Since the 90’s, Dana Jackson has been setting trails ablaze on the Houston Music scene. Many know Dana as
“Houston’s Only Singing DJ” for Houston’s #1 Urban AC radio station, KMJQ-Majic 102.1. Others know her as the
voice of the 4-time world champion WNBA Houston Comets. But Dana is most known as being one of the most popular and sought after artists in the Houston area……
Dana realized her true calling and began singing at local talent shows and open mics which lead to an opportunity to perform on the nationally televised TV show, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”. There, she won 3 times singing and rap-ping Mary J. Blige’s “Love No Limit”. That was Dana’s swift introduction to the New York music scene. She moved there for a short time and really began to hone her skills
as an entertainer performing at legendary open mics and showcases at places like Chaz And Wilson’s, Nell’s and Sylvia’s. She watched and learned from talents like Carl Thomas, Blu Cantrell, Gordon Chambers, Mike Phillips,
Melonie Daniels and others. All of whom got their start on that very same New York open mic scene. It was prime training ground for the eager entertainer.
Can you give some insight to those that don’t know anything about Radio One?
Dana: There is not a whole lot I can tell you about Radio One. I did work for them but I haven’t been in radio since 2008. I
still have associates that work for Radio One.
What has kept you in Houston since your hometown is Detroit?
Dana: I was born in Detroit, Mich. but I was mostly raised in Houston. Went to High school and college here. Houston is home now. To be quite honest, Detroit is not a good place to be right now. In fact, a lot of my family in the last few
years have migrated to Houston as well. Economically, Houston is one of the best cities to live in right now. That’s
not to say that one day I won’t consider living somewhere else. I would, pending the right opportunity. I’ve worked
hard to build a following in Houston, but I would love to do expand beyond Houston.
When did you realize singing was your passion?
Dana: For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for singing and music. I got it honest! My father was a singer and
How long have you been performing?
Dana: I have been performing since 1992. I’ve been a professional singer since 1996.
Besides singing what do you think you would be known for?
Dana: In high school, I was a really good basketball player. I went to a Division 1 school on a basketball scholarship. Had I not pursued music and had the WNBA started a few years earlier, I would have been trying to play professional basketball. Every time I run into someone from my childhood or from high school, they all thought I was going to play pro basketball.
How do you juggle your life as a artist and just being Dana?
Dana: Juggling my life is not as hard now as it used to be. I’ve gotten used to it. When I’m onstage, I’m Dana Jackson. When I’m at home, I’m just DJ. My friends and family all respect what I do but I’m not Dana Jackson to them! Just DJ. I realize that people who don’t know me personally may have certain opinions or expectations. I try just try to be
myself at all times and treat people with the same respect that I expect in return.
What would be your dream tour? who would be on it with you and why?
Dana: Wow, my dream tour? That’s a hard question because there are so many artists that I admire. But personally, I would want to share the stage with Maroon 5, Ceelo Green because of the large audiences they draw and the energy and diversity of the music. I would love to tour with Lalah Hathaway and Rahsaan Patterson because they are 2 of my favorite independent artist who I have mad respect for. I would also would love to tour with Angie Stone and D’Angelo. I think that show would be crazy hot! Energy, creativity and great music! Any of these choices would be
more than dream come true for me.
Why do you think we should keep music in schools?
Dana: Music and the Arts, in general are essential to helping kids become well rounded, confident individuals. There has been research to show that children who play instruments are more likely to become critical thinkers and better team players. I love what VH1’s Save The Music Foundation and organizations like it, are doing.
What music inspires you and why?
Dana: All music inspires me. The very essence of music is a fire that burns deep within my soul. Music has the power to touch people, invoke emotion and to bring people together. Music has power. Music is love. Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Music is a gift to us from God. When I sing I am reminded of how blessed I really am.
What moment in your life was the deciding factor that this is what you wanted to do in your life?
Dana: I’ve always known that I wanted to be an entertainer. It’s in my bones. But I remember in 1994 I was working a job that paid good but I was miserable. I got an opportunity to go to Atlanta and pursue my dreams. i quit my job and never looked back.
What’s one thing you feel people think they know about you but reality is they have no idea?
Dana: I think people see my confidence on stage and think that I’m always like that when really I am quite shy. But the stage is where I get to be somebody else.