Growing up outside Philadelphia, Parish was writing and recording music by age thirteen, and went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music.
Parish’s first single, “Not My Problem”, from her debut album Uncrushed, charted at #23 on Billboard, and she soon became one of the highest-charting independent artists. Parish bested herself, and broke into the Top 10, with the second single from the album, “Let It Go By”. This led to several appearances on major morning and talk shows, including The CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and KTLA. Clear Channel selected Parish as their Featured Artist for sixteen weeks in a row.
Two of Parish’s songs appeared on Celine Dion’s #1 album, Loved Me Back to Life. Co-written with her husband, Andrew Hollander, they’re titled “Thankful” and “Always Be Your Girl.”
The Parish/Hollander collaboration “Broken Ones” performed by Jacquie Lee, The Voice Season 5 finalist, was a chart success. Most recently, Dana has co-written songs for Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Stanaj, Jake Troth, and others.
In July 2014, Parish was at a wedding on Long Beach Island, NJ, and came back to NYC with a severe case of Lyme disease that would change the course of her life, and almost steal it. After three weeks of antibiotics that she was told would cure her, she went on to have severe multi-systemic symptoms that resulted, five months later, in heart failure. Parish saw a dozen doctors at top NYC institutions who did not think she had Lyme. Parish ultimately landed in the hands of Yale-trained internist, Dr. Steven Phillips, a top expert in treating vector-borne diseases, who ultimately saved her life.
After writing a column for HuffPost about chronic illness, which was read by over a million people, Parish and Phillips went on to co-author the bestselling, “Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again,” released February 2,2021, published by Harper Collins (formerly, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).