Dana Marie is a singer-songwriter and Worship Artist from Ontario, Canada. She was born into a very musical family of five children and started singing when she was two. Her dad's side of the family was always traveling in a drum corp. called the "Dutch Boy Cadets" and she owe's her creative skills to her mother's imaginative family. Together, Dana and her four siblings would record themselves singing on video and created the "Hoekstra Choir" on a cassette tape. Dana was just three years old when she spoke on tape about Jesus and how much she loved him.
Growing up, Dana was always involved in choirs, school musicals and solos so it's no surprise that when she graduated from High School she packed up her belongings and moved across the world to Sydney, Australia. She attended Hillsong Church and Hillsong International Leadership College, a college and church that leads in worship music.
Those two years inspired and moulded Dana Marie in a way that only a loving God could ever achieve. Dana learned about worship and learned to love worship. Everything that Dana Marie has accomplished since then has stemmed from a heart of worshipping God - writing, recording, leading and living out her day to day here on Earth. God loves to hear our praises, but also loves when we live out our worship by being His hands and feet on Earth.
It is for this reason that upon receiving her Diploma of Ministry from Hillsong College that she decided to move back to Canada to start living out what she knew in her heart that God was calling her to do - Worship.
Music and Touring
Dana Marie has released two full-length albums including her self titled debut "Dana Marie" and "What You See". She has been performing and leading worship in various settings and churches in both Canada and the US. Such events include: 100 Huntley Street, Kingdom Bound, WIMM Canada Events, Sno Camp, Pitch 'n Praise, Grand Valley Institute for Women, Muskoka Bible Conference Grounds, AOYC Coffee House, Compassion Sundays, Women's Retreats, GEMS Concerts, and continues to tour throughout Canada and leading worship at local churches.
Awards and Nominations
In February of 2010 Dana Marie won the "Shining Star Vocal Competition" for the Christian radio station, 94.3 Faith FM and has since been doing music ministry in various settings, being humbled by the opportunities that God has provided.
Dana was nominated for the "Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2011 GMA Covenant Awards Canada and won "Collaborative Song of the Year" at the 2013 GMA Covenant Awards. Dana was nominated for "Pop Song of the Year" at the 2015 GMA Awards.
In the Community
Dana Marie is passionate about using music as a tool to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those living in poverty; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Since 2011, Dana Marie has partnered with Compassion Canada and has since travelled to the Dominican Republic on multiple occasions to visit her sponsor child, Kiara. You can find her at Calvary Church in Cambridge, Ontario where she serves on the worship team.