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Dear Darling

Dear Darling

Dear Darling is the nom de plume of the Sacramento-based trio of Natalie Hagwood (cello and voice), Casey Lipka (bass and voice) and Hannah Jane Kile (guitar and voice). Together, their joyous meld of jazz, folk, classical and pop delivers a fresh new sound that is being recognized both locally and nationally.

Happenstance and the Covid lockdown brought the three “Darlings” together in late 2019. Casey Lipka and Hannah Jane Kile immediately bonded after the two met while performing in the thriving Sacramento music scene. Natalie Hagwood and CaseyLipka joined forces after Lipka hired Hagwood sight unseen for a gig and realized the duo’s undeniable chemistry. At Lipka’s suggestion, the three women met, and Dear Darling became a reality.

Dear Darling’s uplifting vocal harmonics echo Joni Mitchell and the Laurel Canyon sound of the late ‘60s. Augmented with classical instrumentation fused with modern day messaging that encourages empowerment and inner strength, Dear Darling put a distinctively feminine spin on the Americana music form.

With the arrival of 2022, the accolades and milestones continue. The new year begins on an auspicious note with the release of Dear Darling’s first album, Believe. Lush harmonies propel the title track that speaks to the importance of faith and self-love. “Always,” another standout track, serves as a heartfelt lullaby professing a mother’s enduring love for her child. Believe will be available for purchase in March 2022 via the band’s website, deardarlingmusic.com.

March 2022 marks another hallmark moment for the group. After an extensive competition, Dear Darling was selected to perform as one of three opening acts for the 14th annual Cayamo Sixth Man Soundcheck Festival, a 7-day Caribbean cruise featuring Americana artists Emmy Lou Harris, Punch Brothers, the Indigo Girls, and Grace Potter.

As the trio sing in their track “Way Deep Down,” “the seed will not grow if you keep it from the ground.” With angelic harmonies as billowy as clouds, and a reputation for live performances that continues to bloom, Dear Darling is firmly planted to move from critical “darlings” to mainstream audiences.

And that’s no small feat for a trio whose jazz-folk vision is unique to the contemporary music scene.

Learn more at https://deardarlingmusic.com

Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper is a poetic songwriter, an insightful storyteller, and a rousing musician whose performances engage and inspire audiences around the world.

Cooper’s lifelong passion & devotion to music began at age 2 in Kansas City. His father, George, was a huge influence. One of Dana's earliest memories is of his father taking him to the Calico Cat, popping a coin in the jukebox and listening to Dana sing along with Hank Williams & Ernest Tubb.

At age 20 a move to LA resulted in a record deal with Elektra Records where he recorded his first album with members of “The Section” Russ Kunkel and Leleand Sklar, as well as other luminary players Jim Horn, Al Perkins, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, and Lee Holdridge. This album still wins accolades today and was recently reissued on the Warner/Japan label.

After several years in California and a year recording in Seattle, Cooper moved to Texas where he wrote and performed with Shake Russell. They released several independent albums and one album for Southcoast/MCA.

Dana formed his own experimental bands, DC3, and Nuclear Family and released his first solo project Complicated Stuff. In 1988 he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his songwriting career collaborating with other songwriters such as Hal Ketchum, Kim Richey, and Kim Carnes.

Learn more at https://www.danacoopermusic.com

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