Listen to any of Diana Upton-Hill’s music and you can probably imagine yourself being friends with this sweet-voiced music sensation.
With a heart of gold and a voice to match, Diana’s musical life started early when she would get up on stage as a small child with her dad’s rock band and belt out a couple of songs for the crowd. Still, twenty-some-odd years later, she is moving every audience she performs for. As a versatile and distinguished performer Diana has become a nationally-recognized talent. She has been active in the jazz scene as the lead singer with the group, On Holidai. She has performed on live television, has thrilled concert hall audiences as a featured performer with symphony orchestras, and Diana has even lent her voice to major musical theatre roles including Belle in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Philia in “Forum” (opposite Richard Kind), “Dorothy” in the Wizard of Oz, and Lucy in “Jekyll and Hyde”. She also took part in the workshop production of “Happy Hour” by the late Tony Award winning playwright, George Furth and composer, Doug Katsaros. As a featured performer at the opening gala of the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Diana performed alongside entertainment industry legends such as Len Cariou, Richard Kind, Pamela Myers, and Liz Callaway.
Diana has also been very active in the recording studio. Her debut single, “Your Day, Too”, was released in April 2005 as a tribute to a high school friend who became a victim of Meningitis and has raised substantial awareness of the disease. In late November 2005, Diana released her first full length album, “Christmas Divine” which features her 12 piece Pop Orchestra and arrangements by prolific jazz arranger, David Sharp. In early 2006 Diana released “Restoration” – featuring songs with a theme of hope and peace ranging in style from standards to pop, Broadway to folk. Since that time she has helped develop and produce her annual Christmas show with her Pop Orchestra and a cast of singers and dancers.
Recently, Diana released “Sparkle”, her long-anticipated singer/songwriter project, an EP featuring a mix of musical genres and styles. Upcoming recordings in the future include a holiday album with her uber-talented husband Justin and a Country/Folk project.
No matter what she does, her goal is to do it with class, soul, and a certain charm that makes her like no other songstress that has ever graced the stage.