Even though country music came a bit later, Daniels fell in love with performing young, at her first talent show to be exact. "Something about the transfer of energy between an audience and myself is addictive for me," said Daniels. Although she describes her sound as country/pop, when she's playing live, "it probably leans more towards country/rock!" said Daniels. "It's honest music, songs about the ups and downs of life & relationships.
The process of putting together her debut album was a difficult, but rewarding process. "I spent a lot of time writing for this album in Toronto and in Nashville," said Daniels. "I really wanted to take the time to collect the best songs." Her and her team ended up with around 40 songs to chose from and they narrowed that list down to 10 tracks. "It was tough," she said, "but with the help of my management team, friends and family we were able to mostly all agree on the final 10!
"Go Back" was the first single off of What it Feels Like, and also her first Top 20 radio hit. "It's about sticking up for yourself and what you have," she said. It's one of the highlights of her debut record, and quite representative of the sound and vibe of her debut album. If you haven't heard of Daniels until now, this is the song of hers that she recommends you listen to first.
As for women of country, Daniels said, "I think the music scene is getting better as far as male to female ratios go." But her advice for other up and coming women? "Be true to yourself! There are going to be a lot of people that think they know what's best for you, or what you should sound like and they may be right, but you have to have the confidence and self-awareness to choose what is right for you in that moment," she said. "Trust your gut."
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