Brit Daniels is Nashville’s newest import prime to be the next pop sensation. Armed with a penchant for haunting hooks, organic chords, and deep-seated grooves, the singer penetrates the pop surface with a power for storytelling born out of times observing others. She is currently splitting her time between Nashville and L.A. and had a few minutes to catch up with Front Stage on what we can expect from the future pop star and on her new single “Eulogy.”
Do you mind giving us a short bio about yourself? I was born and raised in the DFW area of Texas. All throughout growing up, I was a cheerleader and involved in choir among other clubs and organizations. I went to the University of North Texas where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV, & Film. I interned in radio in Dallas and loved it so much, but I knew that pursuing music as my career was what I wanted to do. So, I made the move to Nashville where I interned at a record label and management company (in order to finish up credits for my degree) right when I arrived. I then worked in local radio until my music stuff picked up so much that I was forced to quit in order to have the flexibility I needed. Now I’m traveling back and forth between Nashville and LA while working collaborating with different people! I just released my new single, “Eulogy,” which I recorded in LA, and I’m currently working on a few new projects with people in both markets.
At what age did you write your first song? I started dabbling in writing when I was 15, but I hadn’t been through many life experiences yet to allow me to really feel the emotion needed to write a good song. My dad was killed in the line of duty as a police officer when I was 19, and I’d say that’s when I truly started writing. I had so many emotions built up inside of me that I had to get them out, so I started writing the first album that I ever released to the masses. Writing songs was really the only outlet I had to gather my thoughts and feelings, and I think that’s why writing has become so therapeutic to me.
As a songwriter what is your favorite song to write? Honestly, I love writing pop songs! I am a pop artist through and through, so writing pop songs is what I gravitate towards the most. If I’m writing with someone who’s of a different genre, sometimes that will swing a little bit, but I’m always going to have heavy pop influences in anything I write.
Did you have someone or something that inspired you to make a career in the music industry? I’d have to say my dad inspired me to make an actual career in the industry. He loved being a police officer, and that’s what he wanted to be ever since he was a young boy. That was taken away from him so soon, so he really did inspire me to go after what I love and what I’ve dreamt of doing since I was a young girl. He always encouraged me in music because he knew that it’s the one thing I was consistently passionate about.
Let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your music to someone who maybe hasn’t heard it before? I’ve been describing my music a lot lately as having Pop, Rock, and EDM influences all mixed into one. I think it can appeal to a lot of different people who like different styles. I’d say it’s kind of “power pop” because there’s a lot of powerful elements in the production that keep it from being your typical pop song, but it definitely still falls into the pop category stylistically.
Tell us about your recently released single “Eulogy.” What does the song mean to you? Eulogy is a breakup song that has a cool, dark pop vibe to it. It’s not a sad break up song, though- it’s an empowering one. It’s pretty much about having been with someone who wasn’t putting forth the effort that you deserved, and in knowing your worth, you let them go. The song is tailored around the last words you have to say to that person. I think this is a song that really anyone could relate to while thinking back to some point in their life- for me that situation has honestly happened more than once in my relationships. To me this song really is all about knowing who you are, what you deserve, and having the strength and the peace to be able to let that person go. It kind of brings closure to situations where I may not have gotten to talk to that person much to gain actual closure before.
Is this song an accurate reflection of what we can expect from your music going forward? I feel like there are always going to be subtle changes in everything I release, especially since I’m collaborating and writing with different people for future things. However, “Eulogy” is a very accurate overview of what my music is going to be like going forward.
Are there any other upcoming collaborations we can look forward to? Or anyone you would love to collaborate with? As far as upcoming collaborations, I’m working on a few different things with a few different people, but nothing that I’ve released any info about YET – all of these people are so wonderful and talented though, so naturally I’m really excited! Working on new stuff is always really exciting for me though! Oh man, if I could collaborate with anyone, I would love to collaborate with The Chainsmokers. I love how humble they are, and that they’re just doing what they love. They’re also so talented, and they are really on fire right now. So, I think that would be a really awesome experience.
Do you have any plans to tour in the U.S. anytime soon? I don’t have any plans to do a full tour in the US any time soon, but I am planning on setting up some new shows in the cities that I frequently visit – Nashville, LA, and maybe Dallas.
What advice would you give to anyone interested in being a singer? The first advice I’d give to anyone interested in being a singer would be to move to where it’s happening- Nashville, LA, or NY. There are so many people living in those cities doing what you’re trying to do, so you can’t really run the race with them if you aren’t in the cities where everything is happening musically. Also, I would tell them to just keep moving forward. There’s going to be a million and one things and people that are going to try to pull you back, but just keep your eye on the prize and do whatever you can to move forward, even if it’s the smallest thing.
Are there any other artists or albums you think we should absolutely look out for in 2017? I feel like there are so many awesome people releasing new music this year! I’d definitely say check out any pop artists that you hear of in Nashville because I’ve been hearing about a lot of people doing really cool things. Probably the most mainstream artist that I feel like is going to do some huge things this year would be Julia Michaels. I love her writing style, and she just released her new single, which is fire! I think she’s really going to be one to watch this year.
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About Brit Daniels:
Brit Daniels intertwines energetic pop with vibrant elements of rock and EDM to create a sound that completely encompasses everything about her. Born and raised just outside of Dallas, TX, her talent was solidified at the ripe old age of two when her mother caught her belting out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in their backyard. Daniels really began honing her craft and truly understanding herself as an artist when she began recording in local studios, performing in various talent shows and competitions and singing the National Anthem for several Texas Rangers baseball games. Daniels picked up her life after completing a degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas and an internship in radio to move her journey to Nashville to begin working at a major label and management company in order to learn how the business aspect of music works. Splitting her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Daniels has begun work on a new project with the help of producer Jordan Galvan who works with 30 Seconds to Mars and Evanescence, as well as Mike Malchicoff (Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, Fun), Dale Becker (Cam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Michelle Williams) and writers Phil Barton (Sara Evans, Cassadee Pope, Lee Brice), and Lindsay Rimes (Troye Sivan, The Summer Set, Drake White).
Music has always been the constant in Daniels’ life. From her mother putting headphones on her belly while pregnant with Daniels to her first instrument given to her by her father, she knew becoming a musician was her fate. But, when Daniels was a freshman in college, the unexpected happened and her father passed away due to injuries sustained from a car accident while he was on duty as a police officer. Through this experience, Daniels started refining who she was an artist and the stories she wanted to tell. Her first single, “Eulogy” shows that troubles you face can break you, but it’s up to you to move on, find the good, and see that you might be better off in life because of them. In her father’s death, Daniels found her strength and her passion ignited. Thriving on an outgoing and bubbly personality, she’s not afraid to dig deep and delve into anything that life throws her way.
“You start doing so much to fit in and be popular that suddenly standing out becomes the challenge. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, trust in what you love and focus on that.”