Tanya Diona is a recording artist, songwriter, vocal producer and award-winning vocalist known for her Grand Canyon-sized voice, broad range and emotionally charged performances. Through her music, she tells the true story of her journey – a story of persistence, believing in dreams, and how to make those dreams real. Her path has served as inspiration for many aspiring performers, as it has taken her from local bar gigs in Buffalo, NY to America’s number one singing show “American Idol” as a house band Vocalist, Vocal Arranger, and Vocal Coach, as well as Vocal Producer for 19 Recordings / Interscope Records. Nothing to Prove, Something to Say, Tanya’s debut solo album, delivers her brand of classic, highly musical, groove driven R&B and funk, with a modern-pop sensibility.See more.
Performing for national and international audiences, Tanya’s credits include shows like “Showtime at the Apollo,” NBC’s “The Singing Bee,” the 2008 Democratic National Convention, ABC’s “Neighborhood Ball” (President Obama’s official Inaugural Ball), Europe’s “Save the World Awards,” and Fox’s “American Idol.” She has had the honor of singing behind renowned artists Alicia Keys, Anita Baker, Barry Manilow, BeBe Winans, Beyoncé, Boyz II Men, Carrie Underwood, Constantine Maroulis, Deborah Harry, Dennis Edwards (of the Temptations), Dionne Warwick, Dr. John, Full Force, Jennifer Lopez, Jermaine Jackson, John Legend, Kim Burrell, Kindred, La India, Ledisi, Martha Reeves, Mary J. Blige, Melba Moore, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Shaffer, The Pointer Sisters, Roberta Flack, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stone City Band, TLC, Taylor Dayne, Tim McGraw, Tom Jones, Toni Basil, The Village People, and Yolanda Adams. She is a first place winner on the world famous Apollo Theater stage, and a five-time survivor there. One of her greatest honors was being recognized with American Idol’s musical director, Ray Chew, on the occasion of her CD release show, with the proclamation of “Tanya Diona & Ray Chew Day” from the City of Buffalo.
On Nothing to Prove, Something to Say, Tanya’s passion for music and artistic performance shines through as she guides listeners through her story of returning to her musical roots, standing up for her own vision, finding strength and faith, having fun, and finding love and inspiration. These experiences, along with determination and persistence, ultimately led to Tanya’s survival and success as a working musician. She continues to learn, and shares her insights and experience through her music, her vocal coaching and production work, and her weekly blog, “Notes to Self.”