Danielle Hutchins

What​ ​would​ ​you​ ​be​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​sacrifice​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​something​ ​you’re​ ​passionate​ ​about? Emerging​ ​Christian​ ​Inspirational​ ​artist’s,​ ​Danielle​ ​Hutchins,​ ​single​ ​“Shooting​ ​Star”​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on her​ ​dream​ ​that​ ​she​ ​endlessly​ ​pushed​ ​towards​ ​despite​ ​many​ ​obstacles​ ​and​ ​sacrifices​ ​along​ ​the way. ​“Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​wanted​ ​something​ ​so​ ​bad​ ​to​ ​live​ ​a​ ​different​ ​life​ ​than​ ​you​ ​have,​ ​you​ ​close​ ​your eyes​ ​hoping​ ​you​ ​get​ ​that​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​wish​ ​your​ ​dreams​ ​into​ ​reality​ ​don’t​ ​miss​ ​your​ ​one​ ​chance”
Her​ ​debut​ ​EP​ ​“Perception”​ ​is​ ​a​ ​story​ ​based​ ​on​ ​her​ ​experiences​ ​in​ l​​ ife,​ ​family,​ ​church,​ ​friends, and​ ​God.​ ​​Perception​ ​​is​ ​geared​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​difficulties​ ​that​ ​one​ ​can​ ​encounter​ ​and​ ​struggling​ ​to stay​ ​positive​ ​despite​ ​one’s​ ​faith,​ ​or​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​their​ ​church.​ ​The​ ​EP​ ​gives​ ​listeners​ ​a glimpse​ ​of​ ​her​ ​heart​ ​on​ ​the​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​the​ ​church​ ​verses​ ​chasing​ ​your​ ​dream.​ ​At​ ​times​ ​when​ ​life’s circumstances​ ​are​ ​really​ ​testing​ ​a​ ​person,​ ​addressing​ ​them,​ ​talking​ ​through​ ​them​ ​and leveraging​ ​the​ ​Church​ ​is​ ​what​ ​many​ ​lean​ ​on.​ ​In​ ​doing​ ​so,​ ​Danielle​ ​has​ ​felt​ ​reassured​ ​and supported​ ​by​ ​her​ ​Church​ ​family,​ ​but​ ​there​ ​have​ ​been​ ​times​ ​of​ ​frustration​ ​where​ ​the​ ​community tends​ ​to​ ​“sweep​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​issues​ ​under​ ​the​ ​rug​ ​and​ ​still​ ​shout​ ​&​ ​dance​ ​as​ ​if​ ​the​ ​other​ ​person​ ​is​ ​not hurting.”​ ​She​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​this​ ​as​ ​the​ ​”mirror​ ​effect”​ ​-​ ​“we​ ​see​ ​what’s​ ​wrong​ ​with​ ​us,​ ​but​ ​we sometimes​ ​cover​ ​it​ ​up​ ​with​ ​smiles​ ​and​ ​laughs.”​ ​Her​ ​love​ ​and​ ​dedication​ ​to​ ​Church​ ​is​ ​a​ ​priority​ ​in her​ ​life,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​deeper​ ​focus​ ​is​ ​what​ ​lies​ ​within​ ​her. With​ ​this​ ​project,​ ​Danielle’s​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​people​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​their​ ​dreams​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​life’s circumstances,​ ​inner​ ​thoughts​ ​or​ ​challenges​ ​whether​ ​those​ ​obstacles​ ​are​ ​dealt​ ​with​ ​and managed​ ​individually,​ ​or​ ​with​ ​group​ ​support​ ​and​ ​resources. When​ ​writing​ ​the​ ​Shooting​ ​Star,​ ​she​ ​imagined​ ​herself​ ​lying​ ​outside​ ​under​ ​the​ ​dark​ ​sky​ ​with bright​ ​stars​ ​up​ ​above,​ ​picturing​ ​herself​ ​performing​ ​on​ ​stages.​ ​Yet​ ​a​ ​prominent​ ​lyric​ ​that​ ​she included​ ​was​ ​based​ ​on​ ​her​ ​reality,​ ​“I​ ​just​ ​remembered​ ​my​ ​rent​ ​is​ ​6​ ​days​ ​late.”​ ​Life​ ​beyond​ ​her hometown​ ​was​ ​bringing​ ​on​ ​challenges​ ​she​ ​couldn’t​ ​have​ ​imagined. Born​ ​in​ ​Tacoma​ ​WA,​ ​and​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​Augusta,​ ​GA,​ ​Danielle​ ​discovered​ ​her​ ​musical​ ​talent​ ​at​ ​the young​ ​age​ ​of​ ​ten.​ ​Her​ ​mother’s​ ​encouragement​ ​for​ ​singing​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​in​ ​tandem​ ​with​ ​her​ ​late- Great​ ​Uncle,​ ​Alvin​ ​Young’s,​ ​guidance​ ​on​ ​rapping,​ ​helped​ ​Danielle​ ​find​ ​her​ ​greatest​ ​interest.