Aspiring female singers. These days, they’re coming out of the woodwork. You can find a Ciara or Beyonce or Monica wannabe on every block.
And although she admits there was more than a bit of trepidation several months ago as she prepared to move to New York (“Oh Lord! What am I doing?”), she now oozes self-assurance, self-reliance and utter fearlessness – about her education (she is a musical theater major who gushes about the unique high she gets while acting and singing on stage, vs. recording in a booth) as well as her budding career. And she is breathlessly looking forward to fall for another reason: her mom and sister are moving to New York to be near her. “It feels really right,” she beamed.
“I’ll be trying to make some big things happen,” Harper said. “I’m gonna be auditioning, I’m gonna be on Broadway," she said.
Harper is quick to heap praise on producers Josh Goode and Bradley Prakope, and her childhood best friend and singer-songwriter Chanise Condren, also 19. Condren, who admits that in real life she has none of the worldly experience (man problems, life without the parents under the same roof, etc.) she writes about in her songs, said since she knows Dana so well, she was able to “get into her head and write from her viewpoint.”
"I plan to continue writing for and with (Harper) for as long as she will have me,” she giggled. Of their friendship, she proclaimed “Dana has just always been there. We have been friends since we were little." Like Harper, Condren, who penned several songs on Be Alive, including the tender, yet empowering Hummingbird, is possessed of the type of depth and wisdom not often found in a 25-year-old, let alone a 19-year-old. Their parents should be incredibly proud of these talented, beautiful (and did I mention talented?) young women.
Be Alive is good stuff, people. Go to Dana Harper's Myspace page and check out Hummingbird. One listen, and you are likely to head straight to i-Tunes or Amazon.com to purchase the CD.
Oh, and no worries ... you can thank me later!