With the wind still in her sails from consecutive Americana Music Association award nominations for UK Album of the year (for Mockingbird Lane, 2017) and UK artist of the year (2018) plus extensive tours and opening slots with the likes of The Secret Sisters, Shakin' Stevens and Lucinda Williams, Danni, her powerful, arresting voice and her dynamically poetic original songs are ever-gaining presence and reach.
Hailing from Bedfordshire, growing up on the American roots music of her Anglo-Indian grandmother’s record collection, singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls has been paving her way in UK Americana for over a decade, becoming a leading figure on the scene, building a loyal fan base and much critical praise.
“I absolutely love the beauty and elegance of her music” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
April 12th 2019 saw the release of Danni's third studio album The Melted Morning.
Produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (The Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright-Roche) at the idyllic woodland studio MOXE, Nashville TN, The Melted Morning is a collection of closely personal yet widely relatable songs.
The themes of this album span an array of life’s takeaways; from the pain and darkness of rejection, the fear of losing yourself and the power of human connection to offering up hope, light and new perspectives in the face of adversities.
This team is made up of the cream of the Nashville crop including Annie Clements (Maren Morris, Amos Lee), Larissa Maestro (Margo Price) Jordan Hamlin (Brandi Carlile, Katie Herzig), Engineer, Gena Johnson (Jason Isbell, John Prine) and background vocals from grammy award nominated duo The Secret Sisters.
“Working with almost exclusively women for this project felt like the most natural and obvious path, partly out of a desire for a whole new record-making experience and knowing wholeheartedly I wanted to work with Jordan in this inspiring safe-haven she has built and partly because it just feels good and important to play a small part in addressing the ongoing gender imbalance in the music industry. But mostly because I admire and respect these people immensely and felt they were the absolute right people to help bring these songs to life”.
Danni has just completed an extensive tour of the UK as a trio and Denmark as full band with more dates to come over the summer and into Autumn including Copenhagen Roots and Jazz festival, and AmericanaFest, Nashville.
The Melted Morning Quotes
“The vocals glide along with layers of cello, horns and keys, merging into a blanket of sonic warmth that makes ‘The Melted Morning‘ felt as much as it is heard”
“A polished dark gem”
Maverick Magazine 5/5 stars
“an incredibly well-crafted album with depth and originality” Maverick Magazine
“a stunning piece of work that does a remarkable job of merging light with dark”
“a stunning piece of work”
“it is such a strong album”
“an album that deserves, no, needs, to be heard”
“the album of her career so far”
Three Chords and the Truth
“a seriously classy set of songs”
“This stunning collection of tunes will resonate deep”
“Her passion for her craft is unparalleled. Her depth of emotion, commitment to the song, and ability to go deep makes her a rare artist”
Jed Hilly, Director of the Americana Music Association
“An artist with the elegance and imagination to restore your faith in the visceral power of an original song”
Paul Sexton, BBC Radio 2 and freelance print/broadcast journalist
“I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice” - Q Magazine
“Sumptuous…a warm wry line in confessional songwriting” - UNCUT
“One in a million…” - Maverick Music Magazine