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Couple shares their passion for music working for American Idol

Posted: 5:04 PM, Sep 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-08 21:04:36Z
Couple lends passion for music to American Idol
Couple lends passion for music to American Idol

From Buffalo to Los Angeles-- years of dedication culminating on the American Idol stage.

Buffalo native and singer Tanya Diona's career spanned from the Queen City to the Big Apple and eventually to the City of Angels.

"When you have the opportunity to be on a television show like American Idol you want to always be prepared.  You want to always do your homework," she said.

It was in 2011 that Diona and her husband, Russell Graham got the call to join the American Idol house band. Graham playing keyboard or guitar--sometimes both.  Tanya singing backup vocals and eventually serving as a vocal arranger for the show.  

The couple worked for Idol from seasons 10-12 supporting winners Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candace Glover and dozens of other contestants as they sand their hearts out in front of millions of viewers.

Since Idol, Diona has been working on her album and Graham has been touring in house bands for different headliners.

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