Visiting Artist Spotlight - Danielle Mohr
Visiting Artist Spotlight
Born and raised in Dunedin, FL and still calling the area (near Tampa) her home base, Danielle Mohr is quickly becoming a popular new pop-soul singer-songwriter throughout the state. Like so many great artists, she has taken to the road to help promote her music and unique style. She has been heard on the radio as a featured artist on Tampa Bay’s WMNF 88.5, including live music showcases for the station. Her live performance venues have included the 2,200-seat Ruth Eckard Hall in Clearwater, the Capitol Theater, and the Clearwater Jazz Festival.
When Danielle makes her debut in Saint Augustine, she will bring clever and thoughtful lyrics to originals, her own style on covers you will likely recognize, and a looping pedal which elevates her solo performances to another level.
Narrow asked her to describe her songwriting techniques, and how she best describes her music. She told us, “Writing songs is like doing a puzzle to me. It's fun to see how I can fit words and melodies together! My songwriting has also taken on a percussive approach since I incorporated a loop pedal into my live setup. Using the loop pedal is also a type of a puzzle to me as well, figuring out how to layer the tracks and create harmonies. My music is a mixture of pop, soul, and indie. I've never been great at labeling myself, but over the ten years of playing music, that's the best description I can come up with!”
Just about a year ago, Danielle released her debut CD, “Momentum,” produced by Randy Rockit Barr and engineered by Carl Carlson. The album was recorded in Nashville, and she tells us the backing talent she was able to record with blew her away. “All of the session players were so good, and brought the songs to life! I hadn't had a band prior to recording this project. I had just my guitar and my voice to explore the sounds of my songs. It was quite the experience to see the songs turn into a full production so fast. It's a diverse collection of songs, and a good first collection of songs to represent my style!”
Naming Sara Barielles and Ingrid Michaelson among relatable artists that have inspired her, Danielle also tells us she grew up with her parents and sister having her listen to acts like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. She explains, “I came to appreciate melodies and lyrics from the singer-songwriters I would listen to, but also rock out to the rock n' roll royalty my parents would expose me to. I got to explore writing more rock n' roll type songs once I got my band, HoneyWhat, together in June of 2017.” You can learn more about Danielle at her website, www.daniellemohrmusic.com.