Diana Kristina Salvatore
Intuitive and Imaginative even as a child Diana Kristina Salvatore always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. At five years old, she interrupted the Broadway production of Cats in an attempt to perform on stage. Today, she counts among her accomplishments singing with Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, the Italian Tenors, and The Temptations, as well as for an esteemed audience of former President Bill Clinton and legendary comic book writer Stan Lee.
With a presence and style all her own, Diana says, “I’ve always had a vision and I have a sound. There is no one to compare me to. And I believe that’s my power.”
The Los Angeles-based, Toronto-born singer and actress (currently studying with noted author, actor and acting coach Doug Warhit) is excited about the next phase of her recording career.
“I want to make an alternative-country record. What Amy Winehouse did with the sound of the 60s girl group, I want to do for country and western,” she says. “Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, keep it old-school. It hasn’t been done and there is a serious market for it. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do, but everyone thought I was nuts or off my mark, but I just gotta do me. Mark Ronson would get it. He gave us Amy. I want to give the world Diana.”
After Diana’s endearing attempt to sing at Cats at age 5, she followed her passion. As a young adult, she joined the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was later cast in numerous performances at the Elgin Theatre, the St. Lawrence Theatre and the Tarragon Theatre, all met with critical acclaim.
Her work also jumped to the small screen. She was soon cast in numerous TV and films, including MTV’s American adaption of the UK smash hit Skins, My Hometown, Due South, Alphas, CTV’s The Listener and the feature film The Killing Moon. Diana was later cast alongside Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci to play the supporting role of Tina in the Miramax feature Shall We Dance.
Diana continued her studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was later cast to play the role of Bobby in BBC America’s runaway hit TV show Orphan Black. That same year she was hand-picked by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland to be cast as a lead in the Broadway-bound musical The First Wives Club.
In terms of her recording career, with a vocal tone and style beyond her years, Diana won the BMG/Uomo music search. Her first single, “Baby So What,” was featured on the record breaking BMG compilation Planet Pop, alongside Britney Spears and Destiny’s child.
Diana’s song “Crazy,” a gut-wrenching ballad about love and forgiveness, was featured in BBC America’s runaway hit show Orphan Black, and released on the Universal soundtrack, earning her acclaim worldwide. Her swinging single “Dollar In My Jukeboxxx” was licensed for use in Chevrolet Sonic commercials and for the NFL Superbowl.
She has worked with such producers as Rob Kliener (SIA, CeeLo Green, The weekend, Britney Spears, Kylie MInogue) and Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, John Legend, Amy Winehouse), and branched into penning songs for other artists, such as “Broke” for South Korea’s Girls Generation breakout star Taeyeon, which took the second highest spot on Billboard’s world chart in 2017.
Diana’s next recording she has envisioned for years: “Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Roy Orbison, Santo & Johnny, steel guitars and silk, steel and strings — that’s where my heart beats.”