Hi Danielle, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have a twin brother that was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(which means he was born with half of a heart). That’s why we were born there. We are best friends and I’m so blessed to have him by my side always. I grew up in Warsaw, NC, a very small town with a population of 3,000 people. It’s the kind of town that has one stoplight and everyone literally knows everyone. I went to a private school kindergarten through fifth grade. Then I was homeschooled when I was cast in “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at Madison Square Garden in NYC and at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. I graduated high school in 2 calendar years in order to focus 150% on my music career.
How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? Music has always had such an impact on my life since I was a toddler. I’ve always had an infatuation with music. I would always sing in the car with my family. It was am everyday thing. I remember singing to Dolly Pardon, The Beatles, and the Eagles. When I was eight years old, I was asked to sing at my school event, so I said yes of course. I remember standing on the stage for the first time with no nerves whatsoever. I thought to myself, “Wow, this is my passion. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is me. I’ve found it.”
Who are some of your musical icons? Taylor Swift has always been such an inspiration to me from the beginning of her career and now. She’s such a wonderful entertainer. I admire how she can write such personal lyrics and pour her heart out. I also love Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Michael Jackson. They’re amazing.
What is the story behind your newest single “Let It Be You?”I co-wrote the song with Jennifer Denmark and Briana Tyson. We were all just talking about past relationships and how sometimes a friend turns into something more. It was so fun to write something so common, yet exciting and risky. It’s all about taking that dive, all in.
Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? My goal is to touch so many fans globally through my music. I want to be known all around the world. I always want my fans to feel connected to me and my music. I want to receive a Grammy. I want to be just as successful as Taylor Swift.
If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?Taylor Swift for sure. She seems like such a genuine person. She’s an amazing songwriter and performer. I recently went to her Reputation tour and I was blown away…seriously. She’s incredible.
Is there anything coming up new with your music for the rest of 2018?My 5 song EP is releasing October 3rd! This EP takes you on a ride that’s courageous, fun, and real.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Michael Jordan has a quote and he states, “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. He has some other really awesome quotes also.
Is there anything else you would like to share? I have a booking agent and a band, so we are rehearsing for upcoming shows in Nashville and in other states:) I can’t wait to perform! There’s no other feeling like performing!!! I absolutely love every second of it.
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