DECEMBER 31, 2016
This wonderful news comes in as we are reflecting on 2016 and eager to bring in the New Year. 2016 saw Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs receive extensive airplay on campus and public radio across North America and it has just been announced on CBC Radio's The Key of A Best of 2016 list!
Vents Magazine also agreed in an article this past summer that Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs Dark Love Songs easily rates among the year’s best albums from anyone.
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Just in time for Danielle's official CD release party tonight at Wine Oh's in Calgary, AB, Danielle is featured in The Calgary Herald talking to staff writer Mike Bell about how her new release Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs came to be.
CALGARY HERALD, November 17, 2016
by Mike Bell
Fate deals Calgary songwriter Danielle French a winning hand for latest album
In the case of Calgary musician Danielle French, that place was in a motel in the small town of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin of all places. And every day and in many ways, she’s thankful for what fate had in store once she got there. “It’s certainly changed my life as a writer,” French says, while sitting in Inglewood pub Swans. As to what got her there, well, a little bit of backstory is required...
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Official Alberta CD Release Concerts Announced
Although Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs has already been receiving generous airplay and publicity over the recent months, Danielle has finally officially announced two Alberta CD release dates.
AUGUST 10, 2016
The Reviews are in, Dark Love Songs Likely to be Named Best of 2016 on Several Sites
After an 8 week publicity campaign, managed by Tinderbox Music, the results and are and the reviews are rave, many outlets giving Dark Love Songs a 9 out of 10 stars and naming it one of the best albums of 2016!
You can view a full list of all the reviews in depth visit the PRESS section of this website, but here are a few highlights:
"Ms. French's music is moody and slightly peculiar and has been compared to classic artists like Kate Bush and Tom Waits. The strangely-titled Miss Scarlett & The Madmen: Dark Love Songs might just be the album to catapult Danielle's career to the next level."
“This is an unusual and intriguing album. It’s also one that’s likely to make my “best of 2016” list… There is a definite Gothic texture to this, along with a lot of psychedelia and world music… You really should give this a try. It’s a very special album.”
Music Street Journal
“Dark Love Songs… ranks certainly as one of the more imaginative efforts anyone will hear in 2016…“
Indie Music Reviews
9 out of 10 stars Dark Love Songs easily rates among the year’s best albums from anyone. There’s rare creativity and daring here that makes the work a charged listening experience. It isn’t just some sonic mope fest either. There is emotional depth here that never flirts with melodrama and features superb musical talents.
AUGUST 1, 2016
Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs
Now Available on iTunes
The new CD is now available for digital download on iTunes, although unlike physical CD, the digital version is unscented. For a physical, scented copy visit the STORE section of this website.
Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs on a Radio Station Near You
Tinderbox Music (Minneapolis, MN) is in the process of promoting my new release to campus, public and AAA radio across Canada and the US. The radio campaign is a few weeks in now and the results are starting to come in, with Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen ~ Dark Love Songs being added and even charting on campus, AAA and public radio across Canada and the US.
The following is a full list of stations that have added the disc, with links to their websites (sorted by State/City). Feel free to request songs from Miss Scarlett & the Madmen ~ Dark Love Songs at a station near you- if you don't see a station near you on this list, it just means that they haven't "added" it to their playlist yet. If you have a favorite campus, public or AAA radio station, feel free to reach out to them as well!
CBC Radio Canada- Sent centrally through the Music Library to all stations throughout Canada
CJSW Calgary, AB, Canada- Light Rotation
CKUA Alberta, Canada- Medium Rotation
KEUL Girdwood, AK- Light Rotation
KHSU Arcata, CA- Added
KDVS Davis, CA- Added
KMUD Redway, CA- Light Rotation
KSSU Sacramento, CA- Light Rotation
KCSB Santa Barbara, CA- Added
KCSS Turlock, CA- Light Rotation
KGNU Boulder, CO- Light Rotation
KMET Denver, CO- Medium Rotation
KOTO Telluride, CO- Light Rotation
WPKN Bridgeport, CT- Light Rotation
WRTC Hartford, CT- Light Rotation
WSIN New Haven, CT- Light Rotation
WHUS Storrs, CT- Light Rotation
WWUH West Hartford, CT- Light Rotation
KTUH Honolulu, HI- Light Rotation
KWLC Decorah, IA- Heavy Rotation
KLCZ Lewiston, ID- Heavy Rotation
KRFP Moscow, ID- Heavy Rotation, CHARTED AT #6
KUOI Mosco, ID- Light Rotation
WEFT Champaign, IL- Light Rotation
WXAV Chicago, IL- Light Rotation
WMMT Whiteburg, KY- Light Rotation
KSLU Hammond, LA- Added
KXUL Monro, LA- Added
KSCL Shreveport, LA- Light Rotation
WMBR Cambridge, MA- Light Rotation
Lasell College Radio Newton MA- Medium Rotataion, CHARTED AT #1- Named "Artist of the Day"!
