in October for 2, 5 months of touring with my girls. We will be performing in Iceland amongst other European countries.  I am planning on a tour for us in the USA for 2016.

You can check out Dilana at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/dilana

Spotlight on TalentWatch TV Show Host, Jessica Ford

Posted on June 11, 2014 by admin

jessicafordAs you know, once TalentWatch decided to create a TV show, you were at the top of our list to host it.  Tell us why you decided to host our show.

“I decided to host the show because of the opportunity for up and coming artists… Once an artist has their music they usually have no idea what to do with it. It is very hard to get this kind of exposure without being signed to a major label. There is some amazing talent out there that deserves this kind of opportunity and there is nothing else out there like this. This kind of a show supports the artist, their craft and that for me is what it’s all about.” 

When you think back on your career in the music industry, what one experience impacted you the most? 

When I was awarded The Ambassadress Of The California State Talent Competition (given to me because I had won just about every singing category in this Competition). I was then given my own show at the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds all through the Youth Focus Program. I was asked to compete for Miss California State, got 2nd place and was given an award for the first ever Perfect Score In Talent and the Most Inspirational Talent Award. This singing competition changed my life. It gave me opportunities that some people only dream of. I have been able to use this many times in my life to show people I am a professional. It was a resume’ builder like no other and many more doors opened after this because of what Youth Focus did for me. TalentWatch has the same feel to me… when you win a contest you never know what music industry higher ups will take note or what opportunities will come from the exposure you get as a competition winner.”

Besides being an accomplished music artist, you have been named, ‘Nashville’s Premier Vocal Coach.’  What advice do you have for music artists? 

“Most important… never, ever give up on your dream. Next, you must be prepared so that you are ready when the opportunities come your way. If you are not ready it will pass you by and end up landing on someone else’s door who IS ready.  Also, if you want to be the best singer and “win the Olympics”  you have to train and you need a trainer. And one more… very important message I have is… just like going to college, if singing is your career choice, you need to invest in your career. These day’s the internet has taken music in a different direction… so you need to have a video, your music professionally produced and play out as much as possible. Take every opportunity and know that if you turn one down, there are 1,000 other artists who are right behind you ready to take it with a smile on.” 

What do you hope to accomplish on your show? 

I hope to help music artists get the exposure they deserve. I love the idea of giving artists another avenue to grow their fan base. We have big plans for this show and I know we can make a huge impact.  I know we will accomplish this.”