From a young age, Danni was soaking up American folk, country and rock n roll music from her Grandmother’s record collection in her small home town of Bedford, UK. When she inherited her Uncle Heathcliff’s 1962 Burns London Shortscale Jazz guitar at 16, all those influences came pouring back out in the form of her own original material and has been flowing ever since.
Danni met Producer Chris Donohue (The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) in London in 2011 through a mutual friend whilst Chris was in the UK playing bass with Emmylou Harris as one of her Red Dirt Boys. The pair hit it off and in December 2012, Danni flew to Nashville to record her debut album with Chris at the helm and some of Nashville’s finest musicians.
A Little Redemption was released July 2013 on Transmission Recordings. Credits on the album include the legendary Al Perkins on Dobro (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones) and Steve Fishell on Pedal Steel (Albert Lee, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt). Two more of Emmylou’s Red Dirt Boys also feature; Will Kimbrough, guitars (Little Feat, Josh Rouse, John Prine) and Bryan Owings, drums (Iris De Ment, Wanda Jackson). Plus a whole host of others of equal stature.
“My time in Music City, USA working with these great, great musicians was a hugely inspirational and surreal experience. I had to pinch myself a lot to make sure it was actually really happening! I came away with a debut album that I’m immensely proud of.”
Danni has been playing live continuously for the past 10 years. She is a vibrant and confident performer who has supported many artists such as Todd Snider, Kim Richey, Jim Lauderdale, Angus and Julia Stone, Bobby Bare Jr, Otis Gibbs, Mark Olsen, Nell Bryden, Tift Merrit and Diana Jones. Danni’s performances are guaranteed to melt your heart and the soles of your cowboy boots. Her passionate delivery, powerful, velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.
A Little Redemption fulfils all the promise of its gestation and more. Entirely crowd funded, it slips effortlessly between smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice somewhere between Ms [Emmylou] Harris and Alison Krauss. - Andy Fyfe, Q Magazine, 4 stars (June 2013)
Just Terrific - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Danni’s new release "Mockingbird Lane” is out now on Transmission Recordings. Read what the critics are saying:
"The UK's Danni Nicholls is a classic songwriter, her feet, firmly rooted in Americana”
- Spiral Earth
"One in a million"
- Maverick Music Magazine, 5/5 stars