Grammy Nominated Musician Danielle Nicole Releases New Album

Article Contributed by Devious Planet | Published on Saturday, January 27, 2024

Danielle Nicole is pleased to announce the release of her new album, The Love You Bleed, via Forty Below Records.

The Love You Bleed was produced by Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, Robert Cray) and co-produced by Nicole, with John Porter (B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bryan Ferry) mixing. The tight-knit quartet on the songs features Danielle on bass guitar and vocals; Brandon Miller (electric, acoustic, pedal steel, mandolin, and 12-string guitar), Damon Parker (keyboards); Go-Go Ray (drums), and Stevie Blacke (violin and cello).

At the beginning of the The Love You Bleed recording sessions; Danielle Nicole knew this new album would be different from those in the past. "Maybe that's because over half the songs are about falling in love and not falling through the destruction of it," she says. The album is full of love, loss, will, determination, and all the other things that go together with love. "Make Love" is about consciously pushing past the pain, choosing love, family, and community in life's difficult moments. It uplifts the message of love and togetherness in the face of hardship." "How Did We Get to Goodbye" with its raw and honest lyrics, document a soured love that bears no hero or villain, asking how you get to such a place of disrepair without even knowing it. And "Love On My Brain", is a potent hybrid of vintage R&B and driving blues, begins as a flirty feeling inside and turns to an overpowering need and deep desire. Right By Your Side is a vintage soul/R&B ballad about never making the mistake of watching "the one" walk away again.

The Love You Bleed gives Nicole a solid place that music has always provided in dealing with love and loss. "It's been a difficult relationship listening to music outside of professional reasons since the passing of my brother Kris," she says. "But just being honest in my writing and direction, I find when I'm the truest to myself, that's when the magic happens. Not trying to find perfection in it so much, but engulfing myself in every moment and being there with the audience is when fun things can happen inside and out." Many of those feelings are captured in all the songs on the album.

There is a powerful sense of self in The Love You Bleed, taking the new songs to the place Nicole envisioned they could go. "I want to consciously move forward in the natural evolution of my songwriting and singing," she says. And as I grow as a person, a woman, a mother."

Hailing from Kansas Ciity, MO, Danielle was initially influenced by her parents and recalls seeing her father playing blues guitar and her mother singing with the group Little Eva & The Works. She formed Trampled Under Foot, a popular Midwest band, with her two brothers. Her solo career took off with the release of Wolf Den (2015), which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Blues charts and amassed 7.5 million Spotify streams. Cry No More (2018) debuted at #1 in the Billboard Blues Charts and was nominated for a Grammy. It also amassed over 10 million Spotify streams.

Nicole has been inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and the South Canada Blues Hall of Fame. In addition, she has received seven Blues Music Awards. She recently did a duet with Dion on the upcoming song "I Aim To Please" and recorded the opening track in the forthcoming Peter Hutchings film "Which Brings Me To You."

    Love on My Brain
    Make Love
    Right By Your Side
    How Did We Get To Goodbye
    Head Down Low
    A Lover Is Forever
    Say You’ll Stay
    Fool’s Gold
    Walk On By
    Who He Thinks You Are
    Love On The Hill