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The Rise Of The Phoenix: Trans Artist DDA discusses rising from the “ashes”

DDA Talks New Album "Phoenix"

  • By Marquis Lupton

Aired; February 20th, 2024.

In celebration of Black History Month, Philadelphia-based Trans-artist and musician Diamond Anthony, known by the stage name D.D.A., has unveiled their latest musical endeavor, the album “Phoenix.” D.D.A. is no stranger to the entertainment scene, having been in the music industry since 2020 and immersed in the world of drag for even longer. Their accolades include clinching the title of Mx. Philadelphia Leather for the 2020/2021 term and triumphing at the highly esteemed drag competition, Snatcherella 3000, in 2021.

“Phoenix” comprises 10 tracks that traverse various musical genres, including classic hip hop, R&B trap, invigorating ballroom beats, and anthemic house rhythms. D.D.A.’s versatility as an entertainer and musician shines through each track, effortlessly navigating different vocal styles to match the distinct tones of each genre. The album captures her confidence, and the seamless transitions between songs showcase her artistry.

One standout track, “Take My Breath Away,” featuring Quinn Possible, lives up to its title, delivering a breathtaking experience. The instrumental is beautifully crafted, evoking chills on the first listen. When D.D.A. enters with their vocals, the song becomes a perfect blend of artistry. A noteworthy homage to Lauryn Hill occurs in the middle of the track, as it interpolates the iconic “Fu-Gee-La” by the Fugees. Quinn Possible’s contribution adds grace and elegance, culminating in a flawless collaboration. The key changes towards the end of the track promise an unforgettable musical journey.

D.D.A.’s “Phoenix” stands as a testament to her multifaceted talent, leaving listeners captivated by the artful fusion of genres and the artist’s commanding presence. The album not only reinforces her musical prowess but also serves as a noteworthy contribution to the celebration of Black History Month.

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