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There's a lot to see and do here so whether you're at work trying to mix up the hum drum, out in the world sippin' on a cup of joe or at home unwinding with a smooth glass of vino ~ take your time ❤️  it's all fantastical and certainly worth a gander! 

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Quick Blurb About ME!

HI! I'm Danielle ~

I’m a one-eyed, one-eared, flying purple people eater ...and I’m forever young at heart! I love cartoons and spaghettios and random games of duck duck goose. I think connecting to inner youth keeps us happy and spontaneous - seeking adventure each day! I want excitement and fun in my life and goofiness is exactly what the doctor prescribed!

I started my musical journey holding the hands of beautiful, headstrong Disney princesses and I still love those fair maidens today. I’ve given everything I am to music - I’ve weathered incredibly tough times, been issued several “minor” noise violations, lived in my car and even chosen music over refrigerated food.

Music is the air I breathe. It gives life to my deepest emotions; giving them a voice that can be understood in any language. One of my favorite things to do is to turn out the lights in my studio, light a few candles, have a glass of wine and let go. Let the music flow out of my fingertips onto the keys. I make music for every day life. For the happy moments, the disappointing moments, the feme fatale moments and the sexy, beautiful, heartfelt lovey dovey moments.

Photographers capture life with film, I capture it with sound.

I hope you love my music as much as I do. I hope it carries you through your day and acts as a soundtrack to your world.

If you want to read more about me & my journey ~ CLICK HERE!

It's Finally Here!!  

Hoot hoot! My new CD '1440' is finally out and ready for your ears!! ❤️

I am seriously sooooo excited about this! It's 11 songs - all of which are bombdotcom in my totally unbiased opinion 😁 and this one is even more fantastical than the last release!!

To celebrate, we hosted a fancy event out in LA and had so many wonderful people attend! If you weren't able to make it, here are some fan photos from the night! 
 

New Music in the Works! 

So this is a quick three second blurb for those of you checking my site to let you know that I'm working on a new record!! Hoot hoot!! I'm sooooo excited! Stay tuned for more little llamas! ❤️

 

It's All About The Chase! 

So I just finished filming my newest music video this past weekend. It was sooooo much fun! Tons of work, but really really fun!

The song is called, 'The Chase' and it's all about chasing dreams. I think too many of us get stuck in the mundane routine of everyday responsibility and we forget that we have a choice. We can absolutely live the life we want! I wrote this song as I myself took that journey. :) 

As posts below will tell, I quit my job and made the jump from worker bee to solo butterfly! It's been an up and down whirlwind of excitement and I am so happy to be doing what I love. I think we all deserve that so I wrote this song for all of us - for the dreamers that want to become the doers :)

The song will be released on March 31st and I truly hope you love it!

Now it's your turn!! Share your journey with me on social media!! Just hashtag #ItsAllAboutTheChase for a chance to be featured in my next music video!!

Cheers!

Singing and Cocktails 

So... as a full time musician, I sing a lot! I mean... a LOT. So much so, that I recently discovered some of my technique failures and had to struggle through my singing. I sing an average of 17 hours a week and it started to wear on me. So... I did a lot of research on super fast recovery and came up with a recipe to live by. It keeps you recovering during times you maybe can't stop talking/singing for a full 24-48hrs (which btw, is the absolute BEST thing you can do for yourself.)
Reminders - WARM UP and WARM DOWN when you're done singing. Trust me, I've learned the hard way. :)

Ok... here are the steps to live by and my "Singer's Cocktail":

Morning:

20-30 second gargle (do not swallow)
*1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of honey.

Throughout the Day:

Take two Advil to aid the inflammation and drink five 16oz bottles of water -- in each one, put:

Two droppers of Sage Extract in bottle one
Two droppers of Turmeric Extract in bottle two
Two droppers of Marshmallow Extract in bottle three
Two droppers of Licorice Extract in bottle four
One dropper of each of the above extracts in bottle five



After dinner: 

Traditional Medicinals' Organic Throat Coat (two tea bags) in 8oz of hot water. Drink as many cups as desired. 

