About Dannie Marie
Dannie Marie is a Cali girl with a country soul. With two radio singles, multiple radio tours, and a new music video under her belt, Dannie Marie is an indie artist who is kicking up some dust working D-I-Y style in the music industry. 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.”
Dannie Marie grew up with the notion that country music was “boring and for old people.” But that all changed when, at the age of 13, she reluctantly attended her first country music concert. That night she watched a new American Idol winner named Carrie Underwood sing Jesus Take the Wheel. Drawn in and mesmerized by Underwood’s performance and the crowd's reaction, Dannie knew at that moment she wanted to do exactly what Underwood was doing … changing the world through God and country music.
Music is a family affair for Dannie Marie. Her younger brother Nick accompanies her on acoustic guitar or banjo on radio tours and at live shows. They played their biggest show to date in 2016 at one of America's most popular country music festivals -- Country Thunder -- on the same stage where Chris Janson (Buy Me A Boat) got his start a few years prior. Performing as an acoustic act or full band, Dannie Marie has played stages and venues from coast to coast.
The first single and title track of her new CD, Anything I Wanna Be, was released to country radio in May 2015. 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. She did 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. To promote her newest single, Countin' Down Summertime, Dannie Marie visited another dozen country stations in five states on her 2016 spring break Flyover States Radio Tour. See what music programmers have to say about the new summer anthem. The Official Music Video for Countin’ Down Summertime was released last summer and will have its film festival World Premiere at San Diego Film Week in February 2017.
The CD with nine original tracks written by Dannie Marie and recorded with a full band in Nashville at The 515 Studio is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Physical CDs can be purchased on this website or at live shows.
In 2015, Dannie Marie won the local round of the 34th annual Country Showdown at the Colorado River Fair in Blythe, CA and advanced to the state round, where she performed for a crowd of 1,000 country music fans.
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.
Just after graduating from high school in 2010 -- with her motto "rock stars don't go to college" -- 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 country artist, Dannie Marie enjoys using her platform to encourage young girls to follow their dreams, believe in themselves and make positive life choices. 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
Countin' Down Summertime (single) on iTunes
Anything I Wanna Be (single) 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 album, 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.