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Danielia Cotton, `Good Day` (Album artwork: David Calderly/Graphictherapy/Shore Fire Media)
Danielia Cotton, "Good Day" (Album artwork: David Calderly/Graphictherapy/Shore Fire Media)

Danielia Cotton releases soul-inspired new album 'Good Day'


Fri, Mar 18th 2022 04:25 pm

Today, multihyphenate singer/songwriter Danielia Cotton releases her new album, “Good Day.” The album is 11-tracks that take three decades of near misses, close chances, 40 feet from stardom, love, loss, and redemption through a blend of Motown, soul, gospel and rock 'n' roll.

A press release said, “This album marks Danielia’s long-awaited emergence in her own right.” 

Listen to “Good Day” here: LINK

Cotton’s team said, “With an unforgettable voice that’s been described by The New York Times as ‘soulful enough to fill a revival tent,’ Danielia’s versatility as an artist is on full display on ‘Good Day’ as she weaves her way in and out of genres. She masterfully melds gritty rock ‘n’ roll, blues, Motown and gospel into a gorgeous sonic tapestry: From the ’70s-inspired gospel anthem ‘Follow Me,’ to the soul-inspired choir ballad ‘A Different War,’ or the rollicking, bluegrass and alt-country title track, ‘Good Day’ lifts the spirits in a way that feels like a breath of fresh air after a long year.”

“Good Day” brings together an eclectic group of collaborators and all-star musicians, including B-52’s and Rolling Stones collaborator Charlie Drayton (drums), Matt Beck of Matchbox Twenty (guitar, keys), former Black Crowes bassist Andy Hess, Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” guitarist Kareem Devlin, Marc Copely (guitar) Jeff Cohen (lyrics) and rapper Mickey Factz. The 11 songs were wnder the direction of recent Grammy Award-winning producer Dave O'Donnell.

Again, Cotton’s team said, “Written during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Good Day’ serves as a beacon of hope amidst dark times, and a reminder to strive for a more joyous and equitable future. Thematically, ‘Good Day’ approaches some of America’s most pressing issues such as race and wealth disparity. Tracks like ‘A Different War’ see Danielia illustrating her experience as a biracial child in a mostly white town, fighting different battles than her white peers; while ‘Elysian Plains’ was written along with the acclaimed Jeff Cohen after both had suffered close family losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Good Day’ recycles the pain, loss and social upheaval of the past two years and transforms it into an album that’s both beautiful, uplifting and hopeful.” 

With the release of “Good Day,” Cotton has played a select few special performances, including a hometown show at New Jersey’s Hopewell Theater earlier this week. Gearing up for a strong and brighter 2022, Cotton said she’s excited and ready to hit the road to bring her rollicking new album to fans around the country

Cotton is no stranger to reinventing herself. Growing up in Hopewell, she was raised on a steady diet of classic rock behemoths such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Her exposure to other genres was limited until the age of 12, when her mother gifted her a guitar and she began singing in the choir. This was the zenith of Cotton’s journey into music; one from which she would never look back, developing a warm appreciation for jazz, gospel and beyond.

Cotton didn’t take any shortcuts, as her single mother stressed education and supported her attending Bennington College. She was one of the first of three generations in her family to attend college. After graduating, Cotton eventually found herself relocating to New York City, where she began her professional musical journey.

With a powerful first album that launched her career, “Small White Town,” Cotton was selected as an “Artist to Watch'' by WXPN out of Philadelphia.

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