Happy 2 Be Nappy
Alana DaCosta Singer, Songwriter, Poet The harmonious vibes of this Songstress flows through the underground of main-street music and the passion expressed in her live performances shed some light on the original roots of soul music-life's lessons. Indeed, the addictive vocal arrangements of Alana have an impact on her audience. Her style of singing is controlled, captivating and inspirational. Her gift of song opens the minds of her listeners and arouses a new depth of soul music. Her distinctive sound extends beyond boundaries as she consistently blends nu-soul with grooves and vibes of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, and a drop of funk. Born in Bronx, New York, to Jamaican parents, Alana, as a toddler would hum the tunes of singers ranging from Gregory Isaac to Donna Summer. Alana's mother would often encourage her only child to entertain herself with her favorite 'toy' in their home, her mother's turntable. Alana's exposure to various musical genres at a young age influenced her singing and songwriting styles. She began her musical endeavors at the early age of 7, performing in school plays, charity events and talents shows. By the time she was ten, Alana began writing poetry, competing in oratorical contests, and playing the trumpet in jazz and concert bands. Two years later, she enrolled at the Dillard Center of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; where she excelled in her chosen track of voice and instrumental training. As a student, Alana performed throughout Florida and Bahamas with some of the most talented musicians and singers such as Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson. A graduate of the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C., Alana's strong passion for helping others influenced her decision to study Psychology as well as Music, with a concentration in Voice and Jazz studies. She continued to excel in her studies and performed throughout the Baltimore and DC area. 'One day my music will touch the minds, hearts and souls of people across the world, and will increase one's motivation for self discovery, collective consciousness of one's purpose, and the desire to live life freely, with no regrets, only lessons.' says Alana, a songwriter who truly understands and respects the healing power of music and conveys her artistic mission through her songs. Since returning to South Florida in 2001, Alana has performed at numerous venues including the premiere screening of Erykah Badu's short film documentary 'Hair Stories' at the elegant Nikki Beach Club in South Beach and received admirable reviews from audiences at Seminole Hard Rock, Lakesplash Festival (Switzerland), Cameleon Fesival (France) and the South Florida Unifest. In the lab, Alana has recorded background vocals for various artists and has shared the stage with well-known international artists such as Freddie Jackson, Beres Hammond, Annette Brisette, Luciano, Maxi Priest, and Marcia Griffiths. Alana has also performed at colleges and universities throughout the United Statesand is working on her debut solo album, 'My Smoke' which is scheduled for an upcoming release. Alana's first single from the album, 'Happy 2 Be Nappy' is an eclectic piece that crosses cultural boundaries and allows her listeners to feel the impact of her musical influences; ranging from the legendary Bob Marley to renowned singers Nina Simone, Rochelle Farrell, and Lauryn Hill. With the drive and passion felt in her music, there is no doubt, that this talented young lady is destined to leave her own mark in the world and make her artistic mission a reality.