WUMD North Dartmouth, MA- Light Rotation
WTCC Springfield, MA- Light Rotation
WCFM Williamstown, MA- Light Rotation
WLOY Baltimore, MD- Light Rotation CHARTED AT #2
WERU East Orland, ME- Light Rotation
WRBC Lewiston, ME- Light Rotation
WMPG Portland, ME- Light Rotation
WHFR Dearborn, MN- Medium Rotation
KFAI Minneapolis, MN- Light Rotation
KVSC St. Cloud, MN- Medium Rotation
KMNR Rolla, MO- Light Rotation
KDHX St. Louis, MO- Added
WUAG Greensboro, NC- Added
WNIA Rocky Mount, NC- Heavy Rotation
WLFR Galloway, NJ- Light Rotation
WRRC Lawrenceville, NJ- Medium Rotation
WDWN Auburn, NY- Light Rotation
WBNY Buffalo, NY- Light Rotation
WHCL Clinton, NY- Light Rotation
WRHU Hempstead, NY- Light Rotation
WGFR Queensburg, NY- Added
WITR Rochester, NY- Light Rotation
WRUR Rochester, NY-Light Rotation
WPNR Utica, NY- Light Rotation
WARY Valhalla, NY- Light Rotation
WBGU Bowling Green, OH- Light Rotation
WWSU Dayton, OH- Medium Rotaiton
WDUB Granville, OH- Light Rotation
WMCO New Concord, OH- Light Rotation
KRSC Claremore, OH- Added
KEOL La Grande, OR- Light Rotation
WESS East Stroudsburg, PA- Light Rotation
WPTS Pittsburgh, PA- Light Rotation
WVIA Pittston, PA- - Light Rotation
KVRX Austin, TX- Light Rotation
WERA Arlington, VA- Light Rotation CHARTED AT #2
WCWM Williamsburg, VA- Light Rotation
KTCV Kennewick, WA- Light Rotation CHARTED AT #5
WOJB Hayward, WI- Added
WIPZ Kenosha, WI- Medium Rotation
WORT Madison, WI- Light Rotation
WMSE Milwaukee, WI- Medium Rotation CHARTED AT #17
WMUL Huntington, WV- Medium Rotation
Behind the Music A.V.A. Live Radio- Interview
Celtica Radio Wales
Ear to the Ground
Ear Bits Radio
Indie Scene Radio
The Josie Show- Interview August 19, 2016
The following outlets have done interviews and/or reviews of the new CD over the past few weeks!
Palace of Rock- Blog - CD Review
Vents Magazine- Interview
American Pride- Interview
BabySue (TM)- Website - CD Review
Indie Music Review- Website - CD Review (9 Stars Out Of 10)
Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs
Hitting radio waves near you in the coming weeks and NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
It's been a wonderful journey creating this collection of songs with a collaborative team of co-writers, musicians and producers at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin over the past 4 years. I am thrilled to announce that I have hired a US radio tracking firm, Tinderbox Music (Minneapolis, MN) to promote my new release to campus, public and AAA radio across Canada and the US (going for radio adds on June 7), and Dark Love Songs is now available through online ordering (both physically can digitally) through CD Baby, through the STORE link on my website. It is being serviced to digital download site such as iTunes as well, but may take a few more weeks to appear on those outlets.
In the first week of June, two of my home-province stations have shown tremendous support in playing material from Dark Love Songs on the air! Thanks to CKUA Radio (www.ckua.com) for premiering "It Must Be Roses" on Baba's Mid-Morning Mojo show, and CBC's Katherine Duncan, who did a lovely interview and feature on the new CD on The Key of A, a radio show that presents original music by emerging Alberta artists. More stations will be added in the coming weeks, I will update the list as more information is available!
I am excited to be returning to the The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI for another week of co-writing, recording and performing with some of my favourite people in the world at the Love on Holiday songwriting intensive February 7 to 14, 2016. We will culminate the week of songwriting with two live performances at the Third Avenue Playhouse on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm.
Greetings & Salutations!
