Reshana Marie
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Steel guitar.

ABOUT

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Reshana Marie was born in Fort Wayne Indiana and even as a very young child she would dream about and play act being a performer. She along with Tasha, her only sister at that time, would go to their Hallway’s large built in closet and fling open wide the doors, emptying the top of it out they would climb up into it and she would sing her heart out with her pretend microphone and sometimes holding a toy guitar.
As a young child, Reshana's first real experience getting to sing in front of others, outside her family came when she and her sister were invited to sing together in front of their church congregation. They sang the song “Give Me That Old Time Religion” intermingling the tune with some lyrics from the song “Standing In The Need Of Prayer”. She remembers at that time feeling very relaxed and at ease and totally loved it. Years later she had her first opportunity to sing by herself at her middle school for a graded assignment in music. Her father accompany her with a guitar while she sang “Amazing Grace” to the tune of "House Of The Rising Sun". She relates “I really thought I would die, I was so scared, but I loved music and singing so much that I just pushed through it”. It would take years of stage performances as a teenager to overcome her fear and eventually feel right at home on the stage.
Those years of stage performances happened when as a young teenager she started traveling the nation with her parents, four sisters and three brothers for seven years. She and the older ones performed over 200 dates per year singing leads and harmonies on original and classic Southern Gospel music. Toward the end of those seven years, the family now traveling with two buses, a decision was made to stay in state as some were now married or engaged. Within months another decision was made to go back to her father, David McDowell's, original roots of country music which was instilled in him by his father, Porter McDowell, For years the family performed together singing country music..
In the spring of 2016, Reshana was diagnosed with a large inoperable cancerous brain tumor and had to undergo high dose Chemotherapy at Duke University Hospital in Durham NC. Her last treatment was in April of 2017. The next month she was found to be cancer free and the brain tumor completely gone!
Following this recovery, Reshana had an intense desire to extend and share her love of music with others. In July of 2017 she put together her own band. She has some of her family in the band, her husband, Tim McGatha on lead guitar, her youngest brother, Chase McDowell on fiddle, guitar and mandolin, her father, Dave McDowell on bass, and a very good friend, Cody Strickland on drums. Along with her originals the band performs classic and modern country with a touch of classic rock sprinkled in. Reshana plays acoustic guitar but one of her favorite things to do is trade instruments with her father, while saying " I let my daddy sing so he let's me play his bass!" The band features Reshana Marie and adds some variety & spice with male lead vocals & harmonies from the guys.
Reshana is still in process of recovering from the ill side effects of the chemotherapy. In spite of this she is determined to put on the very best show possible. As she regains more of her strength she will increase her bookings. Currently several short tours are in the making.
She presently resides with her family in the Carolina's and travels out by private coach.

Screen name:
Reshana Marie
Member since:
Feb 25 2019
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
2
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Age:
102 years

Influences

LeeAnn Womac, Tammy Wynette

Members Of Band

Tim McGatha
Cody Strickland
Dave McDowell
Chase McDowell
....Reshana Marie

EQUIPMENT

Complete Sound system / front & monitors
stage lighting & stage effects
45' Prevost Touring Bus
Practice room w/ sound system