Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabineof Dala (the duo’s name was formed by combining the last two letters of each artists’ name) have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002, have since performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall a total of six times. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.
Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.
“Dala can sing! What beautiful flights of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and associates; though Dala can trade a melody line and leave one wondering who is taking the lead and simply leave one behind when the harmonies kick in.”
- Peterborough Examiner
The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala have toured across Canada six times, opening for artists such as Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good and most recently Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also performed at The Edmonton Folk Festival, Mariposa and The Ottawa Folk Festival, among others.
Dala's last two albums, 2006's Angels and Thieves and 2007's Who Do You Think You Are earned them a total of four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. Their videos have been in rotation on Bravo, CMT, Much More Music and MTV, and their songs have been featured in shows like CTV’s “Flashpoint” and The Movie Network’s “Regenesis”.
Dala’s new album Everyone Is Someone is slated for release on June 9th. The album is a wonderful journey for the listener, bringing together all the elements that set this talented duo apart. The first single, “Levi Blues” is a delightful throwback to the songs of the 50's and early 60's. From the very first line, "I've been waiting for a guy like you; you've been waiting to be my guy too", fans will be hooked.
After signing to USA’s “The Roots Agency” in February of 2009, Dala was honored by being the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th anniversary of the famed Newport Folk Festival. Amanda and Sheila are now looking forward to taking their music to new audiences across North America and Europe.