Dannie Marie might as well be the girl Tom Petty was singing about. She’s a good girl, loves her mama; loves Jesus, and America too.
Dannie Marie (born Danielle Marie Pupa) is the typical SoCal girl-next-door, but with a passion to write songs and perform on stage and on the silver screen.
When asked about her college plans after her final show choir performance as a high school senior, Dannie Marie boldly stated, “Rock stars don’t go to college!” And ever since then, she’s been following her heart to establish herself in the entertainment industry – as a singer, songwriter, and actress.
Since graduating from high school in 2010, Dannie Marie has released a 3-song EP with her pop country band and has several singles in the works; has an original song featured in a new movie; received recognition for the band’s music video at several film festivals; and performed at venues around San Diego and Nashville.
She recently re-located to LA, where she has appeared in music videos, commercials, TV shows and several movies. And yes, that’s her in the Rhett and Link Invisible Dog Prank video on Youtube (with nearly a million views)! Dannie Marie signed with JMTA as her commercial agent, and is currently seeking representation for film and TV. She is enrolled in the advanced acting class at Cynthia Bain’s Young Actors Studio, where she also works part-time as an assistant.
ON THE MUSIC FRONT
Dannie Marie attended the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival April 25-28, 2013 for the screening and world premiere of her band’s music video for Flavor of the Week. She also performed an acoustic set along with band member Ryan Poole at a music showcase that was part of the festival.
The Dannie Marie Band is honored to have recently won a "Golden Reel Award" for Best Music Video from the Nevada International Film Festival for Flavor of the Week.
Flavor of the Week, a song Dannie Marie penned after a high school crush, is featured in the new movie Music High, which will be released in 2013. The song was recorded on The Dannie Marie Band’s debut EP, and was discovered by the film’s music consultant, Tom Voris, at the New Music Seminar in LA a few months later. Flavor of the Week is performed on the big screen in a high school battle of the bands scene. Dannie Marie and drummer Ryan Poole were part of the fictional country band Silver Springs in the movie, which stars Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Michael Copon (One Tree Hill), and Joe Slaughter (Step Up 3).
Dannie Marie spent nearly two years as the lead singer in her band, playing “Pop Country That Rocks!” They performed at various venues around their hometown of San Diego before Dannie Marie decided to make the move to LA, where she continues to perform as a solo acoustic singer. The band briefly reunited in January 2013 at Big Fish Studio (where Switchfoot, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World recorded their albums) to record a couple fan favorites that will be released as singles in the near future. Master Virtuoso Dennis Caplinger played fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and dobro to add some country flavor to the pop/rock tracks.
When writing songs, Dannie Marie wears her heart on her sleeve and writes lyrics that are colorful and packed with emotion. In her upcoming single about betrayal (Game Over), she sings “Back away from these jail cell bars that you’ve built around my heart/You will never get the key, after what you’ve done to me.”
Her lyrics often strike an emotion chord. Dannie Marie says, “I love it when people tell me one of my songs made them cry.” That’s often the response when listeners identify with the pain and longing for a lost love when they hear the opening lyric, “I drove by your house last night/Through the window I saw a light/Hoping I would see your silhouette too,” in the ballad Nothing Good About Goodbye.
As Dannie Marie 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.
While most of her peers were deciding which college to attend after graduation, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Dannie Marie was busy putting together a band to back her up for a gig at the upcoming San Diego County Fair (June 2010). After lots of prayers and networking, she recruited some of San Diego's best young musicians, and The Dannie Marie Band was born.
The Dannie Marie Band combined the imagery and story-telling elements of country music with a pop/rock flair to create music that appeals to teens, young adults, and the young-at-heart.
The Dannie Marie Band released their self-titled EP in December 2010. It includes the original songs Marry Me; Home 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 (2013 release).
ONCE UPON A TIME...
Oscar Mayer "Proposal" shoot
Music High cast photo
Set list from first concert
The Dannie Marie Band EP
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