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me, myself $ i

by Danielle French

Danielle's debut CD features an impressive cast of supporting musicians, including members of Spirit of the West, Blue Rodeo, and Sarah McLachlan's band. Fans of such differing artists as Jane Siberry, Jann Arden, and Sarah McLachlan would all enjoy it.
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1. Worthy
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2. Passing Time
3:58 $0.59
3. Don't Cry
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4. Scarlett Wishes
4:21 $0.59
5. Beacon/Passion
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6. Back in Your Arms
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7. Fields of Fire
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8. Rain Me Down
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9. Fallen Angel
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10. me, myself & i
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Album Notes
With the release of her independent debut CD, me, myself & i, in 1995, Danielle introduced herself as a poetic and introspective singer/songwriter whose style ranges from intimately accessible to strangely quirky to passionately aggressive. The contributing musicians and producers certainly make this CD an all-star project as Danielle had the pleasure of working with various members of Blue Rodeo and Spirit of the West as well as members of the Sarah McLachlan and Barney Bentall bands. The power of her poetic lyrics and the raw sincerity of her voice strike a deep chord with audiences and Danielle has forged her reputation opening for such artists as Holly Cole, the Barenaked Ladies, Burton Cummings, Mae Moore, Connie Kaldor, Melanie Doane, and Lawrence Gowan. Danielle has co-written with several noted songwriters such as Matthew Good, Annette Ducharme and Jenny Allen and her original material has been covered by both Jenny Allen and the Plaid Tongued Devils in their One Yellow Rabbit theatre rock opera co-production In Kleskavania.

Her second CD, Piece, took several years to complete and was finally released in 2003. A true labour of love, Piece was mixed at Alberta’s prestigious Banff Centre by John Sorensen (The Rolling Stones, Beck), Danielle’s collaborative cast on this project included noteworthy names like Burton Cummings (on the gloomy, doom-weighted duet “To the Death”), Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), Paul MacLeod (The Skydiggers) and Luke Doucet (Veal).
"danielle exhibits the qualities of energy and spirit that is present in her attitude and her songs that is a hallmark of some of the best Canadian songwriters and will distinguish her.
___Tom Cochrane

Career highlights to date include appearing on the hit CBC television show, Rita and Friends, being invited to perform at the Calgary leg of the Lilith Fair and, being nominated for an AMPIA award for "best song in a soundtrack". She has won several songwriting awards including the national Scott Liddle Award and a 'best song' award for Worthy (co-written with Matthew Good) in the 1995 Vancouvers' demolisten derby. She has completed two music videos (Scarlett Wishes and Worthy) which received light airplay on MUCHMusic.
"There is a wonderful singer out of Calgary named danielle french and I invited her to my show in Calgary just to personally tell her I think she has a great future..."
___Rita McNeil in an interview with the Prince George Free Press

Currently Danielle is hard at work on her third CD project with an anticipated release by the summer of 2006. Booking and managing herself, Danielle has toured extensively in both Canada and the United States in support of her independent releases. She has also toured with the Grrrls with Guitars project- a female songwriter showcase/compilation CD. Five of the artists featured on the CD compilation have been touring together, performing in a songwriter-in-the-round format, throughout southern BC and Alberta, including folk festival performances at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in and the Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife.



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French is a careful, melodic, and thoughtful songwriter – and a closely intima
Canada has produced some remarkably original women singer/songwriters, and this excellent debut – despite its indie status – may well auger the arrival of another. French is a careful, melodic, and thoughtful songwriter – and a closely intimate singer- and some of the material is perfectly radio-ready, especially Passing Time. Other songs, including Don't Cry (My Love), Scarlett Wishes, and Fallen Angel, deserve attention. Production and performance, by a sterling crew of Vancouver players, is up to major label standards. Fans of such differing artists as Jane Siberry, Jann Arden, and Sarah McLachlan would all enjoy this if they had the opportunity to be exposed to it.

Willamette Week

Like fellow Calgarian Jann Arden, french seems to home in on familiar melodies t
It in no way diminishes French’s originality to say that she compares favorably with Tori Amos. The singer has the ability to switch from a powerful melodic punch to a breathy purr without losing any of her technique or intensity. Like fellow Calgarian Jann Arden, french seems to home in on familiar melodies that no one else has discovered. On her debut CD, me, myself & i, the singer is joined by members of Blue Rodeo and Sarah McLachlan’s band to create atmospheric, personal music that deserves the attention of major U.S. labels.

Gordon’s Flash

(Danielle) is Tori Amos with a guitar
Absolutely gorgeous music. A new face on the Calgary scene, Danielle has already garnered accolades from fellow West Coast artists. Her debut album was created with the help of Sarah McLachlan’s band, members of Blue Rodeo and Spirit of the West, among a stellar cast of others. Danielle’s incredible voice and guitar work are wonderful, considering she started in music as a drummer! She is Tori Amos with a guitar, Tracey Chapman with a new lease on life. Her album’s title track, me, myself, & i, is a powerful, almost a cappella ghost of a song that brings Sinead O’Connor to mind too.

Tom Harrison, CFOX, Vancouver, BC

Danielle French introduces herself as a singer, writer and musician adept not only at finding the right balance between the mood and melody her songs require, but also that of the execution and intent.

West Coast Music Review

Although Danielle French will undoubtedly be compared to fellow Calgarian Jann Arden, it makes more sense to describe her ‘sound’ as music that Joni Mitchell might have made- had Mitchell emerged in the 90’s.

The Free Press, Prince George, B.C.

You can hear the person behind the songs.
Danielle French’s sublime indie debut sounds as progressive as Alanis Morrisette without the harshness. These are restless, cynical songs sung so innocently. French almost sounds homeless in these tableaus. You can hear the person behind the songs. (She) clearly has a huge future. Radio and record companies should be all over this.

The best tracks are Fields of Fire, Fallen Angel, and Worthy (co-written with Matthew Good) which is lush and intelligent. The album is called me, myself & i and sounds like a Mae Moore/Jann Arden cross...Go find it

Victoria Times Colonist

A discovery
Danielle French’s glossy debut CD me. myself & i, is reminiscent of Jane Siberry and Sarah McLachlan’s best work. A discovery