Diana Steele was raised in California and became a fashion model at an early age. Like many California youngsters, she aspired to have a movie career. After acting in several supporting rolls in film and on stage she began singing with a group of classmates. When her family moved to Texas, she discovered country music. And she's never looked back.
She has been writing songs, singing at her church and local charity events while raising a family. Finally, encouraged by family and friends,she embarks on her singing career with her debut album, Out In The Country. The album, being produced by Warren Johnson for PenStar Music, was released early in November 2005 on StarPlay Records.
Featuring twelve tracks of original music written by Diana, the selections range from the happy in love sound of the title cut "Out In The Country" to the love-gone-wrong tune "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" and the haunting "Mr. Winter".
Also included are two ultimate wedding songs "I Do".
Diana Steele is a Texas singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded in the past by Nashville artists and Texas artists alike. Diana once lived not too far from Buck Owens and the Bakersfield sound, but she's spent most of her life in Texas, and it shows. Becky Brenner, program director for Seattle's KMPS, the top country station in the Pacific Northwest had this to say about Diana's "Lovesick Fool":
"Love the western swing sound of 'Lovesick Fool'!! She has a bit of a Trisha Yearwood vocal style combined with Patty Loveless. Plus, you gotta love it when someone writes painful lyrics to a fast beat. There's a lot of emotion in her songs, just like you hear in the blues. With classic country sounds like the title track and "So, So Long", to the beautiful wedding ballad "I Do", Diana brings her heart and soul straight to you from "Out In The Country".
Her vocals echo with the ghost of country's past,a timeless,soaring voice that reflects a sun-drenched love for life and the blue-moon melancholy of heartbreak with equal grace and power.
StarPlay Records is pleased to announce the release of "Out In The Country" from Diana Steele, a Texas singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded in the past by Nashville and Texas artists alike.
Diana and the original songs on this CD have already received praise from critics and country radio executives, who have compared her musical style to "Trisha Yearwood combined with Patty Loveless" and to Faith Hill. Diana, who credits Bonnie Raitt as the biggest influence on her music, has her own style showing a lot of emotion in her songs.
"Lovesick Fool" has been praised as "wonderful western swing sound with painful lyrics to a fast beat." The beautiful ballads "I DO" and "Some People Say" have been called "ultimate wedding songs".
The album was produced by Warren Johnson and Lonnie Wright; recorded at SoundMasters studio in Houston and mastered and mixed by Wright Sound in Temple, Texas.
All of the tracks were written by Diana Steele whose publishing company is Two-stepped On Music.
With classic country sounds like the title track and "So, So Long", to the beautiful wedding ballad "I Do", Diana brings her heart and soul straight to you from "Out In The Country."