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Guess What

by Dakota

A female rock/pop duo with rich harmonies and heavy blues influences.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Guess What DAKOTA
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2. Blind DAKOTA
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3. Breathe DAKOTA
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4. All Right DAKOTA
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5. Nowhere DAKOTA
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6. Playin' the Life DAKOTA
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7. Invisible Me DAKOTA
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8. I Don't Want to Know DAKOTA
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9. Quiet Days DAKOTA
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10. Just One Night DAKOTA
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11. In the Bar Tonight DAKOTA
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12. Life in a Northern Town DAKOTA
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Album Notes
During rehearsal with her band, Dakota, Michelle Hemmer has been known to suddenly launch into a flaming acoustic rendition of Poison's "Every Rose Has its Thorn," complete with heavy metal facial expressions. Hemmer's had a long love affair with 80's hair bands (she'll proudly show you a photo of her teenage self backstage with Bret Michaels), but she's somehow managed to fuse it with a wide spectrum of musical influences that includes the Indigo Girls, Counting Crows and the Eagles to produce a hauntingly original style.

Michelle started writing and playing guitar while she was a student at Ohio University. After moving to LA she became frustrated with performing as a solo artist. "When I sing," she says, "I always hear a second melody in my head. I hate singing by myself because I always feel like there is something missing." To add more texture, she teamed up with Georgia-born singer Claudette Powell, who eventually started co-writing. Hemmer and Powell worked out intricate, unorthodox harmonies and counter-melodies to their songs and quickly laid down a rich vocal foundation.

Since Dakota was founded in Fall 2000, they have built a respectable fan base and won the admiration of the hard-to-impress L.A. music community. Music Connection Magazine just included them in its annual "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list, and they just completed a 12-song CD that represents a small sampling of their sizable original catalog and their best sound to date.

Dakota continues to write and record until the mass market catches on, but in the meantime they're ecstatic about their rising popularity. "The biggest compliment we ever got," says Powell, "was when these two gigantic, scary, heavy-metal guys came walking up to us after a show and told us how much they loved it. One of them said, 'Dude, that chick rock kicks ASS!'"


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A Must-Have CD for ALL!!! A great add to any collection.
This is one of those cds I cannot stop listening to. The music does not miss a beat, the sound is a very acoustic rock. The harmony of the vocals is incredible, you would think that the two girls were sisters and grew up together singing harmony which is not the case. Their vocals blend well. The lyrics are deep yet well-founded, speaks to the soul. I honestly need one cd for my car,one for my stereo,and one for the computer. I think no matter what genre you listen to you will appreciate this cd.


Guess What? They're Good.
In a music climate over saturated with lip-synching pop stars and underage eye-candy, it's refreshing to discover an act whose revealing lyrics and angelic harmonies have the power to restore one’s faith in the art of songwriting.

With tracks as deep and diverse as the women themselves, Guess What is one of those albums that demands repeat attention. Upon first listening, the richly textured harmonies are so precise; they almost overshadow the insightful poetry of their verse. Guess What features an eclectic array of sounds that will call to mind the early works of bands such as The Eagles, Heart and The Indigo Girls.

For an unsigned duo’s first full-length release, there are at least six potential singles on this album, more than you’ll find on most of today’s major label releases. These girls posses a signature sound that could breathe a breath of fresh air to today’s music scene if only given the chance. A MUST-OWN, even for the skeptical.

Jack (Darsha's Friend)

Great Cd Great Music..
Sounds are relaxing and a great voice..

Leila Florentino

These girls rock!
These girls rock. Great songs! My personal favorite is Guess What. Harmonies are beautiful. Breathe gives me chills every time I play it. My daughter loves to dance to this album!
You should see them play live. They're very good and very funny too! I have a blast every time I watch their shows!