There is a stillness that is only found right before civil twilight. Calming as ever and yet also bursting at the seams, it is here that we tend to find what we need. Indie-folk artist Danah Denice has found her source in those hours, pulling from that a vibrating stillness that seems to crackle throughout her music. And when you listen to her music, you know it and feel it. It is a woven tapestry of pure honesty.
After decades of performance and songwriting, it is clear that every aspect of her new record Light from a Dark Room reflects her devotion to that honesty. Her voice is like smoky velvet, weaving an agile density around lyrics that feel like a raw confessional we’ve all been holding onto. The nods to her influences - Carole King, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice, and Joni Mitchell - are found in both arrangement and word but above all else, Danah commits to creating a space that is hers and making sure it breathes. Whether it’s a swell of a cymbal, a bare grand piano, a filtered echo, or an acoustic guitar, it is all there to support this vulnerability.
Danah Denice has been able to honor her current successes by embracing her musical journey and all it has taught her. She began at an early age studying classical piano. Discovering a deeply rooted passion for jazz, soul, R&B, and folk, she was able to take those influences, her training and add her personal touch to her performance. It did not take long for audiences to be captivated by her talent.
Her songs have charted on college radio, spending 16 weeks on the CDX-Nashville Americana Charts (#160, debut #277) and 5 weeks on College Radio Charts (#106). She has opened up for various artists; and has built a loyal fanbase in the Mid-Atlantic that are moved by her raw, unapologetic performances. If you ask her how she thinks it all happened so fast, you’d get a modest shrug and reply, “People need honesty, and the permission to be vulnerable in order to start healing. It’s my responsibility as an artist to be the example, and facilitate that safe space for others.”
“This entire album is a testament to the fragility of life, and the importance of participating in this world with our entire being–no matter how painful at times.”
When considering how this album has been different from her previous, it is clear that Danah has embraced the twilight - that subtle glow that is just about to erupt through the darkness. She gives a voice to emotions and memories in a way that lets them dissipate into the air. And, most importantly, she leaves her audience with a reminder that they aren’t alone and they too can find light from a dark room.