Dani McCulloch

Me
Dani Info:

Birthday: October 12
Born: Memphis, TN
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Height: 5ft 6inches
Weight: You know I wont tell!
Marital Status: Single
Sibling: 1 Brother (Dustin)
Pets: 1 dog (Toto), 1 cat (Tootsie)
Musical Influence: Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis, Martina McBride, Celine, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Muse
Instruments: Learning guitar and keyboards
Hobbies: Shopping
Never leave Home: Without wearing the perfect shoes

Favorites:
Color: Red
Food: Houstons Hawaiin Steak
Rendevouz Ribs
Ice Cream: Coffee and French Vanilla
Restaurant: Houstons and Benihanas
Place: Somewhere on a Beach
Book: Bible
Movie: Brave Heart
TV Shows: Friends, That 70s Show,
Everybody Loves Raymond,
Desperate Housewives
Cartoon: Doug
Sports Teams: Titans, Memphis Tiger Basketball
Packers, Collierville Dragons
Songs: "At Last" and "Feeling Good"
Musical Artist: Bonnie Raitt
Car: Shelby GT

Interesting Tidbits:
I first realized I wanted to be a musical artist... when I sang in my 1st contest at age 13. It was a rush!

I want to be a singer/songwriter because... I can putwhat I feel and what I want to say to music and then say it to the world.

The most exciting part of my career so far... Performing at shows with artists such as Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Steve Azar, Trent Tomlinson, Emerson Drive, Patti LaBelle and others.

Most unusual job: Work the catering tent for a Bonnie Raitt concert here in Memphis.

First paying gig: Johnny Highs Music Review in Arlington, TX. Lee Ann Rimes got her start there. I made a whopping $30. I never cashed the check.

Job I would rather starve than do: Clean Houses

My hero is... My Mama, She is my best friend too.

Posters on my wall: Elvis, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

First childhood crush on a star: Leonardo DiCaprio

Ideal date: Dinner cooked by the man that asked me out with some romantic music and candles.  If that was on a beach somewhere that would be even better.

If I could tour with anyone it would be... Jewel, Jonny Lang, Zakk Wylde acoustic show, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban

If I could meet anyone, dead or alive, and ask them one question, it would be... Elvis...Where have you been hiding all these years? Ha...What would you do differently looking back on your career?

Telling people about yourself as a person and a musician isnt always the easiest thing to do. I dont really like talking about myself but I guess that is what a Bio is all about. So here goes...

I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. I lived in Charlotte, NC for about 2 years but other than that I have lived my whole life in the home of the blues and the King of Rock and Roll. My musical roots are planted in that great Memphis blues, Classic Rock, Staxx Soul and Mississippi Delta Country.

I always liked to sing and dance around the house and when playing with my cousins while growing up. My mom would make me sing for people in the grocery store, at the beauty shop, just wherever she was. I once sang for our dentist and he told my mom to checkout the West Tennessee Youth Chorus by contacting a lady named Martha Wright. So shortly thereafter I joined the youth chorus and we traveled to sing at the White House and in Europe. That was so much fun and I loved performing.

After 1 year with the chorus I decided to take voice lessons so my mom found a vocal coach, Brandi Bell, and she started working with me one on one. She enrolled me in a contest and I was scared to death at the thought of me performing by myself in a competition. I cried the night before the contest and tried to backout but my parents encouraged me to give it a chance and I am so glad I did. Once the music started my jitters went away and I had a blast and won 1st place in the contest so I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Entertain People!

I started song writing in early 2003 with some talented producers, Jim Allison and Stephanie McKenna. We completed my 1st CD, Outside the Lines, at the end of 2003. I am still very proud of that CD.

I have been working on my sophomore CD for the last 3 years and hope to release either an EP or Full Album in 2008. I have evolved a lot since that 1st album and have honed in on more of my Memphis Roots influences.

Most young singers start out by singing to music tracks when they perform. I was no different so I began singing at some festivals and events around Memphis. I was 14 when I 1st performed on World Famous Beale Street at B.B. Kings, thanks to their Manager, J.B. Wells. After that experience and seeing all the bands that performed their music live on Beale I knew it was time to take things to the next level. My 1st experience in singing with a live band came at the Strand Theater in Millington, TN. Justin Timberlake is from there and he use to sing out at the Strand as well. You show up on Thursday night with 2 songs that you want to perform and you practice them for about 10 minutes with the house band and then you perform on Saturday night to a great crowd. It is a ton of fun. So after playing with a live band in front of a crowd I started putting together my own band and started booking gigs. Things just fell into place and I have been blessed to play with some killer musicians while fronting my band. Over the last 5 years I have played some really awesome gigs that include performing with Buddy Guy, Patti LaBelle, Andy Childs, Buddy Guy, Steve Azar, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Chely Wright, Emerson Drive, Trent Tomlinson, Keith Anderson and many others.

My music has really evolved since I wrote those 1st songs for my debut CD. I cant fight the musical influences inside me that I attribute to growing up in Memphis. I have learned that the most important thing is to 1st find out who you are as a musician and then stay true to yourself. Right now I just want to keep writing songs and keep performing and continuing to grow and develop into the artist I am suppose to be.

I have been ask a lot to describe who I am as an artist and that is hard to do. I love to sing soulful songs like "Never Loved a Man" by Aretha and great passionate ballads like "Turn Me On" by Norah Jones.  I love some of the great classic country songs too like Crazy and some of the great ballads that Faith and Martina cut like Breathe and Independence Day.  Faith recorded a song called "What's in it for Me" that I use to cover that was really fun to sing because it had a rock edge to it.  I also like to Rock it Out. My brother Dustin turned me on to a lot of Classic and Metal rock because he had it cranked up all the time in his room next door to mine.  "Let it Ride" by Bachman, Turner Overdrive and ""House of the Rising Sun" by the animals are 2 favorites to sing right now. I also love Bonnie Raitt's music because it has a great Southern Rock edge to it with a Country feel.

If you come to one of my concerts you will hear a variety of music that ranges from Country to Rock to Blues to Soul, . We have a lot of fun and I think you will too so I hope to see you there one day soon. Until then please drop me an email every now and then. I love hearing from new people and what they have going on in their life.

Remember to always Chase after your Dreams because you usually dont catch anything if you don't chase after it.

xoxo,
Dani
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