J.D. Danner is a New York girl who is very much in touch with her "redneck roots"... From her Andy Griffith Show collection to her Paula Dean cook book, J.D. loves all things southern. Her sound is where country meets rock: think Gretchen Wilson meets Melissa Etheridge... J.D. is more than a singer songwriter, she is an entertainer with a magnetic command of the stage and a true talent for drawing in an audience.
With a coveted status as a repeat performer at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, J.D. Danner is not just another girl with a guitar… Her music has been featured in military training films and performed by NFL cheerleaders on their own USO tours. She has performed on the 50 yard line at an NFL halftime show and has received awards from Fort Hood Army Base, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and the Disabled American Veterans for her music in support of our troops. J.D. is an artist with a mission to change the world through the power of music. In effort to do this she has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Disabled American Veterans and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach along with regularly touring to perform for our military and their families at bases in the U.S. and overseas.
So at the end of the day can a girl from Long Island, New York actually go country? She's already there... 'Nuff said y'all!
A Few Highlights:
JD's powerful tribute song to our troops called, "Thanks To The Brave" was chosen by the Fort Hood Army Base television station to be used in a variety of programs replacing Toby Keith’s “American Soldier”. The song was also performed by the NFL Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders on their USO tour. J.D. also performed that song during the halftime show for the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In keeping her commitment to the community, J.D. released two “singles for a cause”… First is titled, "A Brand New Angel" to benefit the American Cancer Society. She toured throughout Florida performing at Relay For Life events in support of that CD . The second song is "Shelter From The Shame" which touches the topic of domestic violence. The music video for this song earned J.D. an award from the Family Advocacy Program at Fort Hood Army base. Additionally her song, "Thanks To The Brave" was featured on the training video for that program.
J.D. was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution” award at Fort Hood army base located in Kileen, TX for performing "Shelter From The Shame" and speaking at the base for “Stand Down Day”. Stand Down Day is an event focusing on awareness and prevention of domestic violence in military families.
J.D. received the "Appreciation For Commitment and Devotion To Those Who Serve" award from Forgotten Soldiers Outreach for her performances and work with the organization. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach sends care packages to our troops overseas.
J.D.'s music hit the film industry when she caught the attention of filmmaker Jeffrey Poitier, nephew of legendary actor Sydney Poitier. Jeffrey featured an interview with J.D. along with live footage of J.D. and her band performing her song Almost Home in his documentary film titled, “VOICES”.
From 2009 - 2011 J.D. hosted her own radio talk show, ‘That’s Life!” on W4CY.com. She plans to renew the show sometime in the future with a Nashville based theme.
JD's "About Me"...
Okay, so here is some stuff that didn't make the "bio"... I am an insomniac - definitely a child of the night - I think most musicians are. I do not like eating dinner when it is still light out, I prefer moonlight to sunlight and I function much better after the sun goes down which is why I am often called a vampire. But that's okay because vampires are really popular now:) I never see TV shows when they are on prime time, however I do eventually catch them on late night reruns. I wish I could live in Mayberry and The Golden Girls are my friends inside the TV. Right now I am watching American Dad – gotta love Roger the alien!
I don’t cook, I tend to be a bit high strung and I am a terrible driver... So this is why I someday hope to have a personal chef, massage therapist and chauffeur. I am a complete germ freak. I love escaping to the movies - sometimes just for the popcorn (it never tastes the same at home). I have recently gotten addicted to Pretzel M&Ms and Starbucks Java Chip Frappachinos. I think Karen Carpenter had the most beautiful voice ever. My favorite classic movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life” because I believe in angels. My heroes are Jesus, my dad and our troops. Oh yeah -and Happy Meals actually make me happy.
If you are still reading this... you made my day :) Rock on my little friends!