Scroll To Top

Dinah Jane » Young Girl with a Big Voice

Music 23 May 2011   »   by TheWhatItDo
Dinah Jane

Dinah Jane Hansen has the type of voice that turns heads. Whether she’s singing the national anthem to a huge crowd or simply humming a tune, people stop to listen. She has a voice and range that, dare we say it, compares to current music megastars Beyonce and Leona Lewis. Did we mention that she’s only thirteen years old? Yes, you heard me right. Known by fans as Dinah Jane, this young, Tongan talent is determined and ready to take her music to the next level.

Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Dinah Jane was exposed to music early on by her mother, Milika, and aunts and uncles. “My mom and her brothers and sisters were always performing in church and practicing at home,” said Dinah Jane. Her mother vividly remembers the first time she heard Dinah Jane sing. She explained, “[Dinah Jane] was only four years old singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and I could hear the vibrato in her voice.” At age 7, she was invited to perform in public for the first time at an event in Sacramento, CA singing the national anthem. From then on, she performed at various events around Orange County. One performance at her elementary school caught the ear of the school’s superintendent who hooked her up with gigs with the Boy Scouts of America. Although she had booked Dinah Jane to sing at these events, Mrs. Hansen and her husband never thought anything of it. She said, “It wasn’t until [Dinah Jane] was eleven years old that she sat me and my husband down and had a serious talk about this music career. She really wanted to pursue it.”

After that talk, things got serious; Dinah Jane and her parents were focused on her music aspirations. They hooked up with music producers and songwriters such as Big Dave from Pacific Icon Management Group (PIMG), Kennedy Mailo, TreySmoov, MsBrown, and Baby J to get her career going. Vocally, Dinah Jane would listen to her favorite artists over and over again and imitate their sounds, tones, and runs. If it didn’t sound exactly like how the artist performed it, Mrs. Hansen would send Dinah Jane back to her room and practice until she got it right. This kind of work ethic shows in the way she sings today. The influence in her voice comes from the artists she’s been imitating from a young age, namely Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, and Etta James. She’s also been able to practice her craft at school – she’s currently an 8th grader at the Orange County High School of Arts (OCHSA) studying curriculum in the acting/singing department and interacting with other singers her age.

The Whatitdo

The practice and push for Dinah Jane’s music career has been paying off. So far this year, she has performed at Fob Fest at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, Nesian Fest in Utah, and will be performing in Dallas on June 4. Just this past March, Hansen entered Polynesian music artist Teki’s YouTube Cover Contest and won! She is currently working on getting her first single out, titled “Dancing Like a White Girl.” She’s also been working on projects with J Boog and aforementioned songwriters and producers to get her album together. Mrs. Hansen describes the mood of the album as “very girly and fun.” She explained, “we want Dinah Jane to be singing about things going on in her life as a thirteen-year-old.”

While Dinah Jane is serious about her music career, she is still a 13-year-old girl who enjoys the same things as any other young adolescent. “I love playing volleyball and hanging out with my brothers and sisters!” she exclaimed. She especially loves and looks up to other young Polynesian artists such as Hefa Tuita and Dayvid Thomas who are pursuing their dreams in the entertainment industry. She acknowledges her parents, family, friends, Big Dave, PIMG, Kennedy Mailo, Trey Smoov, Faiva from Malie Productions, and S&E Productions for helping her out thus far. Though she is only in the very early stages of her career, Dinah Jane knows exactly who she is and how to stay level-headed. “Stay humble and true to yourself and always put God first,” she advises. Now that’s WhatItDo, Dinah Jane.

Follow Dinah Jane now on Facebook and YouTube for her upcoming performances and exclusives on new music.

Article Written By: Pesi Kava

*Photos and YouTube video courtesy of Dinah Jane

  • Ftuivai

    Keep it up Dinah!!! Woohoo!Beautiful voice=)
     

  • Funaki Hansen

    We Love you Dinah Jane!!! 

  • Sia

     THIS IS AWESOME!!(: Now i get the What it do thing ahahaha.. But i love the advice in the end[; Keep it up DINAhh!!

  • Lisi

    Love you BEAUTIFUL DINAH <3 keep it up!

  • Asofamili

    This is so awesome. We love u Dinah n r very blessed to have u in our life. Thanks for being such a good example to not only ur generation but to the older n younger generation. You r indeed beautiful inside n out. Love u Dinah! Love, Aso Family

  • Amasio22

    get it girl remember who you hoko tooo lol hahaha jkjk love you beautiful!! keep it up your doing great!!

  • Dmasi310

    LOVE YOU LIL SIS!!!!!!

  • Rachelpauu

    thats my lik niece.you hsow them dinah

  • Aggieboo93

    Dinah look at you.. Gorgeous! You’re doing it girl.. Were all proud of you! Keep pushin you know were all here for you! Love aggz

  • Pingback: Do Yuh Thang & Get To Know TEKI | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • toa

    she rocks!!shes very talented.

  • Salina Atafua-Kuresa

    *BRAVO* Dinah Jane!! We love you!!

  • Pingback: It’s Gonna Be a Hot Summer! | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • Funakihansen

    all those that “LIKED” this article please go and “like” Dinah Janes fan page!!! 

  • Funakihansen
  • Veronica

    go dinahhh! get it girl!!

  • Pingback: Kicking off October with Club Nesian | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • Pkalekale

    she has a beautiful voice ! keep it up Dinah Jane (: much love to you girl !

  • Nanz Funaki

    That was awesome girl, keep it up! 

  • Saane Holi

    is Dinah jane tongan ???? sorry no clue???

  • Bianca

    Dinah Jane Hansen’s reached the stars! I can’t believe it’s only been three years and then now here she is in Fifth Harmony! :) WE LOVE YOU DMAC xx -Harmonizers

About the author

  • Pingback: Do Yuh Thang & Get To Know TEKI | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • Pingback: It’s Gonna Be a Hot Summer! | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • Pingback: Kicking off October with Club Nesian | The What It Do » Urban Consumer Review

  • -->