Dakota Romero is a lifelong performer with world experience, beginning her show business career during her first years of life under the wing of her parents. Born on the summer solstice in Santa Monica, California, Dakota first modeled with her mother, New York model Suzanne Mitchell in Chicago, Illinois. And at the age of two, she appeared in her father, musician and activist Robby Romero’s, award-winning Native Children’s Survival music video series, having it’s debut from the Kremlin in Moscow.
“Growing up as my father’s daughter, I was always surrounded by music and culture, it’s home to me.” Dakota went on to perform with an international children’s choir at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janero, Brazil, and, hit the road in the United States with her father on the Blues Traveler-founded festival, H.O.R.D.E. Tour, and again with the following summer’s H.O.R.D.E. Tour. She sang and danced with Red Thunder, Blues Traveler, Rickie Lee Jones, Rusted Root, and Natalie Merchant, all before the age of 10.
Dakota quickly began exploring another passion and art form that runs in her family, acting, as she appeared in plays and musicals in Los Angeles. “I love theater. There’s a live audience, and you do the entire thing every night. Start to finish.” After graduating elementary school, she earned the lead in the indie film short, “Hidden Medicine” produced by Academy Award-nominee, Roland Joffé. “Hidden Medicine” premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and went on to air in the “Best of Sundance Film Festival” series on Sundance Channel.
With no intention on leaving music behind, during high school, Dakota crafted and recorded her unique version of Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross’s hit single, “My Mistake,” which was featured in the rockumentary film, “America’s Last Frontier.” And, after high school, Dakota entered Loyola Marymount University to study classical music.
While in her sophomore year at LMU, Dakota was presented with a unique a life-changing opportunity. She traveled to Europe to sing and perform with rock legend, Peter Maffay, and other renowned artists from around the world on a 15-city arena tour in Germany called “Encounters II – An Alliance For Children.” “I went from performing for thirty people in class to thirty thousand people in Germany.” While on the tour, Dakota sang in three languages – Lakota, Hebrew, and English – and she became friends with the diverse artists bridging cultures. The performances they did together bonded them into an unorthodox family. “It was a truly extraordinary experience. As artists and friends, we learned from one another, both musically and culturally.” Following the tour, Dakota joined Carlos Santana, Robby Romero, Peter Maffay, and Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) in a Concert for Peace in Bochum, Germany. Dakota had the distinct pleasure of performing with and singing Carlos Santana’s classic hit “Oye Como Va.”
Continuing her education, Dakota studied abroad in Paris, where she fell madly in love. The two didn’t even speak the same language. “We created our own language, a combination of Spanish, English, and French. We probably sounded absurd to those around us, but somehow we made sense to each other.” Her experiences in the City of Light would be the backdrop of the music she would later create. The pain inspired her to co-write a song titled after the city itself.
After graduating with a B.A. degree in Music, Dakota was invited to attend and perform at the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. Singing at various events and attending meetings, the experience reinforced how Dakota wants to live her life and how passionate she is for the rights of Mother Earth and all peoples.“My eyes were opened to how profoundly we all matter to each other.”
Currently, Dakota is performing in Los Angeles at renowned venues such as the House of Blues and Conga Room, as well as writing with a diverse group of artists and musicians. With both Native and Latin American roots, she is perfecting the right combination of sounds that capture the soul of her multicultural background and upcoming self-titled debut CD. Keep an eye out, and ears open for Dakota Romero, who continues turning heads with her sophisticated touch to pop music, her legend is only the beginning.