About Dana Romanello
Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl once said, “Take the back roads instead of the highways.” This statement encompasses the musical journey singer/songwriter Dana Romanello has been on for as long as she can remember. It was no question that music was going to play a huge part in Dana’s life. Her grandpa was a local musician, and her dad, along with her aunt and uncle, had formed a bluegrass band and played around their hometown of Lucasville, Ohio. At her grandpa's side, Dana gave her first performance of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" at just three years old and began performing regularly with her family's band at age nine.
Through the years, she became very accomplished in the River Cities Dance Company with Tammy Jo’s Studio in Greenup, Kentucky, along with school activities and showing market hogs in 4-H. After auditioning and being accepted into the music program at Marshall University, she began studying Music Education with an emphasis in Voice. A former NCA All-American, she earned a spot as a cheerleader for the Thundering Herd and she was also involved in Opera for Youth, a program designed to introduce children to classical music, Huntington Outdoor Theater, Marshall University Chorus, and the Marshall University Dance Theater. Dana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Music.
Through college she began working at local country station WTCR as a board operator, which later; through the help of the late Dave Poole, led her to an internship in the promotion department at Universal Music Group/MCA and Mercury Records. She graduated from Marshall in December and on January third, she moved to Nashville for good. With no job and not quite three hundred dollars to her name, she moved in with a friend of a friend and slept on her couch for three months, working at Guitar Center and doing choreography jobs for a high school cheerleading squad. Soon after, she landed a job on Music Row and also became a cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans; all while honing her songwriting skills and soaking in all of the many facets of the entertainment business.
After two seasons with the Titans, she put her own band together and began working even harder on finding her place in Nashville’s music industry. She has worked with Ricky Skaggs as his promotion and publicity coordinator for Skaggs Family Records, she is currently working in affiliate relations for American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, she is a Leadership Bluegrass alumnus, has been a showcase songwriter for the International Bluegrass Music Association and she has been featured in Country Weekly Magazine. She will also spend the holidays performing in Louise Mandrell’s Joy to the World Christmas show at Opryland for the second year in 2009.
Each “back road” has been very colorful and has shaped Dana’s spirit into the person and musician she has become. None of us know where the road will lead us, but as long as you have a destination in mind, sometimes it’s better to buckle up and take the back roads as Minnie Pearl suggests. With her heart and dedication, Dana Romanello is sure to reach her destination.