A young singer/songwriter and speaker, Dana Catherine travels throughout the U.S. to encourage and inspire others with her songs and witness. When she's not traveling, she serves as a youth minister in Raleigh, NC. Growing up in a Catholic family, Dana always had a strong faith, but it wasn’t until she went to college at UNC Chapel Hill that her relationship with God truly deepened. Through the ups and downs of college life, Dana began to understand that true and lasting happiness, peace, and purpose is found in Christ alone. Only then did she realize that God was calling her to step out and share His truth and love with others using the musical gifts she was given. Now, Dana finds abundant joy in allowing the Lord to use her and her music for His greater glory.
For as long as she can remember, Dana always loved to sing and began to write songs around the time she was in middle school. Dana often describes the songs she writes as prayers from her to God. Now that she shares these “prayer songs” with others, Dana hopes to inspire listeners to place all their trust in God and completely surrender their hearts and lives to Him.
Dana independently released her debut album, Glorious Horizons, in September 2015. After signing with a new Christian record label, Rekindle Records, Dana recently released her first single, “My Savior in Me,” which she penned after leading Praise and Worship Adoration one night. Dana wrote the song with two thoughts in mind: 1) We are all weak, sinful, and flawed, and 2) God wants to use us to spread His love and life despite those weaknesses and imperfections. The upbeat melody and energized rhythm of “My Savior in Me” certainly convey the joy and hope found in this message.
At just 23 years old, Dana's music and bold witness have led her to perform and speak at high schools, youth rallies, conferences and other diocesan youth events alongside nationally known speakers, including Leah Darrow, Father Michael Gaitley and Abby Johnson. She’s also played at numerous retreats, including those led by accomplished author and speaker, Father Jacques Philippe. Dana has been featured as a guest on SiriusXM, and her music can be heard on radio stations across the U.S., including Catholic Playlist Show and Immaculate Heart Radio.
A skillful songwriter, blending captivating melodies with raw and honest lyrics, Dana has written every song on her debut album and those you’ll hear on her next. She recently completed an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to support the production of her sophomore album, which surpassed its fundraising goal within the first two weeks. Now, Dana and her team are preparing to get in the studio to start working on Album #2.