About Dannie Marie

Dannie Marie is a Cali girl with a country soul. Influenced by artists and bands such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Florida Georgia Line, Dannie Marie’s music can be described as “bro country with a dose of estrogen.”  The pop country singer/songwriter recently recorded a CD of her original music with a full band in Nashville, which will be released on her own label, Highway 8 Records. The first single, Anything I Wanna Be,  was released to country radio in May 2015 and is getting airplay in the US, Canada, and the UK.  The single is also available now on iTunes, CD Baby and this website. Watch the Official Lyric Video. Hear the story behind the song  in this video.

Traveling with her 16-year-old brother on guitar and her mom behind the wheel of their minivan, Dannie Marie logged more than 6,000 miles visiting radio stations to promote Anything I Wanna Be. To date, she has done conference room shows and interviews at 30 country radio stations in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Washington, and Idaho.  KFLG Program Director Craig Powers said, "Dannie Marie is the real deal -- she writes and performs like a 20-year pro. She's the whole package!" See highlights from the CA radio tour here.  See highlights from the southeast states radio tour here.

Dannie Marie won the local round of the 34th annual Country Showdown in March 2015 when she performed her original song Countin' Down Summertime at the Colorado River Fair. 

In 2013, Dannie moved from San Diego to LA, where she has appeared in music videos, commercials, TV shows and several movies. You may recognize her as the blonde backup singer in Itch’s official music video for Another Man, a song that  went platinum in Australia. And yes, that’s her in the Rhett and Link  Invisible Dog Prank video on Youtube (with more than 1.6 million views!) In the fall of 2014, Dannie Marie moved back to her hometown to play at local venues and prepare for the release of her new single and radio promo tour.



New Single "Anything I Wanna Be"


With Robby Lynn at Renegade Radio Nashville


Shooting a Promo for FX Channel

Prior to venturing out as a solo acoustic singer/songwriter, Dannie spent two years as the lead singer in The Dannie Marie Band, playing “pop country that rocks!” at various venues around her hometown of San Diego (along with a couple trips to Nashville). The band released a 3-song EP in 2010; got placement in a feature film for one of their original songs; and received recognition for their Flavor of the Week music video at film festivals (including a Golden Reel Award for Best Music Video at the Nevada Film Festival).

As she works to make her mark as a singer, songwriter, and actress, her underlying goal is to honor God and be a good role model for her generation. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 37: 4. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

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The DMB released their self-titled EP in December 2010. It includes the original songs Marry MeHome Sweet Home; and Flavor of the Week. The tracks were recorded at Big Fish Studios in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and mastered at Zen Mastering in San Diego. Songs are available on iTunes and CD Baby. 

Flavor of the Week is performed in a high school battle of the bands scene in the feature film Music High by Angelic Pictures  (release date TBA).

 DMB debut EP on iTunes

Once Upon A Time . . . . . .

In a small town east of San Diego, there lived an 8-year-old girl named Danielle Pupa who pleaded with her mom to take her to McDonalds to get the new CD from Britney Spears and N-Sync (available with the purchase of a Happy Meal). From the moment she heard it, she dreamed of being a rock star.

Danielle took musical theater classes and got small “chorus” roles in Christian Youth Theater productions. She took dance classes and voice lessons. In middle school, she played character roles as Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Frenchy in Grease. When she was 13 and Clay Aiken came to San Diego on his Joyful Noise Tour, Danielle (and her little brother Nick) got booked as background performers.
Danielle began writing songs when her dad gave her a guitar for her 16th birthday. During her junior year in high school, she and her mom drove 300+ miles roundtrip  every Sunday so she could take acting classes with one of the best youth acting coaches in Hollywood.  Danielle performed with her high school's Show Choir for 4 years, and  received the “Triple Threat” award. 
The moment of truth came at Danielle’s final show choir performance when their teacher had all the seniors line up on stage to announce which college they would be attending in the fall. When it came her turn, Danielle boldly stated, “Rock stars don’t go to college!”  Ever since then, she’s been following her heart to establish herself in the entertainment industry – as a singer, songwriter, and actress. And although college was not in her plans, Danielle spent countless hours over the next four years at songwriting and performance workshops, music industry seminars, and mentoring with industry professionals in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Nashville to hone her craft.
Several months before graduating from high school (on the dean’s list!), Danielle sought out musicians to back her up for a gig she’d booked at the San Diego County Fair that summer. With the realization that her given name, “Pupa,” could be a problem (for obvious reasons), she adopted the stage name, “Dannie Marie.” After several rehearsals, The Dannie Marie Band was born.

"Frenchy" in Grease

The band continued to perform around their hometown of San Diego for nearly two years, and released an EP of original songs. The band's new CD found its way into the hands of Tom Voris when Dannie and her mom attended the New Music Seminar in LA. Soon after, they were contacted by Voris, who was working as the Music Coordinator for an upcoming feature film that was looking for a country song to use in a high school battle of the bands scene. “Flavor of the Week” got placement in Music High, and Dannie Marie and drummer Ryan Poole appear in the movie as part of the fictional country band Silver Springs. Music High stars Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls; Dancing With the Stars), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Michael Copon (One Tree Hill), and Joe Slaughter (Step Up 3).


Dannie Marie With Cast of Music HIgh

The official music video for Flavor of the Week premiered at the Memphis International Film & Music Festival and also won a Golden Reel Award for Best Music Video from the Nevada International Film Festival.
In 2013, Dannie Marie decided to spread her wings and move to LA, where she appeared in music videos for a number of other recording artists and bands; commercials; industrial videos; TV shows and several movies. It wasn’t always as glamorous as it sounds, but the experience inspired several new songs and helped define who Dannie Marie is as a person and an artist.
In August 2014, Dannie Marie went to The 515 Studio in Nashville and laid down the tracks for her upcoming CD, aptly titled “Anything I Wanna Be.” The title song and first single was released in May 2015.
……and the next chapter is yet to be written.