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Sing your heart out: Gulf Weekly Online

Gulf Weekly May Al Khatib-Camille

By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Bahrain’s Dana Mohammad is making a name for herself across the island as a “Cover” singing sensation and hopes to make a career in the music scene while sharing the beauty of cover songs.

Covers are reinterpretations or new recordings of a previously released track by someone other than the original artist or composer.

There are some artists who like to play covers and an audience that likes to hear them because it allows them to connect with the musician and the original song.

Covers can even turn artists into stars like Italian glam rock band Måneskin. The band from Rome ruled the internet last summer after capturing the hearts of listeners with their rendition of The Four Seasons cover Beggin. It reached number one on Spotify’s global chart and a mainstay in the US top 10. It even reached Billboard’s Hot 100.

In Bahrain, Dana captivates crowds in different venues with her renditions of songs such as You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse, Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa and Summertime . Sadness of Lana Del Rey… and she can’t get enough of it.

“I want to get the message across that covers don’t have to look like the original!” said the 22-year-old Saarland project manager, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in economics.

“While I sing covers, I like to create melodies, leads and layers to give a song cover its own twist – adding an element of surprise.

“In high school, I performed in talent shows and weddings. Then between 2017 and 2019, I was actively performing at open-mic nights. In 2019, I was part of a choir for a musical event at the university and this year I was finally able to play in salons and alongside bandmates at Sa’ada in Muharraq.

“Singing has always been a creative and therapeutic outlet. Performance has been an innate part of my musical journey; I would take any opportunity to perform! As soon as I step on stage, I escape reality and cherish every moment.

While Dana has always dabbled in singing, she started taking it seriously 10 years ago after trying to sing a song she heard on the radio and failing to get it right.

From that day on, she challenged herself and knew that singing was something she wanted to explore. She was heavily influenced by musicians such as Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and Miley Cyrus.

His musical style, on the other hand, is a mixture of pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and soul, as these are the genres that mostly suit his voice.

She recently posted a cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic on YouTube.

“It happens to be my all-time favorite cover because it’s an iconic song with a personal interpretation suited to my vocal style,” she added.

Dana learned by watching and listening to other artists, as well as asking for and accepting feedback from others in the industry.

“I’m still learning techniques 10 years later,” she said.

“I am currently learning to play the ukulele. I also plan to post covers on Instagram and tap into other platforms.

“I expect people to see me perform at public events soon!”

For more details, follow @danaamohd on Instagram.