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---- Craig Powers, KFLG Program Director/VP of Operations (Bullhead City, AZ)
"I just listened to Anything I Wanna Be and I LOVE the message. As a father of a 10-year-old girl who is aspiring to one day be a singer and songwriter, I am proud to have a song like this out there for her to hear."
---- Heath Shelby, KWCK Program Director/Music Director (Searcy, AR)
"Dannie Marie is an amazing young talent with the drive to make her career skyrocket. In hindsight, no one wanted to be the person who said 'no' to Taylor Swift, but there were some. Don't be the person who says that with Dannie Marie."
---- Roger McCoy, WKSF Music Director (Asheville, NC)
"Dannie Marie's appeal to the younger demos is spot on! This girl brings it!"
---- Scott Shannon, KICR Program Director (Spokane, WA)
"Dannie did a great job. She promoted in advance, brought people and had fantastic crowd interaction. A solid performer to boot! Happy to have had her at the Roof!"
---- Jake Skolnick, Talent Buyer for Tin Roof San Diego
On the new single Countin" Down Summertime ........
"It’s an awesome song, fun, upbeat, a little mix of Kelsea Ballerini and Florida Georgia Line. It’s the perfect soundtrack to any summertime play list."
---- Kenny Beckman, WLX Music Director (Lawrenceburg, TN)
"I am so impressed with Dannie Marie. She is an incredible talent. She’s got a great songwriting ability. She’s an incredible singer and this new song she has Countin' Down Summertime is something country music needs. It’s a bright upbeat anthem that should be the official theme of summertime."
---- Heath Shelby, KWCK Program Director/Music Director (Searcy, AR)
"Just got out of a meeting with Dannie Marie and listening to her current single Countin’ Down Summertime. I’m telling you right now, that is the song you wanna play, because it’s new it’s now it’s topical."
---- Fletch Brown, WXFL Music Director (Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL)
Nashville Music Guide Album Review
Nash News Interview
“In the process of waiting in line to see him (Bobby Bones), we ended up meeting label execs from Black River in the bra section of this Walmart! Ya know for years, we went to seminars and Nashville meetings and open call auditions to meet record execs, and then here we are in the lingerie section of a Walmart in the middle of Arkansas and we meet Kelsea Ballerini’s record label people! ”
East County Californian Reviews Live Show with New Band
“ Dannie Marie’s soulful vocals paired with backup harmonies showed off what her promotional materials describe as “bro country with a dose of estrogen.” The influences of Florida Georgia Line are clear in both her compositions and her performances.”
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3 DRINKS AND THE TRUTH Interviews Dannie Marie
Read the full article on Dannie Marie and her new summer anthem Countin' Down Summertime.
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Adam Gaub interviewed Dannie Marie in advance of her performance at Country Thunder in Florence, AZ
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Alpine Neighbors Magazine (February 2016 cover story)
“I drew a picture of me on stage singing,” said Danielle Marie Pupa, now 23 (she uses the stage name Dannie Marie.) “I knew it was what I wanted to be. Mom was the realist and said I needed a back-up plan. She was like, ‘I don’t sing, your dad doesn’t sing, you need a college degree.’ But I kept pushing it.”
Even at her young age, Dannie knew that dreams don’t just happen. She asked for voice lessons and her singing skill grew. She started to develop her acting skills as well and began participating in Christian Youth Theater (CYT). She was cast in the very first role she auditioned for.
“I didn’t get another role for like three years, it was insane,” Dannie reflected. “I kept auditioning though. I didn’t give up. If you aren’t born with a voice or born with something you wish you had, you can work for it. I kept going to voice lessons and acting lessons.”
The age of 13 proved to be a poignant year for Dannie Marie. An opportunity came about for youth to join Clay Aiken, American Idol (season 2) runner-up, on his Christmas tour. Laurel Moore, Dannie’s mother, happened to be on the computer just as an email came through from CYT asking for talented youth. She emailed back immediately and ended up coordinating the background talent for the San Diego leg of the tour. Both Dannie and her little brother, Nick, who was six years old at the time, sang alongside Aiken. That was also the year Dannie Marie decided to focus on country music.
