Genre: Acoustic / Americana / Pop
Location Quad Cities, Iowa, US
Profile Views: 39775
Last Login: 12/11/2011
Member Since 3/24/2009
Type of Label Unsigned
Bio"Danika Holmes is a rising star in the heartland!” says Bill Sullivan of The Rock and Roll Report. Mike Wolfe of The History Channel’s American Pickers says “She’s a true American talent… I couldn’t stop listening!” Music critics agree that Danika is charming and energetic with a welcoming tone in her voice, which is as gentle as a breeze. As Holmes plays shows, fans tell her how they can relate to her lyrics, which is exactly what she is hoping for. “At first that was really scary for me. I felt like I was standing on stage and unzipping my soul!” Currently, Danika’s music is being broadcast on independent radio stations, blogs, and podcasts around the world. She performs regularly with her band, has opened for The Nadas, and her show was aired on Iowa Public Television and Radio. more... less... “Second Chances,” Danika’s debut album, was released in March of 2010. The title track is a reflection of Danika’s dogmatic belief that everyone benefits from a second chance, or even a third, along life’s way. Starting over with a music career was her second chance in life. Wildy’s World writes, “It’s a highly personal first step on a path with a lot of potential.” “Half as Strong as You,” the most personal song on the album, was written to honor Danika’s dad who passed away from cancer in 2005. “It is a brave thing to start a set of modern Americana folk songs with a tale of loss and vulnerability, but this brave thing defined the music that follows… That all these songs are wrapped in a perfectly balanced mix of the pop smooth and the country honest lets us know that her message will soon get into the hearts of radio listeners everywhere,” according to The Next Big Thing Review. A fan favorite, “Lock Me In Tonight,” was made into Danika’s first music video and was released in June 2010. While music has always been an important part of Danika’s life, it wasn’t always the main focus. By the time she was 26 Danika was only a dissertation away from completing her PhD. “In 2009 I ended up writing an album instead of a dissertation! However, I use everything I learned in my graduate studies to run my own business as an independent artist so it was time well spent!” Once she made the decision to pursue music full time she ran full speed ahead and never looked back. Danika is one of five kids. She says, “I was a little rag-a-muffin who tromped around in hand me down clothes and spent every free minute doing building projects with my dad or creating something, anything --- from fashions to songs and dances.” Danika’s passion for music, the influence of her parents, and life experiences have shaped her into the writer and artist she has become. Myspace Layouts / Acoustic Guitar / Hot Comments / Image Hosting
InfluencesSheryl Crow, the Beatles, Duffy, Third Day, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield... to name a few
Sounds LikeColbie Caillat, Norah Jones, Jewel, Dusty Springfield
Danika Holmes has a show on 05/18/2013 at 07:00 PM @ Roosters in Nashville, TN http://lnk.ms/f2sNl #concert
Danika Holmes has a show on 05/13/2013 at 06:00 PM @ Hotel Indigo... in Nashville, TN http://lnk.ms/f246R #concert
Danika Holmes has a show on 05/11/2013 at 08:00 PM @ The Grape Life in Davenport, IA http://lnk.ms/f1nf1 #concert
Danika Holmes has a show on 05/10/2013 at 08:00 PM @ JPÕs 207 in Washington, IA http://lnk.ms/f1dNn #concert
Danika Holmes has a show on 05/13/2013 at 06:00 PM @ Hotel Indigo... in Nashville, TN http://lnk.ms/f1XHn #concert
My short story…..
Who: I am Danika Ann Holmes, singer/songwriter.
What: I write and perform primarily pop music with a country influence that sounds like a cross between Colbie Caillat and Norah Jones.
Where: I was born and raised in Iowa, and recently recorded my debut album at Big White House Studios in Illinois with producer and studio owner Paul Hamilton.
Why: I'm creating music that makes me happy and hopefully can make you happy, too. It's all about the music!
When: I'm excited to share the release of my debut album, "Second Chances" with you now!A longer version for those who may be interested… ..
Music has always been a part of my life in various ways. I've been in front of a piano off and on since I was five. It didn't take me long to discover I could put notes together in any way I wanted to create my own original songs. By thirteen, I was recording my songs in the studio and had been selected as finalist in a songwriting competition. However, high school and college led me to focus primarily on dance and academics. Now, nearly three degrees later I have traveled full-circle back to where I started, with music.
A series of traumatic personal events, including the death of my father and a relationship betrayal ending in a broken heart led me to re-evaluate my life goals. When I was at rock bottom I turned to music. I began writing down my feelings in song format and spending hours a day playing guitar as a way of clearing my mind. Music became my escape from the reality of my shattered life. While personally trying situations seem to be impossible to endure while in the midst of them, eventually time will prevail and we emerge as either broken or stronger. I hope my songs will help others in the midst of difficult circumstances to emerge stronger. My life experiences along with my passion for music have shaped me into the writer and artist that I have become today.
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