About Daniella

Located in Nashville, Daniella is in writing rooms every week, writing for other artists as well as herself! You can expect to hear her new EP in early 2020, where Daniella debuts her new sound - Country Pop meets EDM! 

Having had two singles on Country Radio, multiple radio tours under her belt, and an award winning music video for her single, Countin' Down Summertime, Daniella is kicking up some dust working D-I-Y style in the music industry. Influenced by artists and bands such as Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift and The Chainsmokers, Daniella has a unique sound that will make you feel high on life - I mean when you mix country with dance music, how else could it make you feel?! Her two favorite shows to-date, were opening for Carter Winter at the infamous Viper Room and playing one of the largest country music festivals in the US, Country Thunder. She got her first Nashville cut (to be announced January 2020) and is excited for the release of her own EP in Spring of 2020! Get ready for an amazing release! 

Daniella grew up with the notion that country music was “boring 'cause Grandpa listens to it.” But that all changed when, at the age of 13, she reluctantly attended her first country music concert. That night she watched a new American Idol winner named Carrie Underwood sing Jesus Take the Wheel.  Drawn in and mesmerized by Underwood’s performance and the crowd's 10 minute standing ovation, Daniella knew at that moment she wanted to do exactly what Underwood was doing - changing the world through God and country music. More recently influenced by Pop and Electronic Dance Music, she believes her new sound it gonna make you wanna DANCE! "This new EP is going to make you feel some kinda INSPIRED!" 

Although she’s on her way to the top, she started out as a small town girl (Alpine, CA), and often still feels like the under dog. Having been so close to her “big break” so many times, she’s looking forward to the day that her dreams, truly come true, and she becomes a major label touring artist. Her main mission in life whether on stage or in a crowd, is to make the person who came alone to feel like they belong and hell, even like they’re VIP! She’s always scanning the room, looking for the one person she can make feel part of the crew. 

More History ...

Just after graduating from high school in 2010 -- with her motto "rock stars don't go to college" -- Daniella (formerly Dannie Marie) spent two years as the lead singer in The Dannie Marie Band, playing “pop country that rocks!” at various venues around her hometown of San Diego (along with a couple trips to Nashville). The band released a 3-song EP in 2010; got placement in a feature film for one of their original songs; and received recognition for their Flavor of the Week music video at film festivals, including a Golden Reel Award for Best Music Video at the Nevada Film Festival.

Fast forward a few years later, she took nine of her original songs to Music City to record an album at the 515 Studio with producer Chip Hardy! The first single and title track of her new CD, Anything I Wanna Be, was released to country radio in May 2015. Watch the Official Lyric Video. Hear the story behind the song  in this video. Traveling with her 16-year-old brother on guitar and her mom behind the wheel of their minivan, Dannie Marie logged more than 6,000 miles visiting radio stations to promote Anything I Wanna Be. She did conference room shows and interviews at 30 country radio stations in Arizona, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Washington, and Idaho.  KFLG Program Director Craig Powers said, "Dannie Marie is the real deal -- she writes and performs like a 20-year pro. She's the whole package!" See highlights from the CA radio tour here.  See highlights from the southeast states radio tour here. To promote her newest single, Countin' Down Summertime, Daniella visited another dozen country stations in five states on her 2016 spring break Flyover States Radio Tour.  See what music programmers have to say about the new summer anthem.  The Official Music Video for Countin’ Down Summertime was released last summer and will have its film festival World Premiere at San Diego Film Week in February 2017.

As she works to make her mark as a country artist, Daniella enjoys using her platform to encourage young girls to follow their dreams, believe in themselves and make positive life choices. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 37: 4. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

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Cast of Countin' Down Summertime Music Video

Cast of Countin' Down Summertime Music Video

Dannie Marie With Cast of Music HIgh

Dannie Marie With Cast of Music HIgh

Click on the album cover to see the official lyric video

Click on the album cover to see the official lyric video

With Robby Lynn at Renegade Radio Nashville

With Robby Lynn at Renegade Radio Nashville

Once Upon A Time . . . . . .

In a small town east of San Diego, there lived an 8-year-old girl named Danielle Pupa who pleaded with her mom to take her to McDonalds to get the new CD from Britney Spears and N-Sync (available with the purchase of a Happy Meal). From the moment she heard it, she dreamed of being a rock star.

Danielle took musical theater classes and got small “chorus” roles in Christian Youth Theater productions. She took dance classes and voice lessons. In middle school, she played character roles as Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Frenchy in Grease. When she was 13 and Clay Aiken came to San Diego on his Joyful Noise Tour, Danielle (and her little brother Nick) got booked as background performers.
Danielle began writing songs when her dad gave her a guitar for her 16th birthday. During her junior year in high school, she and her mom drove 300+ miles roundtrip  every Sunday so she could take acting classes with one of the best youth acting coaches in Hollywood.  Danielle performed with her high school's Show Choir for 4 years, and  received the “Triple Threat” award. 
 
The moment of truth came at Danielle’s final show choir performance when their teacher had all the seniors line up on stage to announce which college they would be attending in the fall. When it came her turn, Danielle boldly stated, “Rock stars don’t go to college!”  Ever since then, she’s been following her heart to establish herself in the entertainment industry – as a singer, songwriter, and actress. And although college was not in her plans, Danielle spent countless hours over the next four years at songwriting and performance workshops, music industry seminars, and mentoring with industry professionals in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Nashville to hone her craft.
 
Several months before graduating from high school (on the dean’s list!), Danielle sought out musicians to back her up for a gig she’d booked at the San Diego County Fair that summer. With the realization that her given name, “Pupa,” could be a problem (for obvious reasons), she adopted the stage name, “Dannie Marie.” After several rehearsals, The Dannie Marie Band was born.

The band continued to perform around their hometown of San Diego for nearly two years, and released an EP of original songs. The band's new CD found its way into the hands of Tom Voris when Dannie and her mom attended the New Music Seminar in LA. Soon after, they were contacted by Voris, who was working as the Music Coordinator for an upcoming feature film that was looking for a country song to use in a high school battle of the bands scene. “Flavor of the Week” got placement in Music High, and Dannie Marie and drummer Ryan Poole appear in the movie as part of the fictional country band Silver Springs. Music High stars Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls; Dancing With the Stars), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Michael Copon (One Tree Hill), and Joe Slaughter (Step Up 3).