Recent winner in the “Best Singer-Songwriter” category at the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards and picking up a 2018 nomination for “Best EP of the Year” at the IMAs in New York, witness Dahlia Fernandes and her extraordinary new alternative indie-pop EP Shift, released under the name DAHLIA. With five effervescent songs, she manages to break your heart and send it soaring in about equal measure.
Fernandes’ position as one of the most versatile songwriters on the scene is firmly established via collaborations with stars including (but not limited to) hip-hop head Rich Kidd (Drake, Busta Rhymes, K-os), R&B writer/producer Roy Hamilton III (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, N'Sync), and America's Got Talent finalist Stacey Kay.
At Shift’s core is Fernandes, a self-taught pianist whose music is instantly accessible yet utterly unclassifiable. “I have a lot of very old-school influences: Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Paul Simon, Everly Brothers and, more recently, Sia, Feist, and Florence Welch.” says the peripatetic Fernandes, who was born in Mumbai and moved with her family from Dubai to Toronto in the late 1990s. And while Fernandes is a riveting performer in her own right, her status as an in-demand songwriter-for-hire has beneficial blowback on her own stuff.
“Collaborations help me become fuller and wider as an artist because I am able to live these different personalities,” she says. “ I wrote a super-pop song that Ana Golja, the singer/actor from Degrassi: Next Class, picked up.” That song, “I Feel So Good,” was featured in the 2016 young adult TV movie Full Out which aired on NBC, Family Channel, Netflix, and others. Other achievements to date include singing an original co-written song for dignitaries attending the Global Change Initiative at Toronto City Hall in 2015.
More recently, Fernandes inked a music supervision and licensing deal with Eggplant Collective where she joins a luminous artist roster.
DAHLIA is currently promoting her new EP with her single “Dreamlova” and “Back to the Days”. She just completed her India tour in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore and is currently working on her next record.
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