Dana Williams was born in Dayton Ohio but grew up mostly in Nashville, TN. His first performance was in church as the age of seven and as a youngster he was influenced by various styles of music including, bluegrass, country, rock and jazz but came back to where his heart was and is today, country music. Dana cites artists such as The Osborne Brothers, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap , Elvis, and Michael McDonald as influences.
Dana Williams joined Diamond Rio in 1989 and was the sixth and final member. Jimmy Olander knew Dana and called him to audition for the Tennessee River Boys. At the time Dana was hired, the guys only had one gig on their schedule, a television appearance on TNN’s “Nashville Now.” That night, the original members of Diamond Rio played together for the first time as the Tennessee River Boys.
Dana says “This band is something I never thought would come my way, and when it did, it was the answer to so many questions in my life. People ask us what kind of music we listen to and what did we listen to when we were starting out. Well, COMPLETELY is the answer to those questions.” (In 2002, Diamond Rio released its seventh studio album, “Completely”) “There’s a piece of all of us in this record, a piece of everything we like.”
Dana lives in Hendersonville with his wife and his son.
Diamond Rio’s official site: http://www.diamondrio.com
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