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With the release this summer of its third CD, Who Do You Think You Are, on the heels of a successful cross-Canada tour opening for Tom Cochrane. Dala continues to draw fans devoted to its unique brand of emotionally resonant, highly accessible music. Ranging from the infectiously catchy "Marilyn Monroe" to the achingly beautiful "Hockey Sweater," the songs on the new album demonstrate a rare gift for melody and a confidence with vocal harmony - matching their considerable talents as performing artists. It doesn't hurt that they're drop-dead gorgeous either.
Dala is two women, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, who came up with the moniker by combining the final syllable of each of their names. Both write. play guitar and keyboards, and sing, with Amanda usually supplying the higher harmony and Sheila shading the lines with her darker alto. They released two CDs in 2005 - the independent This Moment is a Flash and Angels & Thieves with Universal Music - and watched their popularity grow as they played …