Me Myself I
With the release of her independent debut CD, me, myself & i, in 1995, Danielle introduced herself as a poetic and introspective singer/songwriter whose style ranges from intimately accessible to strangely quirky to passionately aggressive. The contributing musicians and producers certainly make this CD an all-star project as Danielle had the pleasure of working with various members of Blue Rodeo and Spirit of the West as well as members of the Sarah McLachlan and Barney Bentall bands. The power of her poetic lyrics and the raw sincerity of her voice strike a deep chord with audiences and Danielle has forged her reputation opening for such artists as Holly Cole, the Barenaked Ladies, Burton Cummings, Mae Moore, Connie Kaldor, Melanie Doane, and Lawrence Gowan. Danielle has co-written with several noted songwriters such as Matthew Good, Annette Ducharme and Jenny Allen and her original material has been covered by both Jenny Allen and the Plaid Tongued Devils in their One Yellow Rabbit theatre rock opera co-production In Kleskavania. Her second CD, Piece, took several years to complete and was finally released in 2003. A true labour of love, Piece was mixed at Alberta's prestigious Banff Centre by John Sorensen (The Rolling Stones, Beck), Danielle's collaborative cast on this project included noteworthy names like Burton Cummings (on the gloomy, doom-weighted duet "To the Death"), Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), Paul MacLeod (The Skydiggers) and Luke Doucet (Veal). ___ 'danielle exhibits the qualities of energy and spirit that is present in her attitude and her songs that is a hallmark of some of the best Canadian songwriters and will distinguish her. ___Tom Cochrane Career highlights to date include appearing on the hit CBC television show, Rita and Friends, being invited to perform at the Calgary leg of the Lilith Fair and, being nominated for an AMPIA award for 'best song in a soundtrack'. She has won several songwriting awards including the national Scott Liddle Award and a 'best song' award for Worthy (co-written with Matthew Good) in the 1995 Vancouvers' demolisten derby. She has completed two music videos (Scarlett Wishes and Worthy) which received light airplay on MUCHMusic. ___ 'There is a wonderful singer out of Calgary named Danielle French and I invited her to my show in Calgary just to personally tell her I think she has a great future...' ___Rita McNeil in an interview with the Prince George Free Press Currently Danielle is hard at work on her third CD project with an anticipated release by the summer of 2006. Booking and managing herself, Danielle has toured extensively in both Canada and the United States in support of her independent releases. She has also toured with the Grrrls with Guitars project- a female songwriter showcase/compilation CD. Five of the artists featured on the CD compilation have been touring together, performing in a songwriter-in-the-round format, throughout southern BC and Alberta, including folk festival performances at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in and the Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife.