Dayna Manning (born on April 27, 1978 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian singer-songwriter of folk and pop music often compared to Joni Mitchell.
Raised in a musical home â€“ her father was a music teacher â€“ Manning took to the form at a young age. Set to self-produce her first album at the age of 16, she was discovered by Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Ray Coburn at a showcase at Lee's Palace in Toronto; after two live performances for EMI executives, the label signed Manning to a record deal.
Volume 1, her debut album, was released by EMI in Canada and Nettwerk in the United States in 1997. Manning and Coburn produced and performed; other featured musicians included Melanie Doane, Sean Lennon, and Manning's parents, Darlene and David Manning, on clarinet and trumpet respectively. Stephen Drake, of Canadian rock band the Odds, mixed the album.
Her first single and video, "Half the Man," was downcast, mournful and heavily folk-inflected; nonetheless it became a strong hit on Canadian radio and MuchMusic?, and the follow-up track, the uptempo pop n...