Danni Nicholls “is a classic songwriter, her feet firmly rooted in Americana” (Sprial Earth). Her signature blend of “smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country” (Q Magazine) combined with the authenticity and passion with which they are delivered make her one of the UK’s leading artists in this expansive genre and one who “can proudly hold her own amongst some of Nashville’s most talented musicians” (CMP magazine)
Danni recently returned from making her second album in Nashville. ‘Mockingbird Lane’ features several members of the stellar cast from her first album and will be released 23rd October 2015.
From a young age, Danni was soaking up American folk, country and rock n roll music from her Grandmother’s record collection in her small home town of Bedford, UK. When she inherited her Uncle Heathcliff’s 1963 Burns London Shortscale Jazz guitar (rumoured to have belonged to Billy Fury!) aged 16, all those influences came pouring back out in the form of her own original material and has been flowing ever since.
Danni met Producer Chris Donohue (The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) in London in 2011 whilst Chris was in the UK playing bass with Emmylou Harris. The pair hit it off and have now made two albums together with Chris at the helm and some of Nashville’s finest musicians featuring on the tracks.
Debut ‘A Little Redemption’ was released July 2013 on Transmission Recordings to critical acclaim. Credits on the albums include the legendary Al Perkins on Dobro (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones) Steve Fishell on Pedal Steel (Albert Lee, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt) and Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, John Prine)
“My time in Music City working with these great, great musicians was a hugely inspirational and surreal experience. I had to pinch myself a lot to make sure it was actually really happening! It forced me to raise my game and push my boundaries. I’ve come away with two albums which I’m immensely proud of”
Armed with her trusty, ‘weathered and worn’ Tanglewood parlour guitar, Danni has been touring far and wide for the past 8 years honing her craft in a live setting and wooing audiences. A vibrant, spell-binding performer, Danni has ben invited to support many artists such as Todd Snider, Kim Richey, Jim Lauderdale, Angus and Julia Stone, Bobby Bare Jr, Otis Gibbs, Mark Olsen, Nell Bryden, Tift Merrit and Diana Jones. Danni’s performances are guaranteed to melt your heart and the soles of your cowboy boots. Her passionate delivery, powerful, velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.