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"
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."
DMB debut EP on iTunes
Once Upon A Time . . . . . .
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.
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.
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.