At just the age of just four years old, Reno, Nevada native Dani Jack first stepped foot on stage as The Little Drummer Boy in a play, and the rest is history. Her natural talent for singing and performing launched her into a Los Angeles based band, Country Nation, where she was the front woman. This experience allowed her to hone her craft and become a solo artist in Nashville.
Jack has been very busy as of late, releasing her new single "Fallin' For It" as well as an EP being released in late August. She also starred as Loretta Lynn and June Carter in the Johnny Cash Now Tribute Show at the Jonesborough Days Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee which was surely an honor.
Be sure to check out her new single "Fallin' For It" and be on the lookout for her new EP in the coming weeks. Jack will be in Nashville for the remainder of the summer, performing at many different events.
You’ve worked with fellow musicians from other genres, how has that non-Country perspective helped you create your own sound? "I’ve been lucky to have such a large variety of influences to learn from. Collaborating with artists who think differently than I do has given me more tools to use. I think it’s also given me a little freedom to experiment and be creative, especially when i write with them."
You spend lots of free time giving back to others in need, how does inspire you musically? "I’ve never really thought about how it inspires me directly but I think it actually has had a large impact in a few different ways. Most of the songs I write are about my own life experiences but every once in awhile, you hear someone else's story that needs to be shared. Helping others and hearing their stories firsthand has given me a greater ability to write music from a perspective that is not mine but that other people can relate to. I think it has also helped me see how similar we all are. Whatever outside struggles we’re going through, we still all battle the same internal struggles. We all still desire to love and be loved in return. Also, watching brave men and women battling things I couldn’t even imagine has inspired me to be more brave, from writing a song that is hard to write or putting my music out into the world to be judged."
You were formerly a frontwoman in a Los Angeles based band before moving to Nashville, how is the country scene in Los Angeles different from Nashville? "On the West Coast, we wear cowboy boots and daisy dukes when we go to country bars, especially if you’re local. There’s also a heavy line-dancing and two-stepping scene. There are certain cover songs you do at certain bars because the crowd is expecting to line dance. When I moved to Nashville, I assumed it would be the same because this is the country music capital of the world. I was so wrong! You don’t find a lot of locals wearing their cowboy boots, except sometimes down on Broadway. Line dancing and two-stepping is almost non-existent! It’s probably what I miss the most. There are also fewer country artists and bands there so it’s a very close-knit community. There are more full band shows with up and coming artists instead of writers rounds."
Your new single “Fallin’ For It” is a female-driven anthem that can be very inspirational to women everywhere. With the rise in female artists in Country music, do you feel a sense of female pride and empowerment from this song? "I love that this song admits that she knows this guy is just feeding her lines and that it will probably continue in this cycle, but that she’s making the decision to fall for it because she WANTS to. She’s not dumb, she’s not stuck, she just likes how she feels with him. She likes feeling a little bit of the danger and the rush that comes from being with this guy. So many times women who end up in a relationship like this (me included, more than once) are assumed to be blind or like they don’t know what’s going on, but this song is like, “Yes, I’m completely aware but this is what I want right now.” And that’s empowering."
You’ve been on a stage basically your entire life, first performing as The Little Drummer Boy. Is the stage somewhere that you feel the most comfortable and somewhere that you can escape the world for a short period of time? "I think it’s actually the opposite for me. I feel most connected to the world when I’m on stage performing for an audience, especially when it’s my own music. Being able to share the human experience and see other people connect with it is so fulfilling for me. The stage is where I have more fun than anywhere else."
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