In a music industry where the new talent turnaround is almost as constant and competitive as professional baseball, it can be tough to keep up with all the artists who now all have much larger means of exposure and discovery thanks to the Internet. One of the artists who continues to steadily grow and build her brand and fanbase is singer DaniLeigh, who just recently shared her latest single, “Life.” The recording artist from Los Angeles brings a lively and fun sound the R&B crossover genre which is dominating pop music at the moment. Over the last few years DaniLeigh, whose real name is Danielle Curiel, has released a handful of singles and EPs which seem to fit right into where popular music is headed, with seductive beats and catchy production work to match her sleek and confident feminist lyrical messages.
One of the big reasons why fans should make a point to catch a DaniLeigh show next time she’s in town is that her music just sounds good - it’s easy to enjoy and provides good energy for a night out. For those who may need more convincing, however, here are five more reasons to catch the rising artist in concert.
1. She’s got the backing from “Insecure’s” Issa Rae
HBO’s “Insecure” may only be two seasons in, but the popular show’s musical selection has helped in establishing itself as a vehicle for fantastic music to aid the storyline. Artists ranging from SZA to John Legend can be found on the Seasons 1 & 2 playlist found on Spotify, in addition to DaniLeigh’s own “Lurkin” off her 2017 Play EP. It’s worth noting that the track was also featured on the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It.”
2. She’s cut her teeth learning from the best - Prince
DaniLeigh as a recording artist may still be on the “Up-And-Coming” radar for most media outlets and fans, but she’s actually been doing the whole performing thing for a while now. She spent her teen years providing backup dancing for artists including Pharrell, Nelly Furtado and the late Prince, who even asked her write/direct/perform in his music video for “Breakfast Can Wait” when she was just 18-years-old.
3. She was born to entertain
As DaniLeigh explains, she’s had the desire to entertain her friends, family and fans since a young age. She’s most likely looking back on the decision to start performing as a good one, as it eventually led her to getting gigs dancing with Meghan Trainor, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee, just to name a few.
“I started dancing when I was twelve years old. I actually always sang as a little girl, but for some reason I was super shy to sing in front of anybody. I finally came out of my shell when I started doing covers and putting them out on YouTube when I was like 14.”
4. She has studied the loose and fun feel of 1990s R&B vibe down to a science
Like many 20-somethings around the U.S. these days, DaniLeigh’s musical taste was heavily influenced by her favorite artists, Aaliyah and Missy Elliott. The two artists were commercial powerhouses back in the 1990s with their unapologetic style and lyrics, which still motivate DaniLeigh to this day.
“I think my style is very 90’s driven. I am low-key stuck in the 90’s,” she admitted recently. “I go thrifting all the time just to find cool pieces because I don’t like to wear things you can find at a typical store.”
5. She’s an animal lover
Regardless of whether or not you’re into DaniLeigh’s music, there’s one thing that we can at least all agree on - which is her love for puppies. In a recent video interview (see above) Curiel admitted that she was obsessed with dogs as a kid. So much so that she even considered a career as a veterinarian before realizing that music and dancing were her true passions. While she may not be able to save the life of a kitten while performing, there’s always the chance of seeing some cute puppies at one of her shows.