It’s a sign…

Would you post a Dani W flyer in the break room, at a Starbucks, or on a local bulletin board? 

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Street team is gearing up to share the #DaniWproject on Hollywood and Highland!

Street team is gearing up to share the #DaniWproject on Hollywood and Highland!

Ways to join the TEAM…

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Dani W Crew  :- )

We appreciate your excitement!  

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Dani W leaks New Video about 1st Studio ALBUM…

Dani W releases NEW details about FIRST STUDIO ALBUM HERE!

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Dani W releases details on first studio album! http://daniellewcarter.com

 

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Cheers to the exclusive debut at Hotel Cafe!

Throwing a party hat in the air! This week, a song I co-wrote with the talented Mary Ruth Pearce was debuted at a songwriter showcase called The Writer’s Block at Hotel Cafe. Our song “Gone” was sang beautifully by songwriter/vocalist Lindsey Ray.

Lindsey was accompanied by an all star music industry cast including Mike Elizondo. There was a solid lineup of well crafted songs by accomplished songwriters. Solid talent graced the stage and I felt honored and proud to hear them deliver our Pop song titled “Gone.”

The feel of “Gone” is Top 40s Justin Timberlake. Lindsey Ray did it great justice with her powerful vocals. “Gone” is an uptempo pop ballad (think Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Jessie J vocal range). Cheers to a great night and to the talented writers who showcase their music through the Writer’s Block. Find out when the next event is TheWritersBl0ck via twitter or the Hotel Cafe calendar. You don’t have to be a songwriter to attend. All are welcome!

Lindsey Ray had a song recorded by Mariah Carey recently. Mike Elizondo has a career worth Wikipedia-ing as well, including working with Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple, Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and more.

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Take A Long Walk with Jill Scott… (Talented Artist, Mother, Author, Poet, Songwriter & Singer)

It’s 1AM the night before my gig with my Funk Soul band, Illegal Download Collection and my eyes are still bright and alert. I left the Song School after hearing Jill Scott guest speak in Ryan Toby‘s class.  More pics and highlights below…

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SAVE THE DATE:  May 29th – Danielle W. Carter is performing live at Indie Express @ Nola’s Los Angeles 

  • When? Wednesday, May 29th  @ 11PM
  • Where? Nola’s Restaurant, near Downtown LA (734 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA)
  • Featuring? Chris Lee, Chuksingh, Melony Varnado and Luis Lopez.
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Jill Scott keeps it so real.  She calls it like it is.  Jill Scott shared insights from her career journey with us, the next generation of musicians. Here are some summarized inspirational highlights and takeaways below.

  • Connect with musicians who can bring the music to life before you even say a word. Work with people who can give you “water to swim.” Great musicians will make a difference. They give you room to backstroke and doggy paddle.
  • Everything in your body has a point of love. There’s a love ear. The music should start with that before you even say a word. Energy flow will guide you through the journey of a song.
  • As a professional songwriter you can lead and influence the direction of music. If you’re following you can lead. Challenge yourself to reach a better place as a songwriter. Write from a real space. Best songwriters are in country music. Listen to it and follow the stories. You don’t have to write like that.
  • Your culture is imperative. It’s uniquely your own and it still translates and communicates to every human being. You have a taste, a tone. Be specific and honor your culture in your craft. Rep your mix. No one else is like you.
  • Confidence. You never know where it’s going to come from. The first hook Jill wrote was for a song that won a Grammy. She was open to taking on new opportunities as she transitioned from poetry into singing…into songwriting and acting. Explore different talents that you have. It could lead you somewhere new.
  • Whoever you’re in the room with, they need you too. They’re a voice for your story. They should treat you with respect.
  • Take care of business.  Come in the door with your split sheets (form that lays out percentages of song ownership and parties involved). Get them signed before you leave. Keep it on file.
  • Choose your battles.  When you’re working with a major label artist and there’s an unspoken standard percentage the artist requests for just being in the room when you’re writing. Sometimes you give a little away to gain the credits and opportunity. Choose carefully, it’s still your business and therefore your call.  Even with a manager beware of tying yourself to someone who’s not getting you in the room or getting you any work.Be mindful.
  • When you walk into a room full of “competitors,” choose to set a supportive energy in the writing room. If you have a team working together, you create better working conditions. You create an experience for that artist. Set the pace. Don’t allow negativity or competitive people to get in the way of you setting a supportive tone. When you’ve all worked as a team the artist can speak on the success of the entire teamwork experience.

Warning: This next section is for ages 21 and up only. Proceed at your own risk…

How do you get good at performing?
Question back to the room “how many virgins are in the room?” In short, the answer is that you have to start somewhere then it gets easier. Don’t hide behind anyone else. Be original to your truth and perspective.