“My friend invited me to go to a country concert with her and I didn’t really want to go because I had the perception that country music was boring and for old people,” Dannie Marie admits. “But my parents were fighting that day and I wanted to get out of the house, so I went.”
It was Carrie Underwood’s first concert tour. She had just won American Idol (season 4).
“At the time, I didn’t really know who Carrie Underwood was,” Dannie recalled. “I didn’t really like country music. Then Carrie sang Jesus Take the Wheel and the entire audience was on their feet clapping, and they didn’t stop. Carrie just sat down on the stage because the audience wouldn't stop applauding. She finally asked the audience to stop cheering because she had to move on with the show. I had never seen anything like that. I decided then and there that whatever she was doing, I wanted to do that, too.”
Carrie Underwood made quite an impact that night on the teenage girl from Alpine. According to Dannie Marie, Carrie stayed long after the concert was over and met with and signed autographs for every fan that wanted one. In Dannie’s room is a photo of Carrie smiling next to a young Dannie Marie with long frizzy hair and braces.
A lot has changed since that moment. Dannie Marie blossomed into quite the entertainer. During her junior year in high school, her mother drove her more than 150 miles each way every Sunday so she could receive coaching from one of the best youth acting coaches in Hollywood. She started writing her own music after her father, Will Pupa, gifted her with a guitar for her 16th birthday. At the age of 18, she graduated from Steele Canyon High School with a 4.0 grade point average, and a laser-focus on Plan A with her family supporting her dream however they could.
The summer after graduation, Dannie and The Dannie Marie Band performed at the San Diego County Fair. The group continued to perform throughout San Diego and released an album of original songs, one of which, Flavor of the Week, was used for a feature film titled Music High starring Jonathan Bennett of Mean Girls fame and Michael Copon from the popular TV series One Tree Hill.
The official music video for their song premiered at the Memphis International Film and Music Festival and was honored by the Nevada Film Festival with a Golden Reel Award for Best Music Video. Not losing any momentum, Dannie decided to go to the source of where people say dreams come true: Hollywood.
“My dad had his truck full of my stuff and we drove alongside each other on the freeway,” she described. “I had been wanting to move to L.A. for a while and a friend of a friend had just moved up there and needed a roommate. It was a great opportunity. So I went.”
While in Hollywood, Dannie Marie continued to pursue acting and singing. Her resume is diverse.
“I played the role of a 60's backup singer in Itch's music video for Another Man,” said Dannie Marie. “The song went platinum in Australia. Working with James Franco on his film Bukowski was really cool. I was a featured swing dancer in one of the scenes. Working face to face with Franco is an experience I'll never forget.”
“I did a fun fashion video for Yahoo Mail. There was a film called Pass the Light. I got cast as an extra on the first day I showed up, then they ended up picking five of us to play the best friends. That came out a year ago. It was fun to go in the theater and watch that. I did a promo for a Justin Beiber video.”
“The coolest one was when my friend was cast as a dancer in this K-Pop music video and at the last minute someone got hurt and they needed a replacement dancer. So I went to my friend's house late at night and she taught me the choreography. It was a challenge because the director and talent all spoke Korean only. They ended up putting me in a K-Pop band with three Korean girls. I had to fake play some instrument I had never seen before. They rented this giant stage on wheels and they had the playback blasting and we shut down Hollywood Blvd. There were cop cars on each side of us. Then it started raining and we kept on going. It was probably the coolest day of my life.”
Dannie Marie also did a lot of paid audience work. Despite all of her projects, she was still told by certain casting directors that she wasn’t pretty enough, or thin enough, to make it in the industry. The naysayers inspired her to write an open letter to Hollywood she put to music and titled, Anything I Wanna Be. The song encourages individuality and confidence, and became the title of her forthcoming CD.
Dannie decided that in order to truly focus on her first love, country music, she needed to move back to her hometown.
“I moved back to Alpine to pursue my music career,” Dannie said. “It was hard to be apart from my mom, who is my manager and business partner, and we figured we could work more productively if we lived together.”
In October of 2014, Dannie moved back into the home her parents started building in 1997 in the Rancho Palo Verde subdivision and finished in 1998 with the handprints of her and her brother imprinted in concrete along the walkway.
