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Tunes on the Battlefield – coming soon…

New album in progress! Like many Artists over the last year, I’ve been immersing myself in various forms of Creation; painting and writing, and letting new music come through. I couldn’t be more relieved to feel so connected to songwriting during these times. Gonna have the full band on this new album, I’m working with an absolutely stellar pack of noise makers who are gonna help me bring out the full potential of these songs. Day 1 back at Warm Glow Studios was already smashing good fun, I’m looking forward to the rest of the Journey.

Killer album art by Julia Lichty

Virtual Venue Love Fest 2021

A day-long, online music festival to benefit our beloved Madison music venues ❤

“This year, Valentine’s day is going to be extra sweet and full of love for Madison’s local music venues! Four stages, five studio production teams, and twelve local bands and artists will all be teaming up together for a day-long virtual music festival in hopes of raising funds for dozens of local music spots that have been impacted by the state of things over the last year. Artists like Kat & The Hurricane, Old Soul Society, Dana & The Joanis, Kevin Mason, People Brothers Band, and more will be streaming live and “on location” from the stages themselves at Bos Mead Hall, Communication, Cafe Coda, and The Bur Oak. Madison music lovers will be able to donate and watch some of their favorite local bands playing on some of their favorite stages – on either Facebook or YouTube – all day long, 12-9PM. It’s already shaping up to be one of the coolest virtual collabs yet!”

2020 MAMA Awards Winner!

Well hey! We got some awards of Love at the 2020 Virtual MAMA Awards this year! Folk/Americana Performer of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year for my EP “Kill the Rockstar”, and “Dana & The Joanis” won for Unique Artist of the Year. A great big huge hug-n-a-thank-you goes out to the MAMA and to those in the community that voted and donated dollars to the cause ❤

Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location

Running all things musical at Cargo Coffee East has been great fun for me for over a year now. As much as it hurts my heart that we can’t have in-person shows right now, I’m so very excited to be bringing about the Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location! We’ve been inviting the Artists to live stream from our little blue corner stage at Cargo. I’ve been learning about live streaming through OBS, working with 4 cameras and my fun little video switcher, and getting great doses of live music. Hopefully we can have an in-person audience some day soon, but for now we can tune in on Saturdays to catch some of Madison’s favorite local musicians. We’ve also got our own Cargo Music YouTube channel now!

The 2020 MAMA Award nominations are in! Go HERE to vote.

Lullaby Project Carnegie Hall

The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. Extending across the country and around the world, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities…”

Here in Madison, our Lullaby Project crew got to work with mothers through Harambee Village, an amazing group of Black doulas providing support and care for Black mothers. We worked with 5 moms on writing a song for their babies, and the whole Experience was just beautiful. Being able to help a mother express her Love through song…watching the kids dancing and singing along…being around the warrior strength of new mothers, the wisdom and guidance of Black women…seeing the absolute dedication and passion of Harambee Village…they didn’t say in the paperwork I was gonna cry so much…

– Dana

Angela Puerta and Dana – Lullaby Project Madison – “Sleep Little Rosie”

A Quarantine Virtual Collaboration

“…we’re gonna sit right here ’til we all come outta this…”

The covid crisis stormed in and slapped us all with a cold hard calloused hand. People all over the world sick and dying…businesses forced to close…people forced to say in their homes…no touching…no hugging…no gathering for music… all of it breaking my soul.

I wanted to create a song to help get the feels out and give me a sense of hope and Connection to my music tribe while we’re all going through this. A very rare move on my part, I reached out to some other killer songwriters I know; whose music speaks elements of Truth, and could help me say it. Together we created something beautiful and healing, and it gives me hope.

– Dana


New video

It’s Only Water – Kill the Rock Star EP

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  1. Hi Dana, my girlfriend and I are huge fans of your music! I was wondering if you have cds for purchase? Also if you have any apparel for purchase as well?
    Thank you for your time!


    1. hello there, thanks for reaching out! I’m so sorry I didn’t see this message sooner! All of my music is available digitally at musicbydana.bandcamp.com. I don’t currently have the other merch available online; but if you send me an email at musicbydanaperry@gmail.com I’d be happy to send you pics of what I have, and potentially mail something to you if you see something you like 🙂


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