Small town sensation Dakota Danielle broke into the country scene with the release of her debut single “One Church” last year, which quickly and independently garnered over 56k streams on Spotify. After the video premiered on The Country Network, Dakota followed with the release of her sophomore single "Forever." The highly relatable, slightly nostalgic songs are self-penned and produced by Mookie & Evan with Michael J. Clouse III (Jeff Buckley, The Rolling Stones’ Nicky Hopkins, Thin Lizzy’s Marco Mendoza). Influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Chris Stapleton and Aretha Franklin, the 26-year-old singer songwriter brings a fresh twist to country music.
Following the loss of her mother last year, the 26-year-old dove into writing to begin her healing process. This led to her debut EP My Mother's Daughter and her most recent single “One Day Closer To You.” Dakota filled her mother's role as caretaker to her father, who was battling cancer. When she lost her father in June, her latest track took on a profound meaning. It evokes a visceral response for anyone who has experienced loss. The self-penned projects are a reflection of her past and touch on the changes brought about by these challenging life events.
The Teutopolis, Illinois native is taking on Nashville after completing a degree in Commercial Songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. Grinding to make a name for herself, Dakota’s unparalleled work ethic is evident with her regular appearances in Music City. Hoping to inspire children to follow their dreams, Dakota frequents schools to deliver motivational speeches. With a guitar in one hand and a pen in the other, her goal is to inspire and heal fans through her deeply personal, yet charismatic music.
“I live by the idea that when words fall apart, music speaks. It has become the air I breathe.”