Crazy, the debut radio single by Canadian Country Singer/Songwriter Danielle Todd, is one of those songs that will stop you in your tracks. Highlighted by passionate and compelling vocals, a universal message about the disarming nature of love, and a vibrant production that will please music lovers across many genres, Todd has seemingly solved the magical formula of how to meld the best elements of modern musical styles with a singer/songwriter’s touch for lyrical depth and literacy. Crazy is a masterstroke of composition that marks the emergence of a fresh, confident artist onto a much larger musical stage.
At its heart, Todd has poured her own experiences and those of many others into a charming, melody-rich song which speaks of the kind of the silly madness that deep, passionate love can evoke in all of us.
“I could write heartbreak songs for days, but I have been writing more upbeat and happier songs lately because that’s what I find fun and I find is needed these days. Crazy is fun; it’s one of those songs you bop along to when it comes on in the car,” said Todd, a native of Guelph, Ontario.
Crazy is a strong statement from an artist who is unafraid to be herself, to write music that is perhaps a little outside the country mainstream, but an artist that truly knows how to connect with an audience. It was penned alongside a couple of other up-and-coming writer/performers, Caitie Thompson and Bobbi Holliday, but imbued with Todd’s potently natural charm, enthusiasm and honesty.
After a decade of performing in venues across Ontario, Todd moved to Nashville three years ago, where she has dedicated herself to honing her chops as a writer, as well as becoming an in-demand performer on the competitive local club scene.
As a writer, she has learned from countless songwriting sessions across the breadth of musical genres, ending up with a classic country sound infused with the exceptionally well crafted, memorable pop sensibilities of her first musical inspirations.
As a youngster, Todd was first drawn to the powerhouse pop/soul performances of the likes of Whitney Houston and especially Mariah Carey – the later because she tended to write more of her own music.
“That’s when I fell in love with Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Michelle Wright and I began to really love and appreciate country music. So, there was Mariah, and those wonderful female country artists, including Dolly Parton, but I also remember really loving the Wilson Philips album which taught me how to sing and write vocal harmony, which has become a huge part of my own sound,” she said.
Nashville is a welcoming city for new talent, but it can also eat you alive if you are not prepared for the hothouse mentality of the songwriting sessions, the round the clock production schedules and the endless gigging and showcasing – all of which is necessary to just make a living.
Danielle wasted no time once arriving in Nashville. She became a gigging musician right out of the gate, learning more than 250 cover songs, across a broad spectrum of genres, pulling in some backing musicians and began working the vibrant club scene along the main musical street in Nashville, Broadway.
In reality, Todd has two full time jobs. The first is as a songwriter and recording artist. The second is as a performer. The second sustains the first. And it’s the way one pays their dues in Music City USA.
“Its not unusual for me to gig five to seven days a week, and it’s not unusual for me to play 14 days in a row if I get asked to pick up some last-minute shows” she says. “On Broadway, every single bar has three or more floors and every floor has a band and there are four shifts seven days a week on every floor. And it never stops.”
“It’s the most insane place to work. But it’s fun, it’s high energy. I am meeting literally thousands of people a day. And I take what I learn and bring it into my songwriting sessions, which usually take place earlier in the day.”
While she pays her dues in Nashville, home is where her heart is and will always be, so Todd is thrilled to release her debut radio single in Canada. Crazy is the opening act to what promises to be an intriguing, fulsome and successful solo career of an exceptional performer who, will undoubtedly make audiences stop, look and listen whenever they hear one of her potently memorable songs.