“I love how quiet it is,” Dannie said. “I lived in L.A. for a while. I never really appreciated living in Alpine until I moved back. People are so friendly here.”
After returning home, it didn’t take long to get the show on the road, literally. By April, Dannie Marie was on her first radio tour.
“What we are trying to do is emulate what major labels do with their artists, so we started our own label -- Highway 8 Records -- and do things DIY-style (Do It Yourself),” Dannie explained. “We wrote the songs on the album, released the single Anything I Wanna Be to the radio stations via a digital distributor and set up a tour. It was so much easier being in the same space together. We did two and a half radio tours this past year.“
Dannie Marie’s music career truly is a family affair. Laurel, 57, is her manager. With a background in TV news and advertising, Laurel is always videotaping and taking pictures, then editing the songs and putting them on YouTube or other social media. Her now 16-year-old brother, Nick, a junior at Foothills Christian High School accompanies her on guitar.
“It isn’t something I ever saw myself doing,” Nick said. “My sister would always joke with me that she wanted me to be in the band one day. Being able to do this with my sister and have my mom managing us is an awesome experience. We were in a contest earlier last year, the Country Showdown. We went to the local competition in Blythe, California, and we won that and advanced to the next level and we got to play in Laughlin, Nevada with a full band backing us. We had 10-15 minutes to meet the band and rehearse our song with them. As soon as I got off stage from our sound check I couldn’t stop smiling. There is no experience like that.”
When Nick isn’t on tour, he plays football as a wide receiver and line backer and maintains an over-achieving grade point average of 4.56 by doing well in honors classes. He also works with his father as a video production assistant, volunteers at church to work with grade school kids, and plans to go out for the high school track team this spring.
The siblings play a very special guitar.
“Two years ago for Christmas, my dad gave me Garth Brooks’ guitar that he had bought from my uncle who used to work as a technician for Garth at the Wynn,” Dannie beamed. “The strings haven’t been changed yet.”
Dannie Marie will be releasing another single in the spring and plans to follow that up with another radio tour. She is also booking local shows.
“In the secondary markets that have more local control over what songs get played, those are the ones that we are going to go to on our next tour,” Dannie explained. “My mom has been using her savings for this, so we are looking for a sponsor to help fund our next tour. Finding the right sponsor and someone who will believe in you is key since I am not with a record label right now.”
Dannie Marie’s single, Anything I Wanna Be, is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and via her website www.DannieMarie.com. It is getting airplay on radio stations in the U.S., the U.K. and in Canada. Another popular song of hers, Here Comes the Bride, has been used by brides all over the world as the song they walk down the aisle to.
“I was sitting on the bench out front, like six years ago, and I wrote this song in which the bride dies before the wedding,” Dannie recollects. “My band recorded it and we put it on YouTube and a bride contacted me and said she loved the song but she asked if I could rewrite it with a happy ending so she could walk down the aisle to it. We have had brides from all over the country – even the world – we had someone from Australia ask to use it. Now we have it professionally recorded in Nashville so we can give them the MP3 – before people were just pulling it off of YouTube.”
Even more than having a number one single someday, Dannie Marie wants to be a good role model. She wants to be a secular pop country artist with a positive message, an embodiment of the crayon drawing she created for her mother all those years ago.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if I have a #1 single or not, I just hope I can be a light and encourage people,” Dannie Marie says. “It’s a long haul. We have been doing this forever, trying to be successful to the point that you can make a living at it. We are going to keep going, together, as a family.”
The Alpine Sun (December 17, 2015)
Dannie Marie has come a long way since performing in the talent show at Boulder Oaks Elementary more than a decade ago. On December 9, she was the opening act at Tin Roof San Diego for the Midwest’s rising country music star, Carter Winter. Dannie Marie – better known to the Alpine community as Danielle Pupa – sang original songs from her new CD while accompanied by her 16-year-old brother Nick on guitar and banjo at the downtown venue.
While growing up in Alpine, Dannie Marie was always eager to take the stage. She performed in school plays, Christian Youth Theater, Alpine Concerts in the Park, and Steele Canyon High School’s show choir. After playing gigs around San Diego for two years as the lead singer in The Dannie Marie Band and getting one of her original songs placed in a feature film, she moved to Hollywood to pursue her passion for acting. She had small roles in film and TV shows, and was also cast in music videos for the Disney Channel band R5 and as a singer in Itch’s music video for Another Man -- a song that went platinum in Australia. Working in Hollywood and dealing with the unrealistic standards of beauty and success – and the rejection that comes with it – inspired her to write Anything I Wanna Be, which became the title track of the CD she recorded in Nashville.
Earlier this year, Dannie Marie released Anything I Wanna Be to country radio. Her song is now getting airplay in the US, Canada, and the UK; and is also available on iTunes. The album cover was photographed at Wright’s Field in Alpine! Working as an independent artist, Dannie Marie started her own record label (Highway 8 Records) and launched a series of tours to radio stations to promote her new single. With her “momager” behind the wheel of the family minivan and her brother Nick on guitar, she logged over 6,000 miles doing conference room shows and on-air interviews at 30 country radio stations from California to Tennessee. Video highlights from the tours and the official lyric video for the single can be viewed at DannieMarieCountry on Youtube.
Dannie Marie will be performing at “Country at the Grand” in support of Homes for Our Troops at Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego on Saturday, January 23 at 7 PM. Tickets are available at http://www.countryatthegrand.eventbrite.com or on the link at her artist website at www.DannieMarie.com.
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Local Band Members Perform Song From Their CD in a Movie
Apparently Poole and Pupa’s musical talents really came in handy. She taught chords to the actors of the fictional band Silver Springs so they could perform as if they were a real country band. Poole showed the actors how to play the different instruments when the bands changed from one genre of music to another. But the glitz of appearing in a movie was never far from Pupa’s mind.
“My favorite part of being on the set was hanging out with the cast and making new friends with people who I've seen on TV shows and films over the years,” she said. “Another thing that made the experience so much fun was having Megan Roethlein, one of my best friends, be in our band for the movie.”
Music High is about a teacher (Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls, Cheaper By The Dozen 2) who is trying to save his career by turning around an unruly class of kids who are deeply divided by cliques based on different genres of music. Other local bands that appeared in the movie include FABulous Rudies and Tan Sister Radio. Music High is the third in a series of contemporary style and attitude films produced by Angelic Pictures and is slated for distribution in early 2012 by Universal Pictures.
The Dannie Marie Band also includes Coe Schneider (bass), Obediah Byrd (electric guitar) and Josh Gates (acoustic guitar). Since its inception one year ago, it has continued to gain a spotlight. Their song “Marry Me” was a finalist in a wedding competition (check out “The Dannie Marie Band Here Comes the Bride” on Youtube). They’ve played at local events, the Del Mar County Fair and the House of Blues. They’ve sold 250 CDs since December along with download sales from iTunes and CD Baby and appeared on local radio shows.
Pupa, who graduated from Steele Canyon High School in 2010, was a worship leader at Shadow Mountain Community Church’s vacation Bible school program this summer. The band members are also busy writing new songs, and Pupa hopes to proceed with an acting career.
“I am a firm believer that God has a great plan for everyone's life (Jeremiah 29:11), and I live every day for His glory and can't wait to see what doors He opens next,” she said. “When we look back at our experiences since recording our CD, we can connect the dots and see God's hand in giving us this opportunity.”
Written by Diana Saenger, Entertainment Editor; July 28, 2011; page 16
East County Gazette
Movie Next for Teen Singer from Alpine
The front woman of the pop-country group The Dannie Marie Band will film scenes this week for the movie "Music High" about a teacher trying to unite his unruly students divided into cliques based on their favorite music genres. With bandmate Ryan Poole, Pupa will perform "Flavor of the Week," the song she wrote about a sweet-talking boy who trifled with her heart at Steele Canyon High.
Other local bands filming at San Diego Mesa College Wednesday and Friday include FABulous Rudies and Tan Sister Radio. "Music High" is slated to open in 2012 from Universal Pictures.
The movie is the most recent event in a halcyon time for Pupa, who turns 19 this month. Last summer, she traveled to Nashville to learn showmanship from country singer Tom Jackson. In September, The Dannie Marie Band -- made up of members from Pupa's Santee church, Foothills Christian -- released its first CD.
Pupa received a guitar for ther 16th birthday and started writing songs. She fell in love with country music five years ago while watching Carrie Underwood perform at the county fair.
"The reason I am doing this is I just felt it's a huge thing that God has put on my heart," she said of her music. She is not shy about her goals.
"Why not dream really big? I would like to perform at the CMAs someday and I want to get more involved in acting. I want to go as far as we can go."
The Dannie Marie Band will perform free from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall in downtown San Diego.
For a complete schedule of shows, visit www.thedanniemarieband.com
Written by Caroline Dipping; July 6, 2011; Section B, page 2
San Diego Union Tribune
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Walking in Faith
Along with the inclusion of a few worship songs, these young Christians are not afraid to let their listeners know how faith guides them and their music. But it’s their uncontainable joy that speaks louder than their heartfelt words about who they are and what their mission in life is all about.
Dannie Marie started in Christian Community Theatre as a young child. She acquired her guitar when she was 16 and started writing songs. Her parents are very supportive of her musical passion, even allowing her to go to Los Angeles to attend music workshops. “I had written some original songs, but I thought it would be awesome to have the full sound of a band; so that was my next step towards a musical career,” she said.
Six months ago she announced at her church – Foothills in El Cajon – that she was looking for band members. Shortly after at a church retreat she met Ryan Poole, a drummer who had other friends that played instruments. Adding members Coe Schneider (bass), Taylor Smith (back ground vocalist), Obediah Byrd (electric guitar) and Tim Amposta (acoustic guitar), the Dannie Marie Band was born.
Dannie Marie writes a lot of the original music and her mother who is also the band manager, writes some as well. Since she was young, Dannie Marie said she loved the imagery and energy of emotion created in her acting classes. She soon learned how to transform that creativity into writing songs. “I picture it as a music video, seeing the story in my head and then I start writing the lyrics,” she said. “I get my guitar and start strumming chords together and pick out the melody for the chorus then come back to the bridge. The band members write their own riffs and instrumental hooks to my melodies.”
The process can take four or five hours, but to Dannie Marie this is now her main goal in life. She graduated from Steel Canyon high school and works with her mom in creating a business based on the band. Although someday she would like to attend Belmont University in Nashville, her focus is on reading about songwriting and industry, writing music and playing the guitar – she gets lessons from Byrd. And then there’s marketing; booking
performances, networking and follow up with people and radio stations. Guiding her every step of the way is her steadfast faith.
“It gives me a hope that never fades,” Dannie Marie said. “I know that whatever I’m going through God has a purpose for my life. And I have an indescribable eternal happiness to know that when I die, I’ll be in Heaven.”
No one can deny that Dannie Marie and her band members don’t uphold their convictions. They tell those listening to their band exactly how they feel about God, what he’s done for them in their lives and invite them to their church. While some young musicians might see this as a hindrance to their career, Dannie Marie believes this is why she has a career.
“When I was little I felt God put this mission on my heart,” she said. “It’s not been easy. I’ve gone through a lot of rejection and struggling pursuing different paths, and all the time God has been with me working behind the scenes. The strength and hope he has given me is something I want to share with other people, and I feel I cannot leave an audience without sharing this with them.”
A few weeks ago Dannie Marie, her mother and band member Coe Schneider made a trip to Nashville to hand out demos of their latest CDs and enjoyed meeting industry professionals and performing at open mic nights. Performing at The Bluebird Café, a Nashville landmark where country stars Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were discovered, is only one of the highlights of the trip.
This December the Dannie Marie Band will have a CD release party and they are focusing on more shows. Along every step of the way, Dannie Marie never forgets her main goal. “In the Bible there’s a great commission that says; ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’ My main goal in life is to glorify God in all that I do. I hope that’s to sell out an arena so I can let everyone in it know about God.”
Written by Diana Saenger, Entertainment Editor; October 28, 2010; page 25
East County Gazette