Diana Drew first stepped out on stage singing and playing the guitar at age seven. She was trained vocally by her father, a professional opera singer with the New York City Centre Opera Co, gold medalist at Julliard School of Music and was on Broadway. At eleven years of age, three record companies were knocking on her door, but were declined in favour of a ‘normal’ childhood.
Diana Drew earned an honours degree (B.F.A.) in music at York University. She has sung professionally for many years at many venues including the Skydome, Maple Leaf Gardens, BMO Stadium, CNE, hotels, with special performances with the York Symphony Orchestra, for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts, and the Toronto Blue Jays to name a few.
She has worked professionally on television, radio, video, film and musical theatre. Diana has formal training in voice, acting and five instruments. She has had the great privilege to sing for the likes of Oscar Peterson, Anne Murray, Russell Malone, Lorne Lofsky, Norman Amadio, Eric Traugott, and Eric Schultz to name a few jazz greats in the music industry.
One special thing that makes Diana unique is her story regarding her survival of two cancers, one of which was in her throat. Her doctor had told her in 2000 that she may never be able to sing again. With perseverance and patience, she miraculously relearned how to sing around her scars from the surgeries.
Her voice is a testimony to determination, willpower and strength of spirit. Her vocals have been described as rich, smoky and full-bodied to intimate, sparkling and genuine.