In January 2016 I did an IndieGogo fundraising campaign encouraging friends and fans to pre-order my upcoming CD Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett and the Madmen ~ Dark Love Songs through my IndieGogo Pre-Sales Campaign. Pre-selling CD's helps me raise the funds to press and promote the new release and gives the contributor an advance copy before the official CD release date. This project features music that I had the pleasure of co-writing with various artists at The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI over the past few years.
The fundraiser was a huge success, the CD's are now pressed- each one contains a unique insert and piece of ephemera and they have been hand-scented with rose oil! The official CD release party will be announced in the coming months!
I am excited to be returning to the The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI for another week of co-writing, recording and performing with some of my favourite people in the world at the Dark Songs songwriting intensive October 25 to 31. We will culminate the week of songwriting with two live performances at the Third Avenue Playhouse on Friday October 30th at 7:30pm and Saturday October 31st at 10pm immediately following Rocky Horror Picture.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE MP3 OF BLACK SUNDAY
Recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio in Bath, England, Black Sunday is a dream-like song. The singer is addressing a narcissist who has breezed into her life, infecting her with his charm, then destroying her heart without remorse.
Black Sunday features co-producer Tom Gordon, assistant engineer Marco Migliari with Martyn Barker (Billy Bragg, Robert Plant, Shriekback) on drums, Emma Hughes (Kate Nash) on bass and Mandy Todd (Spirit of the Dance touring show) on violin.
It was just over a year ago that Tom Gordon and I ventured to London to see Kate Bush live at the Apollo and afterwards had the opportunity to visit Real World Studio where we recorded Black Sunday. This song will be included on my upcoming CD release Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett and the Madmen- Dark Love Songs in early 2016.
Most of the material on this upcoming CD project evolved from a series of co-writing sessions I participated in at The Holiday Music Motel over the past few years and was primarily recorded at Makin' Sausage Music in Milwaukee with co-producer Steve Hamilton.
Over the past three years I have been participating in a series of songwriting intensives at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. pAt mAcdonald (formerly of the band Timbuk3- he wrote "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades") is the creative director at the Holiday Music Motel and has has been instrumental in supporting the creative development of songwriters over the past ten years.
In June 2015, the songwriters who attended Steel Bridge Songfest surprised pAt with a two-disc tribute CD where the Steel Bridge Artists pay homage to pAt by covering his tunes. "Begging His Graces, the Songs and Sins of pAt mAcdonald" can be purchased at http://holidaymusicmotel.com/tribute.
I am the only Canadian songwriter invited to contribute a track to this compilation. I chose pAt's moody song "Splinters"- recorded at Studio D in Calgary, AB, featuring Bob Fenske on a Chinese drum and percussion and co-produced by Steve Dierkens.
I realize things have been a little quiet on my website for the past year, but a lot has been percolating under the surface that I'd like to share with you all.
I have finished recording a new CD project that was developed from material I have been co-writing at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin over the past few years. Being that it has been such a collaborative process, I am calling this new project Miss Scarlett and the Madmen- Dark Love Songs. The recording will be released in early 2016 due to my current work schedule, which in itself is quite exciting...
I have landed a production job on the hit TV Show "Hell on Wheels" that is shot near my hometown of Calgary, Alberta. This position goes until October 2015, so I will be focusing on my music endeavours again once the show wraps. Look out for and IndieGogo pre-sale campaign in the fall to help me raise the funds necessary to replicate and market the new CD.
I received a fan email through myYouTube account from a fellow named Christopher Edwards who was inspired to create a video to my song Harsh Reality, asking my permission to post it. I think he did a fabulous job and I'm pleased to share it with you all!
*Remember to hit the pause button on the automatic audio player on the top of this website so the audio doesn't conflict with the audio in the video.
Thanks to a generous professional development grant from the Calgary Arts Development Authority, I will be spending the month of May in Nashville, Tennessee working with vocal coach Julie Christensen for intensive period of time. As I am preparing to into the studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the end of May, Julie will help me with my vocal delivery on the material I will be recording in order to capture the best possible vocal performances on the upcoming CD.
Julie Christensen is a seasoned performer and professional vocal coach who, on top of having a successful solo career, has sang with artists such as Lou Reed, Steve Wynn, Van Dyke Parks, and she toured singing back up for Leonard Cohen for 10 years. I have been wanting to work with Julie since meeting her at the Folk Alliance conference in 2012, and I am grateful to CADA for helping my dream come true!
You can spot Julie in this classic Leonard Cohen video- Closing Time (she is one of the sexy back up singers, naturally!).