Young singer-songwriter Danielle Marie originally from Morinville, Alberta has always had a passion for music. At only 10 months old, she could be heard singing her ABC’s loud and proud. Danielle participated in early music programs and continued with music/band in school until 2011, when she decided to seriously pursue a music career.
Heavily influenced by contemporary artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele, Danielle released her first EP in July 2013. While the folk/alt-folk offering attracted much attention – and even hit the #1 local spot on ReverbNation – she was convinced that musically, there was more. A month later she headed to Nashville with 5 songs in hand, and recorded a full album, ‘More Than Just A Girl’, and her first music video. Making a video also gave Danielle a chance to indulge her other – but equally compelling – love: acting. Within 24 hours of posting her controversial video ‘Mad Kicks’, it reached over 10,000 YouTube plays – no mean feat for a new artist.
Since releasing this music, it has been suggested (by fans and peers alike) that it could easily cross over into the alt/country genre. In just one year on ReverbNation (where she hit #1 locally, nationally and globally on the Country charts), over 1,000,000 plays and 40,000 fans, Danielle is beginning to attract some international attention. She is feeling more confident than ever, and ready to take her career to the next level.
Danielle’s viral success on ReverbNation has been a great asset in building a substantial mailing list (approximately 500 signups a week). She has also attracted the attention of a number of industry heavyweights including Canadian country star Michelle Wright, and Award winning Nashville hit writer Byron Hill; and has sung the Canadian national anthem for the Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
Canadian country radio is beginning to take notice of this newcomer, and has begun to add Danielle’s latest singles. In addition, she was scouted for Miss Teen Canada Globe 2014, and was also the 2013 10-Dance U.S. National A ‘Closed Silver Ballroom’ Dance Champion. (She not only WON, but placed 1st in all dances.)
It came as no surprise to anyone when this spectacularly poised and multi-gifted young performer was chosen to showcase at the prestigious Canadian Music Week 2014 conference in Toronto, one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. Danielle was named the 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance WINNER which had her a perform at the fan-favourite Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday and Today, which took place during this year’s Country Music Week in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Danielle recently placed 2nd in the BC Country Music Assoc/Music BC Artist Development Project for a $3,000 prize package. She was chosen as a 2015 Unsigned Only Semi-Finalist for 2 of her original songs off her new album ‘Here Right Now’, and received a 2015 Edmonton Music Awards nomination for ‘Artist to Watch’, along with past accolades of a 2014 ‘Unsigned Only’ Music Competition Honourable Mention, a 2013 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist award, Sold Out shows and a sophomore album helmed by award winning Producer Tom McKillip which broke the top 25 iTunes Country Albums within 24 hours of release. Danielle went into the 2015 BC Country Music Awards this past October with 4 Nominations, Album of the Year (Here Right Now), Female Vocalist of the Year, Ray McAuley Horizon Award, and Fans Choice, she was awarded the 2015 Ray McAuley Horizon Award. 2015 has proven to be a year of exciting career milestones for Danielle.
A natural performer and happiest in front of an audience, it is obvious that music feeds her soul – and that Danielle Marie is one to watch.
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