Dana is a is an Irish singer and former politician. While still a schoolgirl she won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with “All Kinds of Everything”. It became a worldwide million-seller and launched her music career.
She released her debut single “”Sixteen” in November 1967, but failed to take off, though local TV and radio began to show an interest in her, and she became popular in Dublin’s cabaret and folk clubs at weekends, was crowned Queen of Cabaret at Clontarf Castle in 1968. At this time that she adopted the professional name of “Dana”, which had been her school nickname.
After Eurovision she released several albums and singles during the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.
She entered politics in 1997, as Dana Rosemary Scallon, running unsuccessfully in the Irish presidential election, but later being elected as an MEP for Connacht–Ulster in 1999. Scallon was again an independent candidate in the Irish 2011 presidential election, but was eliminated on the first count. In 2019, Dana announced she was back in the studio and was recording a brand new album, her first in many years. ‘My Time’ was released 1st November 2019.