Who we are
About The Angels
From the dirt road to the main stage…the Dirt Road Angels have created quite a buzz in a short time. What started out as solo artists coming together to collaborate on one show, turned into a magical connection that has become an incredible musical project. The Edmonton based seasoned singer-songwriters, consisting of Dahlia Wakefield, Karen Claypool, Danita Lynn, and Shila Marie, formed the group in 2013 and have released three albums since their inception.
Their third studio album “Extra Dirty” was released on March 10th. The Dirt Road Angels just released their second single “Not Ever” off their brand new album “Extra Dirty” to Canadian Country radio February 2018, bringing their total number of released singles to country radio stations across Canada to five in total. Their first album, a 15-song compilation CD was released in September 2013 and their second, “Paint The Town Red”, was released in September 2014.
This energetic country rock quartet has showcased at CCMA week and performed at many other high profile events such as Taste of Edmonton, Boots and Hearts Festival, Porkapalooza, Blueberry Bluegrass Music Festival, Beaumont Blues Festival, Festival Place Patio Series and more. They have enjoyed opening for some top country acts including Kira Isabella, High Valley, Doc Walker, Road Hammers, Aaron Pritchett; even U.S. acts Colin Raye, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Blackjack Billy and many more. The Dirt Road Angels are also honoured to have been nominated for ACMA Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice three years in a row! These talented ladies are down to earth and continually strive to entertain their audiences everywhere they go and always come away with new fans.
With their brand new album, a handful of singles and new videos in the works, the Dirt Road Angels are ready to fly!
DANITA – singer/songwriter
Danita with pure heart and soul, has performed at numerous festivals and prestigious events throughout her career sharing stages with Canadian artists such as Emerson Drive, Aaron Pritchett, Prairie Oyster, Charlie Major, Duane Steele and more as well as late country legend and Grand Ole Opry entertainer, George Hamilton IV. In 2003 DANITA co-produced a 12 song CD of all original music prior to recording an EP in Nashville in 2007. This energetic performer continues to strive to bring joy to her fans through her music as a solo artist as well as with her latest group endeavour, the DIRT ROAD ANGELS! DANITA has found a kinship with three other recording artists, sharing her passion for music, writing, recording and performing, gaining new fans wherever they go!
Dahlia – singer/songwriter
Soulful powerhouse and award-winning singer/songwriter Dahlia Wakefield has been performing since the age of 5. A Grant MacEwan Music graduate, she has released three solo albums and two singles to Canadian Country Radio. She is a little bit country and a whole lot of rock and roll and enjoys performing with the Dirt Road Angels as well as her solo band Dahlia and the Value Villains for the last 5 years. Originally from Maidstone, SK, Dahlia currently resides in Edmonton and looks forward to a lifetime of making music!
Shila – singer/songwriter
Shila Marie has been in the music business professionally since 2005. From 2005-2009 she ran her own band and played all over Alberta and into Saskatchewan and B.C. In 2011 she started songwriting, loved it and has never stopped! In 2013 she joined Dirt Road Angels and she not only gained new musical satisfaction, but gained 3 “sisters” in the process!Together they have travelled all over the province of Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.! She is thrilled to see what doors will open in 2018, and is going to sit back and “Enjoy The Ride”!
Karen – singer/songwriter
Ever since she was a young child, Karen has been in love with music. Now, at only 23 years old she is living her dream. Her appeal and hard work have earned multiple appearances at super class shows and passion for music has developed into one of Canada’s freshest Singer/ Songwriter acts. Not only is Karen an excellent Singer and a talented songwriter, but she has also spent many years enjoying playing the guitar and mandolin. She blends her unique charm and personality into every performance and continues to connect with every audience as she shares her music, talents, and passion with the world. She is excited to spend her whole life surrounded by music and everyone that shares the love of the art.