Dana was born into a musically gifted family and grew up singing in church. Her mother ran the ministry of music and her father performed in a jazz band. Dana had her first church solo at 12 years old, and by 15, she was touring as a background singer. She continued to work as a background singer for most of her career while she raised her children, but she always knew she was destined for more. She later took a job as a headliner on a cruise ship, where she got a taste of stardom. Dana has worked hard to get to where she is and is ready to finally step into the spotlight on television's biggest stage.