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Danielle Johnson Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Danielle Johnson Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

1. Tell us about your new single "Let It Be You" and your upcoming EP.

I wrote “Let It Be You” with Jennifer Denmark and Briana Tyson. We were
all talking about past relationships and how sometimes friends turn into
something more. It was exciting to write a song that was so relatable and
could resonate with people. We were talking about something that is
common, yet exciting and risky. It’s all about taking that dive in, all in. I
have an upcoming 5 song EP coming soon. It’s very fun, yet honest. The EP
takes you on a ride that’s courageous, but also very exciting.

2. Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you
for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play
to someone who has never seen or heard you?

I would describe myself as determined, passionate, and real. My music is
about vulnerability and truthfulness. I want to write songs that make you
want to turn on the radio and dance, but I also want them to connect with
people. I want my fans to always have songs that are personal and coming
from the heart.

3. Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Taylor Swift has always been my biggest inspiration since I was just a kid. I
remember hearing “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “Tim McGraw” for the first
time and immediately feeling every word and was amazed how the lyrics
were so raw and personal. It takes a lot of guts and confidence to write a
song that is truly from the heart.

4. What inspired you to become an artist?

When I was eight years old, I performed on stage for the first time and it
was magical, truly. I had no nerves whatsoever and remember thinking to
myself, “Wow, this is it. This is my passion. This is what I want to do for the
rest of my life.” That was the first moment that I came to the realization that
this was more than a love, it was me.

5. What inspired you to become a songwriter?

I have always been mesmerized with the idea of writing my own songs. I
looked up to artists that could be so open and truthful. That’s why I admire
Taylor Swift so much. When I was young, I never experienced heartbreak of
course, but when I heard her lyrics, I felt it. I knew right then and there that I
wanted my audience to experience that first hand. I want to touch people.

6. What drives you?

The passion. Making music is such can extraordinary gift. One that I am so
blessed to be able to share. I want to give it globally. I want to be known all
around the world. Meeting tons of fans and seeing those smiling faces.
When you’re standing on stage, you’re in the moment. For however long
you’re up there, you are telling your stories and you’re connecting. The
adrenaline from the crowd and knowing that you’re giving you to them,
every part of yourself. Well…that’s what drives me.

7. What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

“Teardrops On My Guitar” by Taylor Swift is one of my favorites. So beautifully
written. Also, “Let It Be” by the Beatles is iconic. That song I’ve known since I
was just a toddler and have a always loved it. Sonically and lyrically

8. What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

The ones that resonate with people. Ones that are relatable, fun, and sad
too. I just always want to write the truth. Songs that are about love, life, and
my life experiences. Hopefully they will always touch people.

9. Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by
your music?

The best reward is when fans come up to me giving the biggest hug, saying
how much they love my music. When they know every word, that means so
much to me. That is the best feeling in the world. Also, when they tell me
that they went through the same experience in life.

I met Guy Eckstine in NYC in 2014. I was auditioning for a show and he was
waiting to master a record. He sat down and we just started talking. I told
him that my passion was singing country music and how it made such an
impact on my life. Turns out, he was a manager. So, I sent him a video of
me performing our National Anthem at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Several
days later, we met again and we discussed his creative developmental plan.
He was my first introduction into the music industry. Here we are, four years
later still working together.

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