Photo: Chad Michael Ward


MEMBERS: Tiana Woods (Vocals), Blake Mattea (Guitar), Justin Mattea (Bass) and Luke Brishaber (Drums)


BIOGRAPHYNot every day does a band come along that has the professionalism and determination like no other. Female fronted independent hard rock/pop powerhouse, VARNA is that band. Formed in Los Angeles in early 2010 as 'Living Eulogy', their band name VARNA was taken from the street that their rehearsal studio was located on. They would take refuge there after working full time at their mundane day jobs. "VARNA symbolizes to us, the place and time where you get to live out your dreams.” In late 2013, they released their debut EP, 'THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL'  featuring 'My Heart' and 'Running Away'. A mix of commercial pop vocals accompanied by hard rock guitars, produced by Erik Ron (I Prevail, Black Veil Brides, Panic at the Disco) TTIP immediately received international acclaim through press reviews and interviews reaching countries such as England, Ireland, Bulgaria, Australia, Latin America and The Philippines as well as state side, online charting in the company of major artists such as Linkin Park and Three Days Grace. 2014 proved to be an even bigger year for Varna. With their debut video for 'My Heart' premiering on, a 'Success Story' from Musician's Institute, a clean sweep feature on Los Angeles' KLOS FM 'Stay or Go' with Heidi & Frank plus multiple media press, it lead to a sponsorship deal with ColdCock Whiskey and their loyal fan base (#VARNFAMILY) securing a spot for them on 2014's VANS Warped Tour. During 2015, they went back into the studio to record their sophomore release with Erik Ron once again, while teaming up with JOURNEY'S, to premiere 'My Heart' nationwide to over 600 stores. They have received a nomination for 'Rock Artist of the Year' at the 2015 Los Angeles Music Awards and two 2016 NAIRMA (North American Independent Rock Awards) nominations, 'Female Fronted Group of the Year" and  "People's Choice". They took home the coveted fan voted 2016 NAIRMA 'People's Choice' award sharing the stage with Drowning Pool, Act of Defiance and Screaming for Silence. They recently provided direct support for multi-platinum rock band, Drowning Pool on the HELLELUJAH Tour. Their new singles, 'Living A Lie' and 'Survival of the Fittest'  made their debut in August 2016, being the only female fronted unsigned band to reach Top 40 on the Billboard Mainstream Indicator Rock Charts for both tracks. After being nominated for 'Best Hard Rock Song' at the 2016 Independent Music Awards in New York City, as well opening for major rock players, Adelita's Way and Stitched Up Heart. After a band change, their new single, 'The Craving' was released in 2020, becoming a top play on Spotify. Varna is set to be their legacy.


2020: HEAVY MAG: This Goes to 11- Tiana from VARNA

2018: First Listen:  VARNA's 'The Craving' -- 5 Out of 5 Stars!

2016 Independent Music Awards (IMA) in NYC: VARNA nominated for 'Best Hard Rock Song': Living A Lie!
2016 North American Independent Rock Music Awards (NAIRMA) : VARNA Wins People's Choice!
2016 North American Independent Rock Music Awards (NAIRMA) : 2 Nominations: VARNA
2015 Los Angeles Music Awards' Rock Artist of the Year Nomination: VARNA
2014 Barebones Entertainment Awards Winner: Music Video of the Year: My Heart (Varna)
2014 Barebones Entertainment Awards Winner: Female Vocalist of the Year: Tiana Woods (Varna
Featured on REVOLVERMAG.COM: Exclusive Premiere: Varna, "My Heart"
Featured on VANS WARPED TOUR 2014 (Shiragirl Stage)
Featured on KLOS 95.5 'The Heidi & Frank Show'
Musician's Institute Success Story of 2014: VARNA

"Fans of rock will find themselves hooked on the magic that is Varna. In fact, Varna deserves to have a genre named after them." -Denise Kang, Moshin' Magazine

Denise Kang - Moshin' Magazine


Photo: Chad Michael Ward

Photo Credit: Maya Kay

Photo: Genevieve Munroe

Photo Credit: Maya Kay


Photo Credit: Maya Kay

2016 NAIRMA Awards/ Photo: Paul Hebert