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Don’t let the optimistic take on life in Danika’s music fool you into thinking she’s never endured hardship. She has... and plenty of it. She just chose to focus the message of her music on overcoming challenges and getting through life’s hardest moments in one piece, and being better for it. Danika believes music has the ability to heal. But that’s not all. A well written song and performance can lead you to sing along, to laugh, or to bop your head and groove with the beat. That’s what you can expect from a Danika Holmes show... not just songs, but an experience to remember.
You may have heard Danika on Sirius XM’s Coffee House station or on one of 150 radio stations around the US spinning her tunes. Or maybe you saw her opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley and Phil Vassar. Or in theaters, wineries, clubs and living rooms around the US, UK and Europe in one of over 400 shows since 2010 when she decided to pursue music full time, abandoning her PhD, only a dissertation short of becoming “Dr. Holmes.” But that’s a different story...
In 2010, Danika joined forces with guitarist Jeb Hart, a phenomenal player whose not afraid of shredding on an acoustic guitar. Jeb’s clean and sophisticated style of playing along with Danika’s smooth, soulful vocals have created their own unique blend of acoustic pop. Fans come to Danika shows expecting to hear Jeb Hart on guitar the same way they know they’re going to get Slash at a Guns N’ Roses concert. While the music is positive and encouraging, an occasional song veers to the dark side, addressing heartbreak and death, in particular the loss of Danika’s dad to cancer, while showing a very real and genuine side to the singer-songwriter.
“Balance Vol. 1” (2014) is the Nashville duo’s most recent release and was generously fun funded through kickstarter, as was their most recent full band release “Living Your Dream.” (2010)
Danika grew up as one of five kids on the Mississippi river in a little piece of heaven known as “Iowa.”