Back on the Disney track, Jill created an open mic night called “Words and Sounds” in Philly. People paid to play. Musiq Soulchild got his start performing during these talent nights. You keep practicing, you keep getting better. Look at how talented he is now.

What’s your writing ritual?
Deep breathing. Most songs come in her dreams. Jill pays attention and stays present. She doesn’t touch the pen until her hand is already moving. The connection with her pen and paper is the best individual feeling. There’s pressure differences and impressions when you write on paper. There’s bold letters, hand drawn stars and underlying. Typing, unless its been a book typing doesn’t have that same voice. Writing. “It’s not pressure, it’s a privilege.”

How do you find your own voice?
Jill used to listen to one record for a year straight.  She didn’t know she was studying but she learned a great deal. That record was “Under the Cherry Moon” by Prince. Taught her a lot about having multiple voices.

  • When you live inside an emotion, you are a character. You act from a different reference point. There’s a voice to each different emotion. Write from the character point. It will position the voice of your writing. You’re never just one way. Bring out the voices in character. Overall, do your best to honor the truth.
  • As an artist, work with people who move you. It could be a beat you heard on the street that moves you. Write with everyone and create your resume.
  • Manners count. “Please” and “thank you” work.
  • Pay attention to every part of you. You’re not the same at the office as you are on the phone with your mom. Write from the perspective of that character. Gives you versatility.

I hope that you feel inspired by the great insights from Jill Scott, a well accomplished and talented dreamer, poet, singer, songwriter, author and actress.  

Are you doing the things your passionate about daily?  Tell me where you are in your journey.  

We love it when you comment!

Until the next saga, see you at home.  Stay Connected on  Facebook , ReverbNation, Youtube

THANK YOU to The Songwriting School of Los Angeles and to Ryan Toby!

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Pics Are Here! Wonderful Seeing You @TheMintLA Showcase

The Mint LA, Songsalive! Showcase

The Mint LA, Songsalive! Showcase

It was just last week that Chris Lee and I were playing at The Mint Los Angeles with family and friends. If you had a chance to join us, please leave your comments and “testify” at the bottom of this blog or on my site with your experience. Your comments, few or plenty, make a huge impact on the shows we bring you in the future! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Hello Ladies!  Moni brightens the evening with her fashionable touch!

Hello Ladies! Moni brightens the evening with her fashionable touch!

Danielle W Carter

Intense discussion after the show!

Good excuse for a mini reunion!

Good excuse for a mini reunion!

Staying Connected!

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Songsalive! Showcase @TheMintLA

Songsalive! Showcase @TheMintLA

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Danielle and Jimmy, Musician and Founder of Song Net

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Singer/Songwriters in around Nashville Style Showcase

Singer/Songwriters in a round Nashville Style Showcase

Danielle W. Carter taking in Chris Lee on Piano

Coming Soon!
Season II of “From the Ground Up: Life Of An Indie Artist”
Outdoor photo shoot by Blanco Photography

Special THANK YOU’s to Chris Lee, Amber C. for collecting fav song votes at The Mint, Cynthia C. for your photography skills and Songsalive! for selecting us for Spotlight Member of The Month and the Mint showcase and last but never least PURE+Prive Jewelry Company for the frosting both on stage and off

SET LIST
Find Another Way – Written by: Danielle W. Carter
The Other Room – Written with Anthony Bowman
Talking to Love – Written with Sophie Ilys

How time flies! Show is over and now I am sitting at a small coffee counter overlooking 43rd Street and 9th Avenue in the Big Apple. Taking a careful sip of my steamy mug, I watch thousands of shoes scurry down the worn cemented streets. Sometimes I’m amazed by the simple fact that it is so easy to pick up and leave one city for another, immersed in a brand new rhythm. It feels like a fresh start, or maybe what having a new identity would be like. All of the things that I “had to do” but didn’t have enough time to get to don’t seem as urgent when I step outside of my bubble. There are so many places I’m naturally drawn to that I know I must visit like the UK, Argentina, Peru, etc…Where do you want to go? There are definitely more adventures with my name on it. What could be waiting for you?

My Favorite Green Room

We just finished the video for “My Favorite Green Room!” This is the song that came from Alan Roy Scott’s collaborations class at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. Written and performed by Tiffany Parker, Shan Carballo and yours truly. Have a look:

New Video!! Click here.

Cowriting with Alan Roy Scott

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Wow! Yesterday, I experienced the power of cowriting on another level. I’m taking class with Alan Roy Scott who is the mastermind collaborator. He is an active spokesperson for songwriter’s rights and has made a career out of cowriting globally. He has even organized international trips for his peers including Diane Warren and other exceptional writers to expand opportunities over seas.

