UK singer/songwriter/musician Danielle Morgan’s music is diverse in topic and mood. She honed her skills at the famous BRIT School in London. Morgan has composed 50 songs and works with LA producer the RealJonSmith. On stage, Morgan is at her best & is absolutely mesmerizing. She recently completed recording 6 songs at Abbey Road Studios in London, and will launch her first release “No Trace of You” in July. Live show dates are planned in UK / Ireland this summer. 1 in Music met the artist for an interview.
1inmusic: What is unique about you and your music?
Danielle Morgan [DM]: I see myself as unconventional in the way I write and perform, going against the normal and usual processes to do that. I don’t copy or seek to imitate other artists, though I do respect what they do. Sometimes the band and my producer do double-takes on my chord structures but that makes it challenging for them (and me!)
1inMusic: What shaped your music and who supports you?
DM: In my early years, I was strongly influenced by the big orchestra and production sounds of musical theatre. My musical journey has been sometimes lonely and driven mainly by me. Support can take many forms but in terms of real, consistent and meaningful support, my manager, co-writer and mentor John has been my rock.
1inmusic: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
DM: I always knew I would take this path, the only question was when. When I was young, I had many opportunities, including a recording contract but I chose to wait as I was not mentally ready for various reasons. To be successful you have a passion and a hunger. Now I feel it is my time and I have more passion than ever to succeed.
1inmusic: What type of music do you listen to?
DM: I like to listen to musical theatre and Irish folk and country music just to relax and I enjoy listening to the radio when I can. There never seems to be enough time to be a big listener with all the current projects I am working on.
1inmusic: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
DM: Jennifer Hudson is an amazing talent – her performance in “Dream Girls” was incredible and she does not get the recognition she deserves. I love her personal story and her determination.
1inmusic: How do you prepare for your performances?
DM: I like to have at least one hour of quiet time alone to get ready and be calm. The build-up to gigs and performances is so stressful that I need this. I never eat close to the performance time but make sure I drink plenty of water. Afterwards, I love to sit, relax and enjoy a meal to wind-down with my manager and the band to de-brief. After that, I like to sit again with John, my manager, to absorb the whole experience.
1inmusic: What ignites your (song) writing flow?
DM: It just happens, most times without any real explanation, I get the urge to write. The whole thing is very spiritual and I am drawn to the piano. I can’t write in a mechanical or process way. Everything, the lyrics and melody and music comes from within. I’ve been very blessed to have written over 50 original songs like this.
1inmusic: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
DM: I love cooking and swimming. Both are great distractions from music to clear my head. You have to be focused on both to do them well.
1inmusic: Success to you is…
DM: Being internally rich and calm.
1inmusic: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
DM: Don’t be fooled by a friendly smile. Not everyone is your friend so be cautious but open-minded.
1inmusic: Any upcoming projects?
DM: We are set to launch my debut single in July: “No Trace of You” and we are finishing the plans for a series of gigs in UK / Ireland this summer. I hope to be back at Abbey Road in the early autumn to finish my debut album: “Explore the Layers”. It’s really exciting and intense.
1inmusic: Where do we find your music / music project?
DM: We are keeping everyone updated on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/DanielleMorgan138/