Genre' it doesn't matter; current play lists or Golden Oldies it doesn't matter its all music and you start listening to the radio as soon as your born. It's the place you turn to hear 'outside' voices, not mom or dad, but those voices that are different, from someplace far away. But let’s delve deeper into Basin, WY… Let’s say now that you’re a young lady living there since birth, who is now desperately yearning to develop her own sense of fashion and wants to do the things most preteens do. You want to visit the mall.
You beg your mom to take you. But she’s a single mom struggling to keep things together. It’s not simple; you don’t just jump in the car and drive the 200 or more miles to either Casper or Gillette. Are there parties or peer groups? Not when you’re home schooled; outside influences are all few in numbers.
It’s the radio you turn to for company; it’s the sound of rock, country, classic songs, new songs, new singers, different styles; all now becoming your personal friends. They visit you, coming out of the radio speakers into your room. What does all of this have to do with DeLana Stevens? You’ve just been welcomed into her world. DeLana was born in Basin, WY.
Her roots are those of hard work and a serious demeanor. To succeed, you study the lay of the land. To learn to sing, you just Do It! DeLana sang along with everything she heard; Wynonna, Dottie West, and Bonnie Raitt. She wailed to the sounds of Aerosmith and cried along with Johnny Cash.
At age five she’d strut to the Rolling Stones as she learned the meaning of a cowboy’s life from the words of Chris LeDoux. She saw a strong future for women in the song’s of Aretha Franklin. She developed an ‘old musical soul’ at a very young age. Music became DeLana’s only desire.
And with that desire, the need to express her soul’s most inner thoughts became overpowering. Once these feelings began to surface, writing her own songs and telling her own stories drove DeLana even deeper into becoming willingly possessed by music. By age 13, DeLana Stevens developed a voice with salt, smoke and soul that poured out, whether tending to a low key ballad or belting out an up tempo country-rocker with plenty of strength and sass. Her words or the word of her radio friends, it didn’t matter, singing was what she was born doing.
Once again, DeLana approached her mother with a trip in mind. This time it wasn’t the 200 mile trip to a shopping mall that DeLana begged from her mother, it was the trip to music city, Nashville, TN. Mom said yes, packing up her 13 year-old daughter and hauling her dreams half way across the US. Nashville is a tuff town that should have a warning to potential musicians “Enter At Your Own Risk” on its Welcome sign; but it doesn’t. Some aspiring ‘stars’ who travel to music city, return home, defeated and facing the fact that success isn’t as easy as it looks.
Not DeLana Stevens. Her grit grew out of the rural Wyoming earth. After conquering the obligatory new talent contests and developing a studio style all her own, DeLana Stevens, seeking validation, placed her heart and songs on the internet. By May of 2005, DeLana Stevens eclipsed the 160,000 download/plays mark on download.com! She was signed to Mach One records late in 2005 and is well on her way.
Her first project, “Welcome to My World” was recorded in the famed Sound Kitchen and Emerald Sound Studio in Nashville, and is due out early 2007. Stevens spent the spring/summer of 2006 visiting with country radio program directors and music directors, performing live at stations from coast. Stevens’ debut single “Welcome to My World” set country radio on its ear with its fresh soulful sound and her follow-up single, “Say Hello to Heaven” is an immediate ad at country radio across the US. Stevens filmed her first video with Vintage Flick Productions in the fall of 2006 in support of her second release, “Say Hello to Heaven.” The song/video gained immediate attention with its heartfelt message addressing the pain of loosing a family member to a drunk driver.
DeLana Stevens will begin her national tour early in 2007 in support of the release of her project, “Welcome to My World” on Mach One/Spinville Records, distributed by CBuJ out of Nashville, TN. For More Information: EMC-Diana Henderson – (615)-477-9714 – Diana@emcnash.com Toni Snyder - (615)-731-1986 – Toni@emcnash.com www.emcnash.com www.delanastevens.com ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC PO Box 58181 – Nashville, TN – 37205 - (615) 7477-9714 - email@example.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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