Stop 1 hour before bed.

Spray throat with "Singer's Saving Grace - Professional Strength - NO alcohol"

Right before bed:

Brush teeth and gargle with one 2oz of warm water mixed with one dropper of Sage, Turmeric, Marshmallow and Licorice Extracts and 1/2 tablespoon of honey.

Finish with a spoonful of honey and 6 drops of pure Propolis Extract. 

And.... rest your voice as much as possible :)

It's a lot I know, but it's keeping me going! Hope it helps you like it's helped me :)

Cheers!

What We Do For Our Dreams 

This time last year I was fully employed as a Bank of America worker bee. I gave my 40+ hours every week to "the man" and was well compensated for my soul sacrifice. Now please don't misunderstand, BofA was a fine company to work for … good benefits, steady pay … it was safe and easy. And I was still able to give a little to my music; I performed on the weekends and on occasion would find the creative spark needed to produce new material. But my momentum was trapped in molasses … I found myself constantly struggling to move forward because I wasn't fully committed, I wasn't "all in." 

In early 2012 I was told by a very reputable management company that while they were interested in me,  I needed to quit my job before they'd take me on. The rep told me that they didn't want to commit to my career because I hadn't committed yet. Hearing this was beyond frustrating. It was a Catch 22 hurdle that I just couldn't figure out how to get over.  First of all, I was committed, I loved being a musician … AND… I needed my job - I needed the money to keep pushing my music career forward. How was I supposed to survive and pay bills if I quit? I honestly couldn't figure it out.. I couldn't see past the difficulty and the basic math. So I let that opportunity pass me by. I set the "quit my job" idea on the "someday" bulletin board and kept on drudging through molasses. 

I continued to give my 40+ hours to BofA and I worked even harder to move myself forward musically. I made headway too ~ started booking better gigs for myself and even caught the eye of some influencial music folks in the big kid Music Biz club. :) But being the hungry for success critter that I am, I wanted more. I wanted to be further down the "paying my dues" path than I was. But I didn't know what more I could do. I was still scared to leave my comfort zone ~ still didn't have faith that my music would carry me.

Then, last August, I traveled. I went to Italy and saw an incredible part of the world! Food, music, wine and general beauty coursed through my veins! I was reignited with passion for life and had an incredible soundtrack for the journey. 


Listening to the Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles, I realized that I was stunting my own growth by being afraid of the unknown. The vocal and lyrical maturity of Sara's work made me want to commit more time, more energy… more of myself to my music. 

So, while having a delicious latte in Capri,

I decided to quit my job. I gave myself a few months to prepare and boom ~ I quit. 

Now, I know I've mentioned this before in a previous blog (Learning To Trust) … but my commitment didn't stop there. Quitting was the beginning. 

Since January of this year I've been moving at full speed ~ I perform at least 4 days a week, practice at least 2 hours a day (often times more), I write at least 1 new song a week and I run all of the behind the scenes stuff that goes into being employed as a full time musician. 

I actually work a thousand times harder than I did when I was working 40+ hours for BofA. Every moment of every day is devoted completely to moving forward. I follow my heart and back up the passion with calculated moves. I ignore the rules of engagement and do what feels right - but most of all, I'm not afraid to fail, I'm not afraid of the unknown. I believe in my music and I do what I can to get better each day. Going for your dreams means that you're traveling in uncharted waters ~ you're paving the way for yourself; not following the masses. So your entire world is unknown … you can't be afraid of that… if you are, then you'll never move forward. 

Dream chasing isn't reserved for any specific group/career path, anyone can do it. :) My good friend Katie Nathey (Check her blog out here: http://upcycledtreasures.com) is living proof of that as well. She's a DIY blogger and is making big waves in that community. She too works hard every day. She does what she loves and embraces the unknown. 

As Cinderella once sang, "A dream is a wish your heart makes." Dreams are worth chasing - but you'd better be ready and willing because that chase is a long one.