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Dayna Manning


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Folk-based pop

Status:

Most recent release, Folkyo (2006)

See also:

Dayna Manning's site

Comparisons:

Early Joni Mitchell vocally

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

See comments below

Comments about live performance:

It made me want to break out the Kraft cheese, it was so corny! Anyway, I really liked Dayna's main stage set at Toronto Lilith in the summer, but I thought this show made her look average at best. Then again, I have the same opinion about her CD—I think she has some growing to do both musically and vocally. Or maybe I'm just not a big enough fan of that folky style of hers. I'll be interested to see how she develops. (3/98, carnivore@bigfoot.com)

Wednesday night Dayna Manning played the same intimate venue, and she mentioned being very happy to be back home after a mini tour of the US. Indeed she positively glowed, and repeatedly remarked about how happy she was and how good she was feeling. I won't speculate whether simply being home was the source of all that happiness. Anyway, her performance was quite good, far better than the one I'd seen a couple of months ago which was somewhat disappointing. I've decided I just love her song "Walking on the Moon" which she says was the first song she ever wrote. I still haven't heard her CD, but this young woman is capable of putting on some darn good shows. She also has a terrific cellist and backup vocalist, Kevin Fox. He added so much to the show for me, both with his string instrument and his startlingly good falsetto backup vox. (kamesan@geocities.com)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


Volume 1

Release info:

1997—Nettwerk

Availability:

See Dayna Manning's site for availability

Ecto priority:

Recommended for folk/pop fans

Group members:

Dayna Manning—vocals, guitar, piano

Guest artists include:

Sean Lennon—guitar, bass and organ

Produced by:

Ray Coburn

Comments:

I loved her debut. I'm just really impressed by this girl's singing, lyrics, and variety. (jjhanson@att.net)

Shades

Release info:

2002—EMI Canada

Availability:

Wide in Canada

Ecto priority:

Recommended for folk/pop fans

Group members:

Dayna Manning—vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano

Guest artists:

Neal Casal—guitar
Greg Liesz—pedal steel guitar
John Ginty—piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ, Arp synthesizer
Bob Glaub—bass
Don Heffington—drums

Produced by:

Dave Hodge, Jim Scott

Comments:

A compelling sophomore effort from this great young Canadian singer-songwriter. Edges more toward pop than her debut, but "Miracle" is one of the best feel-good pop songs of the year. (jjhanson@att.net)

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