Danielle Nicole Invites You Into The 'Wolf Den'
Authentic, passionate and blessed with a voice that is as bluesy, raw and soulful as can be, Danielle Nicole made quite the impression when we first heard her remarkable James Brown cover. Dynamically agile, tenderly inflected and packing the kind of powerhouse grit that leaves jaws on the floor, Danielle Nicole's voice seemed to be summoned from the very depths of her soul in what was a quite stunning rendition that proved truly worthy of the phrase 'mind-blowing'. No surprise then that she in fact has a musical pedigree to match such talent.
Raised in Kansas City around music courtesy of her family, Danielle Nicole found inspiration early in a diverse range of legends - Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, the Neville Brothers, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin - before going on to found with her brothers the blues/soul family band, Trampled Under Foot. Rising to an esteemed position on the international blues scene over TUF's 13 year span, Danielle Nicole shared in the band's multiple awards, Billboard Blues #1 album and critical acclaim, which included being named by NPR as 'One To Watch' for 2013.
Branching out last year from TUF to form her solo project, The Danielle Nicole Band, the singer/bass-player recently released her debut 'Wolf Den' album. Finding inspiration in her New Orleans-based collaboration with Grammy-winning producer/guitarist Anders Osborne, Danielle Nicole proves that she is truly inhabited with an effortlessly instinctive feel for bluesy grooves and soulful passions. Absorbing the essence of the Big Easy's musical heritage with Osborne's assistance, she has crafted for the album a self-described, eclectically-sourced 'blues-based roots' sound.
With tracks that draw on everything from funky, infectious grooves and emotively fired torch songs, to bluesy soul, jazz accents and a rock-charged swagger, at the center of the album is always Danielle Nicole's fantastic voice. Whether it be the heartfelt yearning of 'Just Give Me Tonight' or the funky strut and organ riff of 'I Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home''s bad intentions, or the doo-wop-hues of 'Take It All''s bruised emotion and 'Didn't Do You No Good''s rocky churn, Danielle Nicole's voice always hits the emotional mark. From tender sensitivity to heartfelt vulnerability, and from gritty passion to powerful urgency, her voice intuitively packs the kind of perfectly weighted punch that leaves no doubt as to the appeal and potency of this most authentic of talents.
Be sure to catch Danielle Nicole on the 'Wolf Den' tour in the coming months.