dREA is the moniker Limerick's Damien Drea. Damien's very first steps coincided with his first steps in the music business, as both his parents are professional musicians. This exposed him to music from an early age. His initial interest has developed into a lifelong career that has seen him work with a multitude of talented musicians and producers and has also taken him to venues all over the world and to sharing the stage with the likes of Bell X1 and Editors. His love of performing is matched by his passion for songwriting and has led to a number of successes including the Hot Press song of the year award & a licensing deal with major American TV network, CBS.
Since 2013, dREA has embarked on tours and has appeared at Hard Working Class Heroes as well as supporting Bell X1 during their sold out tour at Dublin's Vicar St. Early in 2014, played the Other Voices Music Trail in Derry along side Marina and the Diamonds and Neil Hannon . May 2014 saw the release of the debut album, Bravest of All. The album was produced by Giuliano Baglioni, who has worked on various projects with Canadian, Daniel Lanois, and was mixed by Kieran Lynch (U2, REM, Elvis Costello).
The album debuted in the Top Ten of the Irish Indie Charts on the back of some excellent reviews. The Sunday Times called it “all that is right with indie zen rock” and Hot Press gave this “beautiful, lovingly well crafted debut” 8 out of 10. The Metro noted that “dREA has a rare talent of imbuing sad songs with muscularity and swagger”. dREA was also highlighted as one to watch in a feature on Irish music in the prestigious Music Week UK. Animal single received national airtime on The Colm O'Sullivan Show on Today FM. 2015 has started brightly for dREA as Bravest of All was one of the nominees for Best Debut Album in the Hot Press Readers Poll .
dREA is currently working on the follow up to “Bravest of All”
" Is a mash-up of all that is right with indie zen rock " The Sunday Times
" A beautiful lovingly -crafted debut " Hotpress 8/10
“Vast and Profound “ Musician.ie
“dREA has a rare talent of imbuing sad songs with muscularity and swagger” The Metro