by Stephen Dafoe

It has been a few years since former Cardiff Echoes resident Danielle Marie sat on a stool playing guitar during a talent show at a Morinville coffee shop. Four years later and the country singer is an up-and-comer with more than 40,000 fans on Reverb Nation, an album with producer Tom McKillip under her belt and her name on four country music award nominations.

Now living in Vancouver, the singer/songwriter has been nominated for the BCCMA (British Columbia Country Music Association) Awards. She was nominated for Album of the Year for Here Right Now, the Fans Choice, Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Ray McAuley Horizon Award.

The performer said she is new to the BCCMA organization but has been welcomed with open arms. “It’s kind of a crazy feeling to see my name next to some of the artists that I’ve been looking up to for a while now,” she said. “I’m just happy to be nominated. I’m not going to be upset if I don’t win. Just to be nominated is crazy.”
Danielle Marie said she made it to the third round of balloting, originally having been nominated for five awards.
Voting closed Oct. 9 and the winners will be announced Oct. 25 at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, BC.

The honour is another notch for her career. Her recently released album Here Right Now hit number 25 on iTunes list of top country albums on the night it was released.
“Everything has been going really well, and my support system is great,” she said. “Everyone back home in Morinville has been awesome.”

The singer/songwriter will be back in the area Dec. 5 performing at the Starlight Room in Edmonton.
Tickets are $15 and details can be found on her website at daniellemariemusic.com/site/tour.

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