Anywhere But Here
Dayna Malow is a Chicago based vocalist and composer. Her debut album, Anywhere but here, a collection of 11 original songs, was released last October on Jabberwocky Records. Since then the album has received much recognition and numerous accolades. The title track of the album was chosen as a finalist in the Chick Singer Night Songwriting Competition--meaning that the executives at the WB and FOX considered it one of the top 12 songs submitted in a national search. 'Anywhere but here' appears on a compilation disc, The Sound of Women's Dreams. Dayna shares the honor of having her song appear along side that of Grammy Award winning artist, Lari White. The CD is distributed nationally by CSN and sold on their website. (A second tune 'Remember Who Home Is' was a semifinalist in the same competition.) The song 'Anywhere but here' was also the winner of Chicago Music Guide's 'Music Madness' competition. A 6 round web poll competition between a variety of local artists. Dayna has spent many years mastering her art. Those years started at The University of Miami, where she was a member of the University's award winning vocal group, Jazz Vocal I (JV1). While a member, the group received a 1998 Downbeat Award and also had the privilege of performing with John Secada. Upon graduating, Dayna earned a degree in Jazz Vocal Studies and Studio Music. Once returning to Chicago, Dayna hit the music scene hard. She became the lead female vocalist of 'Speakeasy Swing', appeared on VH-1 Rock Across America, opened for Billy Raye Cyrus and was featured on Big Chicago Records 1999 release Jump N Jive Chicago. She then toured the Midwest as lead vocalist for the Milwaukee based 'Orphans' and opened for national acts, including the Doobie Brothers and John Hiatt, playing fairs and festivals like Harley Davidson's 'Hogfest' and Milwaukee's world renowned 'Summerfest'. In late 2000, Dayna was cast in the world premiere of the a capella musical,'Klub Kokomo'. The five-person Kokomo a capella group performed nightly sets with Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Most recently, in Dayna's solo pursuit, she has recorded with the great harmonica legend, Howard Levy, (appearing on 'Anywhere but here'), and opened for Elektra recording artist, Alana Davis, and EMI recording artist, Michael McDermott. She has appeared at some of the midwest's largest and most prestigious events and festivals including Chicago's annual Country Music Festival, Chicago's 'Race for the Cure', Green Bay 'Bayfest', and was 1st runner up at Indiana 105's Colgate Country Showdown. Songs from Dayna's new album have been heard on WIXN, FM Country 102, out of Dixon Illinois, Chicago's WBEZ 848 program, Indiana Country 105, Chicago's 88.9 WRRG, and the Kevin Matthew's show on Chicago's talk radio WCKG, as well as various internet and overseas stations As a composer, Dayna has accomplished much in the short time she has been writing commercially. Her song 'Duermo en las calle', written by herself, Fred Scott, Alberto Gaitan, Ed Williams, and Emilio Estefan, was recently released by Cuban artist (and former grammy nominee) Albita Rodriguez. The song can already be heard on Spanish radio stations throughout the Southeast. In addition to her solo pursuit, Dayna also performs with the USO troupe providing entertainment at special events and military installations throughout the midwest. The United Service Organization (USO ) is a charitable organization who provide morale, welfare, and recreation to service personnel and their families. This fall Dayna will be recording her new album in Nashville, TN, to be produced by Doug Sisemore, musical director for Reba McEntire and will feature some of Nashville's finest musicians. Currently, she is busy performing and promoting her upcoming album and continues to write and collaborate with other talented composers including Keith Uchima of A&R Recording House, the aforementioned Chris Cash, the writers of Estefan Enterprises, and Chicago based singer/songwriter Mark Lonsway.