American Made: Diner Set to Make Huge Splash in Country Music

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Living in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon, a young girl became known as the “the diner girl” as she worked in her parent’s cafe daily, singing as she served customers as a waitress. Little did she know this would mold her future as a musical artist. Throughout childhood, she worked at this diner and would daydream of being a country-rock star.

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When she was two years old, her parents purchased the diner from the former owner, who did not care about the place. Her parents took on the American way of building something up from the ground, and she began making music reflecting those days.

“I used to hide that I was the local diner girl,” she recalls, “but I found beauty in it. I was raised by a community of people who knew me before I could see over the counter.” Music was familiar to her, as her mother, Helen, was in an all-female punk-rock band in the 1980s.

Diner draws inspiration from her mother, who was once a fierce member of an all-girl punk band, and incorporates that rebellious energy into her songs. “Music has given me the ability to take from my present reality and dream up my favorite scenarios,” she says. “It becomes real for me, and I hope I can create that feeling for others when they listen to my music.”

Diner has seen disappointments in her career, such as turbulent record deals and dishonest management, but she never gives up on her ambitions to become a musician. “The music journey has been pretty terrible,” she admits, “especially being a young female in this industry. But through it all, I am committed to my vision and want to represent all female artists who persevere through tough times.”

With standout performances at the Dreamy Draw Music Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival in 2023 and planned appearances at Live In The Vineyard Napa and Two Step Inn Festival in April 2024, Diner’s tenacity has paid off. Her ascent to prominence in the country music industry heralds a change in the genre toward a greater diversity of voices and viewpoints.

“I want people to know that they should never stop dreaming,” Diner asserts. “Life is short, and we should all be able to live out the vision we have within us.” Her songs exemplify this concept in action, providing a getaway from everyday life and a gentle reminder to enjoy the good things in life, even in the face of adversity.

Diner wants to evolve her music into something more refined as time passes. “This era in my career is about creating fun love songs,” she explains, “but I see it becoming more toned down and thought out in the future.” She fully believes in herself, hoping to perform in sold-out arenas and stadiums one day, similar to other A-List musicians like Drake or Taylor Swift.