Testimony of Dana Rosemary Scallon

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Dana Rosemary Scallon | Recording artist turned politician, an amazing testimony. | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #danascallon #danarosemaryscallon Testimony of Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon (born Rosemary Brown; on 30 August 1951, known professionally as Dana, is an Irish singer. While still a schoolgirl, she won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with “All Kinds of Everything.” Scallon was born Rosemary Brown in Islington, London, one of seven children. In December 1969, Tom McGrath, producer of the Irish National Song Contest, invited Scallon to try out, feeling that one of the entered songs, the ballad “All Kinds of Everything,” would suit her. Her second attempt to win the Irish contest was a success. Then on Saturday, 21 March 1970, the eighteen-year-old schoolgirl performed the song at the Eurovision finals held in the  Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Convention Center before an estimated viewing audience of two hundred million. Perched on a stool while wearing an embroidered white mini-dress, she was the last of twelve contestants to perform that night. After the voting, she was declared the winner with 32 points.

Scallon’s debut album All Kinds of Everything, recorded at Decca Studio in West Hampstead, London, on the weekend of 25 April 1970, was released in June and included four tracks co-written by the singer, as well as a new recording of the album’s title track. Having scored an Irish number one in January 1980 with the song based on the Pope’s motto:  Totus Tuus, Latin for Totally Yours, the much larger American Christian market became a possible outlet for her music.

She sang at a Rosary Rally in Palm Beach and was asked to write a theme song for the Rosary. The result was The Rosary, an album released with over a million sales worldwide. Dana and Fr Kevin Scallon’s recording of The Rosary, available from www.dsmusicstore.com  has achieved platinum sales throughout the world since 1991 and continues to bring great healing and conversion to millions of people through the power of this wonderful prayer.

To help celebrate the sixth World Youth Day event held in Denver in 1993, she was invited to sing in the presence of Pope John Paul II the theme song for the occasion, “We Are One Body,” a song she composed herself. She also sang at the World Youth Day celebrations held in Paris in 1997, Toronto in 2002, and Sydney in 2008.

Dana is married to Damien Scallon and has four grown children. She is a  former politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004.

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