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Diana Chittester stands alone on stage with her arsenal of acoustic guitars. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, blended with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability she shares on stage resonates with audiences as she invites them along on her journey. Diana’s energetic solo show provides audiences the full experience.
Moving to Cleveland after college, Diana got her start at the Winchester Music Hall when asked to open for Michael Jackson's lead guitarist, Jennifer Batten in 2008. Building a steady fan-base around Ohio, Diana performs at the most popular events that Cleveland has to offer including the Gay Games 9, Burning River Fest, Red, White & Brew Music Festival and Porchfest; the top music venues including the House of Blues, Cain Park and the Beachland Ballroom. She can be heard on local college and independent radio stations such as WRUW 91.1, WJCU 88.7 and WLKR 95.3. Also, Diana has been seen regularly as the featured musical act on the Fox 8 Morning Show and WKYC's “Live on Lakeside.”
With a steady local performance schedule, Diana set out on the road to extend her fan base to new cities throughout her region, (Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Columbus, Dayton, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Chicago). Skinny Devil Magazine of Lexington, Kentucky dubbed Diana a “Guitar God” when they invited her to lead a guitar clinic on her signature right hand technique. She expanded to East Coast cities like Brooklyn, New York and Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey. In a short-lived 8 month move to the West Coast, Diana regularly performed in Portland and the bay areas of the Pacific Northwest. Diana became internationally recognized when asked to perform at the 'cornerstone of culture' in Barrie, Ontario at the MacLaren Art Centre.
ArtVoice Magazine in Buffalo, New York called Diana “a complex guitar acrobat” before her premier at Asbury Hall's 9th Ward live music venue owned and operated by folk legend Ani DiFranco. Music Connections Magazine noted her “intelligent and articulate lyrics” after reviewing her 2012 album, In This Skin. In 2015, Diana successfully raised over $5,000 in a fan funded effort to head to New Orleans to record her first solo acoustic record, Find My Way Home.
Diana Chittester has shared the stage with many iconic guitarists and songwriters like Garnet Rogers, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Dan Bern, Kim Simmonds, Kim Richey, The Michael Stanley Band, Donnie Iris, Melissa Ferrick, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and more.
You can find In This Skin (2012) and Find My Way Home (2014) on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Rhapsody. Diana stays active on her Facebook music page and Instagram account (@dianachittester). Her live show performance schedule can be found on her website (www.dianachittester.com/shows) and social media outlets. Her three albums, t-shirt's and various merchandise can be found at each of her live shows.