About Danielle Peck
Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Danielle Peck is the daughter of a U.S. Marine and grew up in Coshocton, Ohio. Her mother's side of the family traveled and sang in churches. Her father's parents and grandparents were steeped in country music, playing dances in the area. Peck could sing before she could talk and by the time she was 3. The first song she learned to sing was Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."
She wrote her first song before she was 10 and made cassette labels for her imaginary Danielle Peck records, complete with song titles and cover art. She sang in church both as a soloist and in the choir. By the age of 16 she was in a local band, the Neon Moon Band, and played bars around her hometown, as well as local summer fairs. At 18, her dad bought her a sound and light system that the family jokingly referred to as her 'college tuition.' When she graduated from high school, she hit the road leading her own band, adding regional fairs and festivals to the schedule.
After several years on the bar and festival circuit, Peck moved to Nashville, taking a job waiting tables. Soon after her Nashville arrival she met publisher Clay Myers who recognized her talent and helped secure a songwriting deal with Barbara Orbison's Still Working Music. She soon began writing with staff writers Clay Mills and Tommy Lee James, as well as other established hit writers like Blair Daly and Taylor Rhodes. Those writing sessions would ultimately form the basis for her debut album.
Her self-titled debut album, released in 2006, contains 8 songs written by Danielle. That was preceded by the chart-rocketing first single "I Don't," which reveals all the complexities associated with being a young woman making her way in a new millennium.
As a vocalist, she offers shades of her influences, sounding by turns as rooted in country as Reba McEntire or as slyly sexy as Shania Twain and Faith Hill. The sum of those seemingly divergent parts is, ultimately, a message, sound and style unique to Danielle Peck.
The single release "I Don't" finally introduced country audiences to Danielle, and the response has already been overwhelming. Already a hit and still climbing, the song also draws huge response at her live shows opening for, among others, Toby Keith. Fans are drawn to the emotional honesty of an artist who so readily reveals all facets of her personality.
Beyond the single, Danielle explores the difficulties of love on "Fallin' Apart," "Sucks To Be You" and "Only The Lonely Talkin'." She smolders with slow burn passion on "Kiss You On The Mouth" and "Thirsty Again." And the fun side peaks through on "Findin' A Good Man" and "Honky-Tonk Time." In every case, the emotions ring true.
"Everything comes down to being real," she says. "Every song I do reflects something I've been through or something I've felt. My songs are my journals. Whatever I feel at the moment, whatever emotion I'm going through, is what I write about. When it's time to sing those songs, whether it's on stage or in the studio, those feelings are right there."
Her reply when asked what the best thing about her career so far, "Everything feels like a dream. I want to hold my breath, because I don't want anything to go away. I know it won't. It's real, I just haven't fully realized it yet. I'm going on tour with Toby Keith and Joe Nichols, and I'm excited and nervous, but most of all I want to be ready. I've been through pushed-back release dates, hurry up and wait - the roller-coaster ride of this business. You never know what's around the corner, so I'm just trying to enjoy it."