Dana McKeon is a beatboxer, singer-songwriter and guitarist from Naxxar, Malta.
Dana was born on the 13 June 1989. She attended school at St Dorothy's Convent as a child and eventually studied at De La Salle College Sixth Form between 2005 and 2007. McKeon's music debut was at the University of Malta's Singer/Songwriter Showcase in December 2008, when she took the stage with an acoustic guitar in hand and won the competition with her original song Voice In My Head. This event kick-started her foray into the local music scene, where she has established herself as Malta's beatbox pioneer though her innovative beatboxing, singing and songwriting. In 2011 she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from the University of Malta and subsequently moved to London to pursue a career in music.
Her vocal percussion techniques and synchronized multi-instrumentalisation highlight her individuality. She loves collaborations, has worked with numerous talented individuals on the island such as Ira Losco and Renzo Spiteri, and also formed part of the No Bling Show hip hop band.
Being a versatile touring artist, Dana has performed at high-profile events for the British Royal Family and large-scale concerts such as MTV Music Week, the London Paralympics and Lovebox Festival. To date, Dana has featured with the likes of Bruno Mars, John Newman, Rudimental, James Arthur, Misha B, Beardyman and DJ Pioneer.
Dana’s songwriting and production credits include chart-topping radio hits in Europe and song placements in short films and on TV networks including BBC, NBC Universal and ABC. To date she has released her debut EP (“Street Art”), a beatbox album (“Halcyon”) and various collections of songs tailored towards use in TV/film and for a variety of artists.
Dana officially put Malta on the international beatbox map when she represented the island at the 2012 Beatbox Battle World Championships. She reached the Quarter-Finals of the competition and eventually ranked in the Top 5 of the Female Category. She also holds the 2012 and 2013 Female Vice-Champion titles at the UK Beatbox Championships.
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