Reshana Marie

 
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     Reshana Marie was born in Fort Wayne Indiana and grew up in a musical family. Her earliest memories are of being a very young child play acting and dreaming about being a performer. She with only younger sister at that time, would sit on the basement steps together  and watch her father's country band practicing. She would dream about being a singer in the band (when they both weren't swooning over the bass player in the band!). During other times, she along with sister, Tasha, 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 or sometimes holding a toy guitar. To this very day, Reshana loves it when she can sing with her sister, and wanted to share "Tasha Singing
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     Later in those childhood years, Reshana's would get her first real experience singing in front of others, outside her family.  At age nine, she and sister were invited to sing for their church's congregation. They sang the song “Give Me That Old Time Religion” and intermingled that tune with some lyrics from the song “Standing In The Need Of Prayer”, each taking parts. She remembers feeling very relaxed and at ease and totally loving it. Years later she had her first opportunity to sing totally 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.

 
    * Note: all gospel recordings in the Links below were recorded when Reshana was 15 years old
           
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     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, with the family now traveling in two buses, a decision was made to stay in state, as some of the older ones were now married or engaged. Within months of that, another decision was made to go back to their father, David McDowell's original roots of country music which was  instilled in him by his father, Porter McDowell. For years after, 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 lets me play his bass!"  The band features Reshana Marie and adds some variety & spice with some 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 schedule.  Currently several short tours are in the making.
She  presently
resides with her family in the Carolina's and travels out by private coach.

 

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