Dana is a singer/songwriter and film composer from Rapid City, South Dakota who has considered Southern California his home for a decade now. Shortly after arriving here to attend Musicians Institute in Hollywood, he met producer Dale Kimberlin and Gwen Gordy (sister of legendary Berry Gordy). This chance meeting began a four year relationship working at Park Hill Music Gwen Gordy Studios in a number of duties including Studio Musician, Musical Director and Producer.
"When I first came to Southern California, it was depressing." admits Parker. "I felt like I had to compete. Now, I've reached a happy medium and I don't feel like I have to compete anymore."
After the death of Gwen Gordy and the subsequent death of Kimberlin, Parker knew a change was in order. Dana went on to further his education by attending Fullerton College and transferring on to receive his Masters degree from Cal State LA. To this date Dana has five released albums and has shared the stage with such artists as Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, Jars of Clay, Poncho Sanchez, Lee Ritenour, Ricky Woodard, Billy Mitchel, Huey Lewis and the News, The Kingston Trio, and many more.
Parker has recorded and produced over thirty albums with artists like Carl Wilson (Beach Boys), Billy Hinche (Beach Boys), Michael Woods (America), Phil Jones (Tom Petty) and writes television and film music for Access Hollywood (NBC), Sunset Tan (E!), Style Network, King of the Cage (pay-per view) and the United Way to name just a few.
This Fullerton College alum is a true musical rarity whose style is immediately accessible even while defying easy classification. Dana's unique ability to blend jazz, pop, blues and occasional bits of classical and electronica takes him into a category of his own.
"I've never been told I sound like anyone else," says Parker "and I'm really thankful for that."