Hailed as the new Janis Joplin, even before she played the legendary rock icon in an off-Broadway musical, Dana Fuchs is a raspy-voiced blues-rock-soul singer and songwriter whose versatile career has embraced music, theater, and film. Born in New Jersey in 1976, she later moved to the small rural town of Wildwood, Florida with her musically oriented family, where, at age 12, she began singing in the First Baptist Gospel Choir.
Inspired by her parents’ Ray Charles and Hank Williams record collection, she moved to New York City to sing the blues after leaving high school, where she teamed up with Jon Diamond, a seasoned guitarist who had previously performed with Joan Osborne. Together, they formed the Dana Fuchs Band, which built up a reputation as one of the best live acts on the city’s blues circuit, paving the way for Fuchs to land the lead role in the Eric Nederlander production of Randall Myler’s Janis Joplin musical, 'Love, Janis'.
In 2003, they released their first album, 'Lonely for a Lifetime’, through Antler King Records, but Fuchs put the band on hold until 2008 in order to concentrate on silver screen commitments. She starred as Sadie in Julie Taymor’s 2007 Beatles-based musical romantic drama 'Across the Universe’, singing two solos ('Helter Skelter' and 'Why Don't We Do It in the Road'), made a brief cameo in the 2008 ensemble piece 'New York, I Love You', and wrote and performed on the soundtrack to the Maggie Gyllenhaal movie, 'Sherrybaby'.
From there, she ignited performance stages all over the world’s blues-rock circuit with her burnt-honey vocal and bruisingly honest songwriting. Meanwhile, her band’s acclaimed studio catalogue grew steadily in acclaim, with 2011’s 'Love To Beg' toasted as Classic Rock’s blues album of the month, 2013’s Bliss Avenue dubbed 'blisteringly good' by the UK’s Bluesdoodles and 2015’s acoustic album, 'Broken Down'.
Now Blues Matters declares, 'Out of darkness comes light and a reborn Dana Fuchs, armed with the album of her life, Love Lives On. New label. New city. New sound. And new horizons for an artist who deserves to realize her dizzying potential”. Dana Fuchs is one of the best blues singers out there. Period. Her voice is phenomenal. Great, raw powerful, distinctive vocals. Love Lives On is really a terrific album...9.5 out of 10, and we don’t give out a lot of 9.5’'; - Blues Rock Review.
Dana is on tour in support of her latest Memphis soul-blues album, 'Love Lives On'.