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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Jahnel Daliya - Ja-nel Da-lee-uh
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Story behind your band/artist name: My mother thought the name sounded pretty and wanted to make people work to pronounce it. I also struggle with picking an official band name. So until then, we are me. Jahnel Daliya
Band Members: Jahnel- lead vocals and guitar, John Wooten on bass, Cynthia Marie on keys and backing vocals, I alternate between drummers, they are both apart of my band, Elena Lacayo on percussion and Andrew Gabor on percussion. Sometimes we are joined by an extra guitarist.
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I live in Stafford VA but I perform mostly in Arlington and DC. I had my first paid gig in DC in 2015 and have focused on performing in Northern Virginia and DC. I travel 45 minutes to an hour to rehearse with DC band members or play shows. It's a well worth it work commute.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1) Last year we played 3 shows in what seemed like the hottest weekend of August and Elena played the drums shirtless, we also may have had mild heat stroke.
2) I drove my band to a gig in Adams Morgan and after they unloaded all our gear to take into the venue I drove around looking for parking for 20 minutes, then I ran...RAN to the gig and once inside I joined them on stage and we started our first song. I don't know where I found the breath.
3) I might have hit (bumped) a car while parking for that Adams Morgan gig.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I was inspired the the amazing talent in DC to pursue music. My husband made a comment at a Blake Shelton concert about how these musicians get to do what they love for a living. I started thinking how I never even put myself out there, how I never really gave songwriting a shot. This thought process was the beginning of my music journey and I'm so glad I explored it. My debut ep released in june 2017 and I joined a classic rock/top 40 cover band in the spring of 2017.
Official Website URL: https://www.jahneldaliya.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/musicbyjah/
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ia4uEU97tPgHaZSJRPm6H
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: Folk, Folk Rock, Folk Pop, Pop Rock, Soul Pop