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Danielia Cotton

A powerful vocalist and songwriter whose music combines elements of blues, jazz, rock, R&B, and gospel, Danielia Cotton was born on September 24, 1967. Cotton's mother, Wenonah Brooks, was a jazz singer, as were two of her aunts, Jeannie Brooks and Carol Brooks-Meyners. Cotton's father was not a presence in her life, and she grew up in the small town of Hopewell, New Jersey, where she was one of only seven African-American students at Hopewell Valley Central High School. At the age of 12, Cotton began playing guitar, and she joined her mother and aunts in a gospel vocal group called the Brooks Ensemble Plus. At home, Cotton absorbed her mother's love for jazz and gospel, while at school she picked up an appreciation for hard rock bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest, and she'd later discover black rockers like Lenny Kravitz and Living Colour. Cotton would go on to attend the New Jersey School of Performing Arts, and after graduating, she earned a full scholarship to study music at Vermont's Bennington College. Cotton would also study at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and she credits her study of acting as making her a stronger singer. After completing her studies, Cotton settled in New York City, where she began making a name for herself on the city's club scene. In 2004, Cotton released her first recording, a six-song EP for Hip Shake Records. Cotton became friendly with Kevin Salem, a producer and multi-instrumentalist who'd worked with Marc Anthony Thompson's project Chocolate Genius, and Salem produced her first full-length album, 2005's Small White Town (the title referring to her childhood in Hopewell). When Philadelphia's WXPN-FM declared Cotton was an artist to watch, she discovered she had a growing fan following in Philly, and left New York to move there. After Small White Town ran its course, Cotton cut ties with Hip Shake Records and she released 2008's Rare Child on her own Cotton Town label. An EP recorded live in concert, Live Child, followed in 2009. Cotton reunited in the studio with Kevin Salem to record 2012's The Gun in Your Hand. In 2014, Cotton introduced an album of tunes made famous by other artists, The Real Book, with the song selection ranging from the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." That same year saw the release of Woodstock, a six-song EP recorded live in a studio in Woodstock, New York, the town Cotton now called home. In the spring of 2016, Cotton released a pair of digital singles, "A Prayer" and "Afraid to Burn." ~ Mark Deming
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Danielia Cotton

    Modern Blues

    Modern Blues
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Albums by
Danielia Cotton

Top Songs by
Danielia Cotton

  1.   Song
  2.   Devil in Disguise
  3.   Make U Move
  4.   Rare Child
  5.   Deep Dark Love
  6.   It's Only Life
  7.   Take My Heart
  8.   Gorilla
  9.   Strange Fruit
  10.   Torrent Bay
  11.   Bang My Drum
  12.   Today
  13.   Pride
  14.   Bridge Over Troubled Water
  15.   Sideways
  16.   Hope She'll Be Happier
  17.   The Daily Mail
  18.   Gimme Shelter
  19.   Watch Me Bleed
  20.   Easy
  21.   Save Me
  22.   Lighthouse Keeper
  23.   Bound
  24.   Dark Desire
  25.   Righteous People
  26.   Testify
  27.   JC I Try
  28.   Shame
  29.   Try
  30.   Let It Ride
  31.   Can't Find My Way Home
  32.   Respect Yourself
  33.   Every Little Bit
  34.   This Will Be Our Year
  35.   Long Days On
  36.   Throw it Away
  37.   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  38.   Fast
  39.   Boy Blue
  40.   They Won't Go When I Go
  41.   Found Another
  42.   The Only Reason
  43.   Purple Rain
  44.   4 a Ride
  45.   Running
  46.   Chains
  47.   Didn't U
  48.   Smile
  49.   Mountain Church Road

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