YouTube video leads to whirlwind success for Yeppoon singer
DANA Lowrey has dreamed of being a musician her whole life.
One YouTube video, a stroke of luck and a trip to New York later and Lowrey has just released her first EP and is living her dream.
The 20-year-old Yeppoon singer songwriter said she was swept into a whirlwind of success after uploading a video to YouTube last year.
"I uploaded a video of myself singing to YouTube and a guy over in New York saw it and contacted me about joining his label, Buckhouse Ventures," Lowrey said.
"So my Mum and I flew over there and I have been there for the last six months recording in the studio.
"I am the first artist he has signed to the label so I'm kind of the test."
Lowrey's EP featuring songs Fearless, Walkaway, Lost Along the Way, Just a Little and Higher (featuring Matthew Chadwick) was released on Monday.
The talented local artist said she was blown away with the support she had received for the EP.
"It's my first one ever so I'm really excited," she said.
"There are five songs on the EP but I have nine recorded in total.
"All of the songs mean something different to me; I wrote some of the songs by myself and worked with others on some.
"I didn't expect it to do so well, in the first few days it reached number 46 on the itunes album charts."
Lowrey said her love of music and style inspiration came from various musicians, including ones in her family.
"I draw inspiration from Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and a heap of other artists."
"I play the piano and the guitar and am self taught in both.
"I learnt to play the piano through watching my cousin play when I was younger.
"I would always have a go when she (her cousin) wasn't in the room practicing and with guitar; I just picked it up one day and taught myself."
While she was back living in Yeppoon, Lowrey said depending on the success of her EP, she could be heading back to New York to record an album.
"My ultimate goal is to be out on the road touring and playing and singing for people," she said.