“If you don't believe an acoustic solo performance can fill a room with raw power, elegance and intelligence concurrently, you haven't experienced Diana Chittester”
- Jennifer Conn (The Devil Strip)
DIANA CHITTESTER is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine).
Born the daughter of a minister, Diana Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco's Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Diana set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.”
Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious struggle and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately.
Taking to the stage as a solo performer for most of her early career, Diana began to develop a unique multi-part playing style when she imitated a 3-piece band on a solo acoustic guitar. Percussive thumping, popping bass lines and melodic picking patterns became a signature sound that elevated Chittester from bars and coffee shops to folk clubs and Performing Arts Centers.
Diana has opened for artists' Lisa Loeb, Joan Osborne, LP, Kim Richey, Colin Hay, Chris Trapper, Melissa Ferrick, and Royal Wood; and also headlines shows at Music Box Supper Club, Club Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, and PAC's throughout Ohio.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Diana Chittester brings emotional testimonies meant to challenge perspectives and the definition of reality with her latest release, PARADOX. “...with its powerful vocals, [Paradox] recalls Tigerlily-era Natalie Merchant” (Scene Magazine).
► Tour with Chris Trapper (of the Push Stars), 2018
► Special guest performer, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, 2018
► 1st Place Winner: “Rock Like Rosetta [Tharpe]” Competition, 2018
► “Freedom” featured on multiple Spotify playlists, May, 2018
► Featured performer at Cleveland's first contemporary music festival, LaureLive, 2016
"Her intensity hit me first. On stage was a lone woman, fit and young, belting out a hard but folksy original tune as she gracefully bent around her instrument, wringing every deep, rich drop of melody out of that guitar. It was power and passion, driven by pure talent, in her voice and her musicianship."
- Jennifer Conn, The Devil Strip
"Like Michael Hedges and Ani DiFranco, Chittester is a master guitarist who employs open and alternate tunings—and provides her own percussion by rapping on the body of her instrument."
- Examiner.com (from Colin Hay review)
“Demonstrated prowess on the guitar and [a] penchant for wrenching vocals.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An intelligent and articulate artist”
– Music Connection Magazine
“A complex guitar acrobat”
– ArtVoice Buffalo
“Diana really connected with the audience with her lyrics, guitar playing and great energy. Her storytelling & explanations of her songs resonated thoroughly, receiving a great ovation & an encore for her opening set, which I haven’t seen before.”
– Arnie Ivsins (Barrie Folk Society, Canada)
“She is one woman, one guitar, and no gimmicks…and she is one of THE most important artists on the scene in years, and one to watch closely for years to come. And, for guitarists, one to study closely…”
– Skinny Devil Magazine: Guitar Gods: LIVE
“Her lyrics both delve into stories and are fearless in its questioning with an intense guitar style backing it up”
– Her Society, Joy 94.9 (Australian Radio)
Singer/Songwriters: Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Colin Hay, Kim Richey, Garnet Rogers, Melissa Ferrick, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Michelle Malone, Catie Curtis, Royal Wood, and Anne E DeChant (Odd Girl Out)
Guitarist: Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson)
Pop: LP, and Bitch
Rock: Donnie Iris, Michael Stanley and the Resonators, and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Comedians: Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Vickie Shaw
- SCENE MAGAZINE, 2017
- PLAIN DEALER, 2017
- COOLCLEVELAND.COM, 2016
- CLEVELAND HOTLIST WINNER, 2016
- THE DEVIL STRIP REVIEW, 2016
- HOUSE OF BLUES LOCAL GROOVES & BREWS
- FOX 8: JUKEBOX LIVE TV MORNING SHOW, 2015
- NO SURF MUSIC REVIEW, FIND MY WAY HOME, 2014
- CLEVELAND SCENE MAGAZINE “BAND OF THE WEEK”, 2014
- FOX 8: JUKEBOX LIVE TV MORNING SHOW, 2014
- ARTVOICE BUFFALO NY, 2014
- SKINNY DEVIL MAGAZINE, GUITAR GODS: LIVE, 2014
- LIVE ON LAKESIDE, CHANNEL 3 TV, 2013
- CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 2013
- CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 2012
contact: Jessica Rosenblatt
email: booking(.)dianachittester (at) gmail.com