Danielle Johnson Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
1. Tell us about your new single “Let It Be You” and your upcoming EP.
I wrote “Let It Be You” with Jennifer Denmark and Briana Tyson. We were all talking about past relationships and how sometimes friends
turn into something more. It was exciting to write a song that was so relatable and could resonate with people. We were talking about something that is common, yet exciting and risky. It’s all about taking that dive in, all in. I have an upcoming 5 song EP coming soon. It’s very fun, yet honest. The EP takes you on a ride that’s courageous, but also very exciting.
2. Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you
describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
I would describe myself as determined, passionate, and real. My music is about vulnerability and truthfulness. I want to write songs that
make you want to turn on the radio and dance, but I also want them to connect with people. I want my fans to always have songs that are personal and coming from the heart.
3. Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Taylor Swift has always been my biggest inspiration since I was just a kid. I remember hearing “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “Tim McGraw” for the first time and immediately feeling every word and was amazed how the lyrics were so raw and personal. It takes a lot of guts and confidence to write a song that is truly from the heart.
4. What inspired you to become an artist?
When I was eight years old, I performed on stage for the first time and it was magical, truly. I had no nerves whatsoever and remember
thinking to myself, “Wow, this is it. This is my passion. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” That was the first moment that I came to the realization that this was more than a love, it was me.
5. What inspired you to become a songwriter?
I have always been mesmerized with the idea of writing my own songs. I looked up to artists that could be so open and truthful. That’s
why I admire Taylor Swift so much. When I was young, I never experienced heartbreak of course, but when I heard her lyrics, I felt it. I knew right then and there that I wanted my audience to experience that first hand. I want to touch people.
6. What drives you?
The passion. Making music is such can extraordinary gift. One that I am so blessed to be able to share. I want to give it globally. I want
to be known all around the world. Meeting tons of fans and seeing those smiling faces. When you’re standing on stage, you’re in the moment. For however long you’re up there, you are telling your stories and you’re connecting. The adrenaline from the crowd and knowing that you’re giving you to them, every part of yourself. Well…that’s what drives me.
7. What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?
“Teardrops On My Guitar” by Taylor Swift is one of my favorites. So beautifully written. Also, “Let It Be” by the Beatles is iconic. That song
I’ve known since I was just a toddler and have a always loved it. Sonically and lyrically amazing.
8. What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
The ones that resonate with people. Ones that are relatable, fun, and sad too. I just always want to write the truth. Songs that are about
love, life, and my life experiences. Hopefully they will always touch people.
9. Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
The best reward is when fans come up to me giving the biggest hug, saying how much they love my music. When they know every word, that means so much to me. That is the best feeling in the world. Also, when they tell me that they went through the same experience in life.
10. What was your big break that got you into the music business?
I met Guy Eckstine in NYC in 2014. I was auditioning for a show and he was waiting to master a record. He sat down and we just started
talking. I told him that my passion was singing country music and how it made such an impact on my life. Turns out, he was a manager. So, I sent him a video of me performing our National Anthem at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Several days later, we met again and we discussed his creative developmental plan. He was my first introduction into the music industry. Here we are, four years later still working together.