Raised on soul music and Motown records, Danielle Juhre was born to bring soul to the forefront of top 40's pop music, and she does. With precise vocal runs, powerhouse vocals, catchy melodies, and heartfelt lyrics, Juhre's voice stands out by a milestone and is instantly recognizable. Heavily influenced by Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and Mark Ronson, she explains how important it is for her to be authentic with her audience and share exactly what she's going through with every song she writes. With her very first single, "Does She Know?" placed on the 60th GRAMMY ballot for 'Best R&B Song' this was only the beginning for her as she was later featured on ABC 7 Chicago's Windy City Live, iHeartRadio, NewsyTV, and recently added to Siriusxm's "Velvet" alongside Adele, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Beyonce.
"Soul singer Danielle Juhre will remind you of Adele" - Windy City Live ABC 7 Chicago
"'You & I' is a strong and emotional piano ballad that takes the place of Adele and Lewis Capaldi" - Visual Atelier 8
Q&A WITH DANIELLE JUHRE
Q: HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR SOUND & WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
A: I grew up listening to soul music and was always heavily influenced by the Motown Era but didn't really find my sound until I attended Berklee College of Music. Attending Berklee changed everything for me and I was able to see what I was capable of and what it took to become the artist I had always dreamt of becoming. I have so many musical influences of all genres, but the artists I resonate most with are Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and Mark Ronson.
Q: WHO ARE SOME ARTISTS THAT YOU LISTEN TO THAT MAY SURPRISE YOUR LISTENERS?
A: Honestly, I spend more than half of my day listening to music and am inspired by so many artists of all genres. Some of my favorites are: The 1975, John Mayer, Lauv, Maren Morris, Thirdstory, Lennon Stella, The Shadowboxers, Panic! at the Disco, SAYGRACE, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, BJ The Chicago Kid, Emily King, YEBBA, Tove Lo, Alina Baraz, Kirk Franklin, Bon Iver, and Dua Lipa.
Q: WHO HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO COLLABORATE WITH?
A: Mark Ronson. The answer will always be Mark Ronson.
Q: WHERE ARE YOU FROM & WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WERE INVOLVED AS A CHILD THAT WAS OUTSIDE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
A: I was born in Chicago, grew up in Tampa, Florida and now I'm back in Chicago. I was actually heavily involved in television production when I was a kid and was the news reporter for my middle school's morning television station in Florida.
Q: WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO YOU AS AN ARTIST?
A: Authenticity and having a solid team. I've always been someone that goes into a writing and recording session the same way I'd go into a therapy session. I want anyone listening to my music to make a deep connection with it and resonate with it the same way I have. I've never wanted someone listening to me to feel like a fan but more like a friend. Having a strong bond with my listeners is so important to me and I want it to be real, authentic and genuine. Having a solid team is also very important to me. I'm incredibly selective as to who I work with because I really do call my team my family and I do have my parents heavily involved in my career as well. I have a very small but mighty team and I would be nothing without them.
Q: WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT WHEN IT COMES TO SEEING YOU PERFORM LIVE?
A: I know this sounds lofty, but when you see me live expect to hear me sound identical to my recordings. I put everything I have into my shows and although I do write sad songs, I really do come to my shows ready to have a good time haha I'll take you on an emotional roller coaster but I'll be with you every step of the way.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME WORDS OF INSPIRATION THAT YOU LIVE BY AND WHO IS SOMEONE THAT HAS CHANGED YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST?
A: "Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself" are words of inspiration that I live by. My vision of success is to walk into a room with my biggest influences and be on a first name basis with them. I want to inspire the ones that have inspired me. In April of 2019 I met Matt Legrand, who is now my cowriter, guitarist, and best friend. I truly believe that the music I write with Matt I could never write with anyone else. He brings out the best of me as a writer, artist, and performer and has forever changed my life.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST THINGS YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR MUSIC CAREER?
A: My list of dreams and aspirations are truly a mile long but here are some of the things I've been adamant about achieving: Collaborating with Mark Ronson, be on the cover of Billboard magazine, perform at the Soul Train Awards, perform live with a full piece orchestra, perform on BBC radio, perform for the children at St. Jude, record at Daptone Records, attend the Billboard Women In Music Event, Perform on Good Morning America and be a guest performer on SNL.