Last night Alan brought in some incredible guest writers and artists: Marsha Malemet, Liz, Cherish and Brad Parker. After we learned about their personal success in the industry and what they are up to now, we were placed into groups to begin the cowriting magic. Everyone came back together at the end to share the songs that sprouted from the groups. They were beautiful and inspiring! I may post a link to our group’s song so you can hear it. I wrote with Cherish and classmate Marissa who have beautiful voices. It was a natural flow in the room. Cherish lead and encouraged us to let the inspiration catch us by surprise and flow out, without over thinking and trying to rhyme. It was very poetic and sultry. It’s crazy what you can do in an hour.

And now, a little bit about each of the guest writers….

Marsha is a multi-platinum songwriter, a coach and an artist originally from New York. She is writing with Barbara Streisand’s son Jason Gould currently. Marsha has had cuts with Diana Ross, Jessica Simpson, Meatloaf, Shaka Khan to name a few.

She’s so clever and very witty. A genuine and very sharp woman. She told us a funny story about one of her songs surprisingly ending up in the first Scary Movie film. Her song “Show Me Now” was placed right before an oral sex scene. She was mortified but said luckily her name was misspelled in the credits. She immediately snuck out afterward. I can only imagine spending hours on a meaningful song and then discovering its been used for other purposes. That’s alarming and very funny all at once.

Marsha often writes with Liz who is a lyricist. Liz started as a poet in high school. She loves music but did not at all feel blessed with instrumental talent. Although, through the study of poetry, she learned much about the rhythm of words. While in college she ended up renting a room in which happened to be a band house. She threw away one of her poems in the common room. A songwriter, who was there for a demo, picked it up and affirmed Liz that while it may be a bad poem, it could be a good lyric. When Liz asked why she’d want to learn to write lyrics, the songwriter explained, “because songwriters earn a living and poets starve.” Liz got a publishing deal within three months of writing her first song. She has cuts on TV/film and with artists like Meatloaf and Jessica as well. Liz has an amazing attitude and is also very witty. Her philosophy is she will write with anyone once. She’s been given the chance to write with top artists and songwriters throughout her career and so she extends the same opportunity to us upandcoming writers. You never know what magic is there.

Brad Phillip Parker is a songwriter, musician and artist from Iowa. He’s played all over the world in several types of bands. He has been deemed a radical and is a visionary advocating for songwriters to be fairly compensated for the work that’s transacted and for the protection of that work. In the past, he spent time playing in Hateashberry with a psychedelic music band. Initially, he began as a poet who was radicalized by the Times. He was in a band called The Knobs at which time he had orange hair. 415
Records produced an album for them which had, with what he called, a “wall of mud” because the reverb was so heavy. Brad also found a way to get Peter Paul and Marry’s album mass distribution and consequently they won a Grammy.

When Brad traveled to Hong Kong, he met Alan. Alan took him on a trip with Diane Warren and other peers to explore the overseas markets. One of which was called Pacific Harmony. Brad then got hits all over South East Asia, later in Ireland, etc.

Also, Brad was one of first people to do a deal with iTunes; one of the first 100 contracts that iTunes ever signed with a record label. Since his many adventures, he went back to his roots of being an indie artist and recently “Days of Poetry” which I now have a signed copy of. Can’t wait to listen to it! The title came from one of his first poetry books, “Coney Island of the Mind”

As i mentioned, Brad is an activist and a visionary leader in the industry who has lobbied and sold in fair copywrite laws. He is also planning to lobby for a blanket license for digital content, for which transactions can be tracked via the embedded codes and paid out to writers and publishers. He said just like there is a blanket in tv and radio, we should be paid for the work we are doing that is shared digitally.

Last but never least, Cherish Alexander is a songwriter and artist. She’s been hearing music in her head since she was five years old. Luckily her family recognized her talent. By the age of seven, she was taking opera lessons, playing piano, and writing with her brother, who played and wrote recreationally. When she was later signed to Warner Chaplin, she met and wrote w Alan. She described it as a therapy session, writing deep songs about her family and personal stories. She was signed with the label for about four years and the deal didn’t work out because she wasn’t being encouraged to be authentic to herself as an artist.

I love her spirit and kind soul! She’s very talented and unique. Cherish is proud to say, “I’m 100% who I am.” She has stayed true to that. She already did the not who I am thing with RCA already for long enough. She needed to be authentic to who she is instead of being recognized for who she wasn’t.

Nothing stopped her from doing so. She is considered a modern day poet and went on to start a band called Pain Killers, who had placements in Film and TV. She also joined an all girls Led Zeppelin band and toured around the world. Currently, she is a band called Bella Bavaria living a life she loves and writing the music that moves her and others.

Needless to say…although I will…I’m completely inspired!