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Of loss and young love

Shaker High grad Dana Lee Hom releasing first album, “Almost Gone”

Eighteen-year-old Dana Lee Hom finished Shaker High School a year early to attend Berklee College of Music and once she officially releases her album on May 6, she’s hoping to finish up her music business and vocal performance dual major a year early so she can move to New York City or Los Angeles.

Eighteen-year-old Dana Lee Hom finished Shaker High School a year early to attend Berklee College of Music and once she officially releases her album on May 6, she’s hoping to finish up her music business and vocal performance dual major a year early so she can move to New York City or Los Angeles. Submitted photo

— It took love, heartbreak and a bout of emotional numbness for Dana Lee Hom to put together her first full-length album. Now that she’s ready to release those songs to the public, she feels like the burden of some of her troubles is disappearing.

“My story is still being written, but (this album is) called ‘Almost Gone’ because I feel like these songs have lifted a huge weight off of me and let me start anew,” she said. “They all definitely tie in together … all brought me each a step closer to feeling free.”

And while she may be a rooted with a small-town soul, the Colonie native has big plans in big places. The 18-year-old finished Shaker High School a year early to attend Berklee College of Music and once she officially releases her album on May 6, she’s hoping to finish up her music business and vocal performance dual major a year early so she can move to New York City or Los Angeles.

“I really want to do gigs and travel and grow as an artist,” she said. “I want to be writing and singing and making people happy.”

Hom said while her latest songs are getting “a little more lighthearted and happier,” the eight tracks on “Almost Gone” are more on the heavier side. Experiencing two intense but loving relationships at a young age helped spark Hom’s first real songwriting experience last fall. The baggage from the breakups and losing her innocence, she said, were the catalysts to songs that just kept “pouring out” while sitting at the piano.

“I had all of these ghosts I never dealt with,” she said. “There’s so many different kinds of feelings you’re trying to go through when you’re trying to relinquish them. My songs all encompass that kind of heartache but delve into the deeper facets.”

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