Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, co-song writers and singers of Dala, said their songs are inspired by the Irish heritage and people they have met throughout their musical career.
Carabine said that touring and sharing music are a large part of their life. She said the duo has been to over 40 states.
“We’ve really gotten to know your country firsthand,” Carabine said. “It’s like all these little countries within the larger United States. That’s been really educational.”
Walther said they would not be able to tour and perform if it were not for the constant sport of their loved ones.
“It’s definitely a challenge. Our families are very sportive and understanding,” Walther said. “We have some very patient people waiting for us.”
Walther said that when Dala began, the gro did not have a mentor who could advise them on their career.
Carabine said Dala, on their first tour, toured with Tom Cochrane, a Canadian rock music star and that they formed a great relationship with Cochrane during that tour. They still keep in touch today.
“He made us feel like we were his daughters,” Carabine said. “He’s been like a mentor. I think that’s a key thing you really appreciate as a younger artist: when artists who are experienced share the stage.”
Walther and Carabine said that when they get the opportunity, they’re are going to help coming songwriters.
“When we get the chance we would like to do seminars for students or answer questions for -and-coming songwriters,” Walther said. “I feel like it’s our responsibility to share our story.”
Dala performed at BYU-Idaho’s Kirkham Auditorium Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Carabine said some songs were not on their albums, but were brand-new songs they has just finished writing.