Described by the LA Times as bringing “a freshness to the soul-rock formula” with “a contagious fervor that is near irresistible,” songwriter, guitarist and powerhouse vocalist Danielia Cotton dug deep into classic Motown and Sly and the Family Stone to embrace her newfound optimism and self-acceptance.
Twelve years into an evolving career, Danielia’s latest album The Mystery of Me (December 1 / Cottontown) accomplishes the fully-realized R&B, soul and rock sound Cotton introduced on her 2005 acclaimed debut, Small White Town. On Saturday, December 16, Danielia will perform a special hometown show at the Off-Broadstreet Theater, 8pm. Tickets are available here. There are also tickets available for the VIP “meet and greet” at the Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn. For those details, see below.
“The dark spots will appear,” Danielia sings on the title track. “Just remember, you’re still here.” It’s a strikingly optimistic message, written after an incredibly difficult time. With her dedication to the piano taking Cotton to new creative heights, The Mystery of Me finds Danielia rising from the ashes of that tumultuous period and finding a new healthier perspective. “These days, I’m alright with the fact that there are a few mysteries to life, and to myself.”
It is telling that, after so many years, the Hopewell native raised by a family of blues and gospel vocalists, first picked up a guitar at age 12, released her debut album in 2005, and has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Greg Allman – is still looking for fresh ways to say hello to audiences. Though she’s constantly evolving as an artist, Cotton’s quick to point out that she’s always managed to remain herself.
“I believe I’ve maintained my integrity, so that’s a deep thing. It was the long route, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. Early on, I was given some great advice: ‘if it comes quick, it doesn’t last.’ If it’s a slow build, you’ll get there and you are much more likely to have longevity.”
The Mystery of Me will be out December 1. Catch Danielia and her band on the road throughout 2018.
*VIP tickets: VIP MEET & GREET event taking place at the Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn before the show at 6:00pm. Photo ops with the artist, a special gift and an acoustic performance you wont want to miss! Tickets to the VIP Meet and Greet are $25.00, with limited availability, a portion of which benefits the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. Reserve your spot via firstname.lastname@example.org