Dina Fanai has performed throughout the world as a singer, songwriter, original composer; and as a vocalist with the multi-platinum selling arena rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). After performing with the band for 2 years, she transitioned into being head of artist development for over 8 years. Dina has written and produced for Universal, Sony, and Columbia Records, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as leading tours and educational programs in the US, Europe, India and Southeast Asia. Her recording project CINEMA 12, which she created with Robert Kinkel (co-creator/ producer of TSO), was featured on Tina Turner’s platinum selling CD “BEYOND”. In 2012, she was the featured vocalist on Grammy nominated Dave Eggar’s CD “Kingston Morning.”
As an artist, Dina has received enthusiastic reviews worldwide and is often compared to artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Lisa Gerrard, Kate Bush, Carol King, the poet Rumi and the music of Cirque du Soleil. Within this style that is uniquely hers, she incorporates sounds and textures of classical, modern and world instruments. Incorporating her life long background in classical and modern dance through the School of American Ballet and the Julliard School, she toured as lead vocalist for “Games Of Steel”, Attack Theatre’s acclaimed dance rock opera, which she composed with Dave Eggar.
Dina continues to to do extensive A&R, artist development and music contracting for major label recording artists, prime network television and arena tours. Through her company One Vision Music, she has produced countless benefit concerts and charity events supporting causes such as Juvenile Diabetes, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, The Associated Blind Foundation, LGBT, Woman Who Care, Sounds Of Hope, Daniel’s Music Foundation, Animal Ashram and The Coalition Of Battered Woman’s Advocates. Dina produces ongoing events, where she brings musicians of all genres and cultures together to create more community and to spread the message that there are no boundaries in art and music. She has curated and hosted “Women in Music” events and songwriter showcases throughout New York City for over 10 years to create a safe and supportive environment for other musicians and artists to share and explore their craft. She has led workshops in songwriting and creative expression at The Julliard School and The Children’s Aid Society. She continues to produce concerts and recordings to inspire positive change in the world.
In summer 2016, Dina did artist development and stage direction for “ROCKTOPIA” - A Classical Revolution, which was filmed in Budepest for a PBS special, televised nationwide and scheduled to debut on Broadway Spring 2018 where she will be Talent Coordinator. She was also brought on as vocal producter for Sébastien Izambard from the operatic pop musical quartet Il Divo.
In December 2016, Dina produced and arranged 3 of the tracks on the new Jackie Evancho CD “SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS” released on Sony Records, which hit #1 on the Billboard charts - including the Stevie Wonder classic, title track, “Someday At Christmas” as well as 2 versions of "Little Drummer Boy", one featuring Il Volo. Dina then co-wrote and produced 4 songs on Jackie’s first ever pop CD “TWO HEARTS” also hitting #1 on Billboard. In Summer 2017 she was brought on by the legendary band FOREIGNER as choir master, arranger and featured vocalist for their 40th anniversary orchestral show, television special, CD and DVD.
Dina is thrilled to have just teamed up with Daniel's Music Foundation in launching the "POWER of MUSIC" Concert Series - A transformational experience of live performances that explores and celebrates the powerful healing force of music. This monthy event takes place at The Cutting Room/NYC - soon to expand to Los Angeles and Nashville.
Dina is currently working on her 8th solo CD as well as developing her own multimedia show entitled "September Moon".