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Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Danielle DeCosmo grew up thinking that singing in 3 part harmony, swing dancing in the kitchen, and drumming on every surface of the house was a normal part of life. It is for the DeCosmo family, where everyone sings daily. Because of this upbringing, music is second nature to Danielle. Over the past five years, she has been singing for patients at Shands hospital, performing across the country and writing music. After singing with a psychedelic rock band (The Day), a funk/rock/reggae band (Boss Lady and the Company) and an R&B/soul band (6th St. Rhythm and Blues Review), she has decided to concentrate on honing her sound, by writing on her grandfather's mandolin, her guitar, bass, or piano.
So far, DeCosmo has had the honor of performing at the following events (bars, pubs and night clubs excluded):
• Democratic Convention for President Bill Clinton, Orlando, FL, 1999
• NCAA Final Four half-time shows, Orlando
• University of Florida “Gator Growl” with Bill Cosby, Gainesville, FL, 2002
• Magnolia Music Fest, Live Oak, FL, 2009
• International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN, 2010 & 2011
Ronnie in “Hair” at the University of Florida, 2010
• Daytona Blues Festival, Daytona, FL, 2010
Her resume also includes 10 years of vocal coaching in Gainesville, FL (Santa Fe College, Studio Percussion and private lessons). DeCosmo's voice is described as sensual and soothing, similar to Norah Jones and the crooners of the 1930's and '40s.
“DeCosmo, vocalist for Boss Lady and the Company, came to 6th Street when the band had an opening for a lead singer. At Friday’s show, with her hair pulled back and dressed in a modest black sleeveless frock, she didn’t resemble the bikini-top-wearing, belly-baring chick from Boss Lady and the Company. That iteration of DeCosmo is something of a local legend. The singer lost nothing in shedding the sexy for the demure. The modest attire meant that the voice had to stand on its own and it did, alternately gliding, swooping, sailing, and rocketing through a set list comprising R & B classics and original material. ”
―Susanna Mars, Fresh Squeezed Florida 2010
“Two of the best singers you'll find in town, or anywhere for that matter, will be at The Atlantic, Saturday night, Ricky Kendall and Danielle DeCosmo.”
-Dante Lima, Gainesville Sun
“She is small in stature, but has a big, big voice….think Susan Tedeschi. She was born way too late to be a torch singer at the Copa, but her voice will remind you of those silky 1940′s vocalists.”
―Steve Hart, Amelia Island Blues Fest 2010