DANAH is an emerging R&B singer and songwriter. Born and Raised in Sydney, Danah (Dana Gilden)is currently living in Israel after making Aliyah.
She found love for R&B music at an early age “I just connected to the soul in the voices and fell in love with all that R&B is”
Danah, who holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance has spent the last few years fine tuning her writing skills and takes inspiration from her studies in Roots, Jazz and Pop music.
In 2016, Danah started working with Top 10 ARIA CHART producer Jhay Cabrera (Jhay C) on her track ‘Side Effects’, drawing on Cabrera’s expertise in RnB Music and showcasing Danah's abilities as a songwriter and a singer. The song became a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Inspired by artists such as Jhene Aiko and Tinashe, the singer/songwriter stays unique with her own style, enhanced through the use of warm ethereal synths and pads to capture the mood of the song, along with reverse pianos, arpeggiated synths, orchestral strings, and 808s.
Writing lyrics is where Danah prides herself, coming up with creative ways of weaving words together to create meaning. Danah's writing comes from a personal place, relating to herself or those around her. The singer doesn’t hold back from speaking the truth in her lyrics - whether it’s about love, loss, pain, addiction or life in general. Her honesty is what listeners will connect with, and she tries to keep her lyrics open to interpretation allowing listeners to create their own unique meaning.
Melodically, lyrically and vocally Danah is inspired by artists such as Jhene Aiko, Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone, Toni Braxton, Melanie Fiona, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Tinashe, Khelani, Frank Ocean, Eminem and The Weekend.
Much like her idol, Jhene, her style is what is known as future or new generation R&B - a sound that lies between that of Sade or Aaliyah and current artists like Tinashe, Frank Ocean, or The Weekend. It is fusion of urban, rhythmic and electronic-pop sounds, influenced by hip-hop and R&B.
Drawing you into the track with her pop-tinged, smooth and sensual vocals matched with descriptive lyrics that float above the beat, Danah sings about the highs and lows of love. Taking inspiration from the people around her, ‘Side Effects’ looks at the concept of being addicted to love similarly to a drug.
With an in depth understanding of the music industry, Danah has independently crafted her career from the ground up and isn’t planning on slowing down. Watch this space!