Dena hails from New Jersey, lead singer Cassidy and bassist Jen Zielenbach are also from New Jersey. She was inspired to play drums after seeing Karen Carpenter play drums during a live performance. She started playing at 8 years old. She also plays guitar in her free time.
She auditioned and joined the band in late 1998. Prior to joining the band, Dena worked in retail. The band released four independent albums before they signed with a major label. Lava Records offered them a record deal in 2003, after Jasom Flom saw one of their shows. Their major label debut From the Ground Up was released exclusively through Starbucks coffeeshops, in conjunction with Starbucks' Hear Music series. They are currently recording their upcoming album tentatively scheduled for release in early 2007.