​ ​At the​ ​young​ ​age​ ​of​ ​17,​ ​she​ ​locked​ ​in​ ​her​ ​passion​ ​of​ ​pursuing​ ​a​ ​career​ ​as​ ​a​ ​solo​ ​artist. After​ ​being​ ​offered​ ​what​ ​was​ ​an​ ​artist’s​ ​dream​ ​of​ ​attending​ ​a​ ​high​ ​profile​ ​Music​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Los Angele​s,​ ​Danielle​ ​had​ ​to​ ​decline​ ​t​he​ ​offer​ ​due​ ​to​ ​financial​ ​limitations.​ ​Her​ ​persistence​ ​to​ ​take​ ​her knowledge​ ​and​ ​skill​ ​set​ ​to​ ​the​ ​next​ ​level​ ​didn’t​ ​slow​ ​her​ ​down,​ ​and​ ​she​ ​made​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​to move​ ​to​ ​St.​ ​Paul,​ ​Minnesota​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​McNally​ ​Smith​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Music. “I​ ​came​ ​here​ ​and​ ​thought,​ ​I’m​ ​about​ ​to​ ​be​ ​this​ ​huge​ ​star…I’m​ ​going​ ​to​ ​make​ ​it​ ​BIG”..and​ ​then​ ​everything​ ​just​ ​crumbled​ ​around​ ​her.​ ​Her​ ​financial​ ​difficulties​ ​caught​ ​up​ ​with​ ​her​ ​“ever forward”​ ​mentality,​ ​and​ ​Danielle​ ​was​ ​left​ ​with​ ​no​ ​income,​ ​no​ ​job​ ​and​ ​was​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​the​ ​point​ ​of withdrawing​ ​from​ ​school.​ ​Her​ ​feeling​ ​of​ ​defeat​ ​may​ ​have​ ​left​ ​her​ ​deflated​ ​and​ ​discouraged,​ ​but the​ ​fire​ ​burning​ ​within​ ​her​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​her​ ​music​ ​career​ ​prevailed. Danielle​ ​chose​ ​to​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​the​ ​higher​ ​power​ ​and​ ​persevere.​ ​Through​ ​her​ ​strong​ ​faith​ ​and supportive​ ​community,​ ​Danielle​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​dedicate​ ​her​ ​positivity​ ​and​ ​high​ ​energy​ ​to​ ​complete her​ ​EP. Along​ ​the​ ​way,​ ​her​ ​work​ ​was​ ​acknowledged​ ​through​ ​several​ ​accolades.​ ​She​ ​became​ ​a semi-finalist​ ​in​ ​2015​ ​at​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Songwriting​ ​Competition.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​submitted​ ​her​ ​work to​ ​the​ ​contest​ ​online,​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​found​ ​herself​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​only​ ​10%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​18,500​ ​semifinalists who​ ​had​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​compete​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​prestigious​ ​judges​ ​including​ ​India​ ​Arie,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley, Fat​ ​Joe,​ ​Tom​ ​Watts. In​ ​February​ ​2016,​ ​Danielle​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​a​ ​Music​ ​label​ ​webinar​ ​through​ ​PN​ ​Promotions compiled​ ​of​ ​indie​ ​artists​ ​via​ ​video​ ​conference​ ​to​ ​play​ ​her​ ​song​ ​”Let​ ​me​ ​breathe.”​ ​The​ ​single​ ​was heard​ ​by​ ​Thomas​ ​Lytle​ ​(former​ ​Vice​ ​President​ ​of​ ​Def​ ​Jam​ ​records),​ ​who​ ​generously​ ​shared great​ ​feedback​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​as​ ​an​ ​independent​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​building​ ​her​ ​brand.​ ​Out of​ ​six​ ​indie​ ​artists,​ ​PN​ ​promotions​ ​featured​ ​Danielle​ ​on​ ​their​ ​website​ ​under​ ​the​ ​artist​ ​spotlight section,
In​ ​October​ ​2016,​ ​Exposed​ ​Vocals​ ​wrote​ ​a​ ​music​ ​review​ ​on​ ​the​ ​same​ ​single​ ​highlighted​ ​by​ ​PN Promotions​ ​(Let​ ​Me​ ​Breathe)​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​an​ ​interview​ ​with​ ​Kyle​ ​Williams.​ ​Her​ ​hit​ ​single​ ​was also​ ​played​ ​on​ ​KISS​ ​104.7​ ​FM.

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