Q&A: Danielia Cotton

Credit: Chia Messina
Credit: Chris Messina

I chatted with Danielia Cotton about her career and upcoming gig in Annapolis.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

In my early teens around 12 or 13 my mother gave me my fist guitar and “how to” book. I think that was the first time the idea of being a singer/musician seemed really tangible to me.

Q: What is your favorite song you’ve written and why?

That’s very hard to answer, as all my songs have a special place in heart. However, for the sake of this question, it would be a tie between, Shame, which I wrote with Kevin Salem and Sam Roberts or A Prayer, which came out of my new love for the piano. Shame – was my reaction to getting a glimpse of the elite and the price some pay for wealth and material things as if it could define them in some way. A Prayer was one of the first songs I wrote where I was very proud of the chord progression and that I was actually able to recycle my fears into a happy tune.

Q: Have you grown from your first album, “Small White Town”, to now?

Absolutely, the road has made me a better performer and time, life experience and the influence of other great performers, has changed my writing and taking it up a notch.

Q: What is your favorite part of performing live?

Hands down the audience. When they give back because they understand and relate to what I’m giving it’s Heaven. It’s a connection few get to experience in that way and it’s extraordinary.

Q: What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. They validate what I do and they are the blood/life source I need to do what I do.

Q: If you could duet with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

Prince and Bruce Springsteen

Q: Are you excited about your show here in Annapolis?

Very much so, That particular Rams Head Venue is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. It was where I played the day before I lost my twins and one of the very first memorable standing ovations I ever received.



Danielia will be headlining Rams Head Annapolis Thursday!

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