Originally from Stratford Ontario, Dayna Manning grew up in a musical family and launched a professional songwriting career at 16, releasing two albums on EMI Music Canada, the first of which was nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Artist.
Her songs drew industry praise from Billboard Magazine and led to working with Sean Ono Lennon, as well as luminary LA-based producer Jim Scott. Manning toured extensively as a duo with cellist Kevin Fox, performed with Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, and Radiohead, toured nationally with Burton Cummings and Joe Cocker, and was part of Lilith Fair.
After six years in the major label music industry, Manning felt disoriented and found refuge in northern BC to work, reflect, and reconnect with her musical heart. There she released Folkyo, a refreshingly independent album that showcased her wide range of writing styles, and further demonstrated her acumen as an arranger and producer.
In 2011 Manning, along with friends Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler, formed the Canadian folk trio Trent Severn, penning all original songs about the land and people they love. In a few short years the trio’s unique "Canadiana" approach and stage show landed festival appearances, a feature article in MacLean’s, a CBC live recording, two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the honour of singing the national anthem on Parliament Hill for the Canada Day flag-raising, and musical guest appearances at their shows by none other than Commander Chris Hadfield.
Recently, Manning completed producing and engineering Trent Severn's third album PORTAGE, (June 2017) and has begun recording a collection of songs for a fourth solo recording.
Her musicianship is striking, her stage manner seasoned, and her songwriting is simply skilled. Her voice is unmistakable, reminding listeners of Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton all at once.
With a new music in the works, her recent solo performances mark a much anticipated fourth solo album.
She is known to pick up any instrument needed in the studio, and in addition to piano and acoustic guitar, has played banjo, bass, electric guitar, and even drums on her records.
Dayna has studied:
- Suzuki Method Piano
- Royal Conservatory Piano
- Royal Conservatory Voice
Dayna continues to take vocal and guitar training with top professionals whenever possible.
To view Dayna's instrument collection click here.