We are in an OV Wright state of mind today got there firstly by listening to Leon Bridges records and then thinking immediately (because Leon is like the OV or Otis for today) of Dana Masters (top) confirmed to play the Soho Pizza in January in a plum booking for the club. Dana, from South Carolina living in Northern Ireland for many years, and until recently a backing singer with Van Morrison gelling especially when Sumudu was in the band say on 'Transformation', does a fine version of 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. OV's version is the one we like most even more than Otis Redding's although Dana's is closer to the Otis.
We heard Dana sing the Roosevelt Jamison classic in Derry once and that was enough to get into her sound for good. As a songwriter we liked the singer's original 'Crossing Lines' probably best of hers that we know. She has a gospel pedigree as well, and is a fine tambourine player, and when covering pop has a good affinity with Corinne Bailey Rae when she covers 'Like a Star'. Her bands usually are mainly jazz players.
Read more, Dana in Belfast at Out to Lunch