Dayna Manning is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer songwriters.
When she was in her teens she had a hit song on the radio. Soon after that she found herself, in the words of Joni Mitchell, “Stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song.”
At times the chat you are about to listen to unfolds like an episode of the popular TV show “Nashville”…except it’s not a TV show.
This is the story of a real person, trying to make a difference in her community, and the world, through music.
We discuss Tom Petty’s influence, working with Grammy award winning music producer Jim Scott, Dayna’s contribution to Stratford, Ontario’s Heritage Square committee, and her sojourn in northern British Columbia.
As well as having a successful solo career, these days Dayna is playing sold out concerts with Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler as part of the popular trio Trent Severn.
We talk about the writing process behind some of their songs.
Dayna Manning’s website
Trent Severn’s Website
The Artist’s Way
Stratford Festival favourite, and Sheridan College musical theatre program grad, Chillina Kennedy starred in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” I spoke to Kennedy while she was backstage on Broadway.
We talk about how Kennedy’s previous Broadway roles had an impact on her creative process for playing Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”
Kennedy has a young son and we discuss the paradox of being a parent on Broadway.
Kennedy is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, her most recent CD “What You Find in a Bottle” is an evocative compilation of intimate songs she wrote during, and after,
the break-up of a relationship.
We discuss how she found the strength to write about these deeply personal moments in her life and the musicians Kennedy chose to work with, some of whom she met while performing at the Stratford Festival, including the Festival’s former Director of Music Rick Fox and percussionist Graham Hargrove.
Chilina Kennedy’s web site.
Chilina Kennedy on Twitter.
Chilina’s CD on Amazon.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical in Toronto.
Reviews of Chilina’s appearance in “West Side Story” that Toronto Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian selected as his favorite musical during his 15 year career as theatre critic.
Chilina Kennedy CD Giveawat