‘A little bit country and a whole lot of rock and roll’ describes the music of singer-songwriter Dahlia Wakefield, whose voice has the power of Carrie Underwood, the sweet sound of Jewel mixed with the edgy growl of Kelly Clarkson. Her new single, "All The Way to Heaven", written by Dean McTaggart, Gerald O'Brien, and Catt Gravitt, is a beautiful song about undying love that transcends time and space. Dahlia looks forward to recording a brand new album, and this is the lead single.
Dahlia officially independently released her last album, “Full Circle” at Overtime Taphouse and Grill to a full house on March 11, 2012. The songs on that recording were mostly written in the wee hours of the night while her children were asleep. Three producers – two from Edmonton – Gerry Dere and Tommy Schaaf as well as Winnipeg producer Jim Stoeber have lent their amazing talents to "Full Circle", which represented her return to music.
Dahlia recently had the opportunity of a lifetime where she sang the national anthems for the 2012 Edmonton Indy, opened for famous Filipina band “Aegis” at the River Cree Casino, and also performed as part of a group for the Opening Ceremonies for the Women’s Baseball World Cup at Telus Field in August 2012. Dahlia was recently interviewed on OMNI TV's "V-Mix" TV show, where she also sung her song "Magic Wand". Dahlia regularly performs solo, as a duo or trio act, and also with a full 4 or 5-piece band, depending on the venue.
Dahlia was born in the Philippines, but was raised in Canada - specifically, the small rural town of Maidstone, Saskatchewan. She fronted a few bands in Lloydminster, Alberta, but left when rock ’n’ roll and the bright lights of the big city of Edmonton, Alberta beckoned. Armed with fierce determination, a love of music, a whole lot of talent and a look as exotic as the flower she was named after, Dahlia headed to Edmonton where the start of a great future lay in front of her. Formal training at Grant MacEwan University, where she graduated with Distinction, sharpened Dahlia’s songwriting skills, while belting it out in cover bands by night honed her live chops. Her past influences are Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Amanda Marshall, Jann Arden, Alanis Morrisette, Shania Twain, and many others.
Having released one self-titled CD in 2000, full length albums “Close To Home” (2003), “Down This Road” (2006), and more recently “Full Circle” (2012) on her independent label Squirrelly Girl Music, Dahlia knows music will always be her passion in life, especially when it comes to co-producing her music. Dahlia has received full rotation commercial airplay with her single “Let’s Talk About Love” on local & online stations, in Europe and Australia. Many of her songs have been played on CBC Radio. She has appeared on telethons, TV shows, performed at festivals and casinos in Edmonton with trio The X-Factor. Dahlia has been a finalist in 6 international songwriting competitions, has songs on 5 compilation CDs, has recorded backup vocals for many artists and lead vocals for several bands. She has just released a video on YouTube for her single “Simple Things”.
In 2007 and 2009, Dahlia gave birth to two beautiful girls. Balancing motherhood with music has been a welcome challenge. “Though my family will always come first, I’m like a fish out of water without music in my life … I’m really glad to be back on the scene”, she confesses. Becoming a vocal coach in March 2011 at Cooper Studios has reawakened her passion for music and wholeheartedly enjoys teaching emerging artists realize their full potential.
With her love of music, powerhouse vocal presence, and plans to release her brand new single “All The Way To Heaven” on 12/12/12/, Dahlia Wakefield is already proving she is in it for the long haul.