Danielle French

Danielle French

 
Calgary, Alberta, CAN
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

What fans are saying about DRIVE:

- Love the sound, made me home sick for places I've never been

“Long Drive" transports you into exactly the state it's talking about! You can see the past smearing in the rearview window, the window rolled down, the winds of change in motion.

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Biography

Danielle French is a nomadic singer/songwriter based out of Calgary, Alberta. Her 4th CD DRIVE is a collection of driving, freedom and heartache songs inspired by her many years spent on the road touring throughout North America. DRIVE received radio play on campus, public and CBC radio across Canada and was listed at #5 in the Best Local Bets of 2012 in the Reno Gazette Journal. In 2012 and 2013 she toured 6 months of the year, mostly in the United States, in promotion of DRIVE.  

Danielle is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose music has been featured in film and TV. In her 15+ years as a recording artist and performer, she has worked with an impressive list of musicians such as Burton Cummings, Matthew Good, and Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), to name a few.

Currently Danielle is in the process of putting together a band of gypsy nomads who has been co-writing, collaborating and recording with at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin over the past year and a half. Danielle was invited by pat mAcdonald (Grammy-nominated songwriter, formerly of the band Timbuk3- he wrote "The Futures So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades) to attend a series of week-long
writing intensives where dozens of songwriters of varying genres (such as Eric McFadden, Victoria Williams, Ruby James etc..) to co-write, perform and record together in the on-site recording studio. Invited songwriters are housed at the motel and are paired through a random spin-the-bottle process. The Holiday Music Motel is co-owned in part by pat mAcdonald, Jackson Browne, Steve Hamilton (of Making Sausage Music in Milwaukee, WI) and is a fully operational motel in the heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay.


Danielle is also an award-winning filmmaker who has produced/directed three short films to her songs, which have been broadcast on Bravo! and have screened at film festivals around the world. She has co-written music for several theatre productions and
her artwork and photography have been featured in gallery shows in Calgary and Reno. In fact, her DRIVE
album cover is comprised entirely of Danielle's photography (yes, even the
self-portraits).

Lyrics

Time to Kill

Written By: Danielle French

We could meet down at the pier
If we both have time to kill
After dark no ones’ around
The ocean is our only sound

We could meet down at the fair
If we both have time to kill
At the ferris wheel at ten
Well go round and round again

Chorus:
We could meet up on the edge
Of the building on the ledge
We could stand there real still
If we both have time to kill

We could meet deep in the woods
If we both have time to kill
There beside the blackened tree
We could get down on our knees

We could meet at the motel
If we both have time to kill
Secretly, all clandestine
Have an affair in our minds

Chorus:
Lets meet under the streetlamp
In the fog all cold and damp
We could find out what is real
If we both have time to kill

We could meet and swallow pills
If we both have time to kill
One to make you taller then
One to make you small again

Lets meet at the funeral
If we both have time to kill
Dressed so serious in black
There would be no looking back

We could meet up in disguise
At the restaurant in the sky
Acting like we’ve only met
If we both have time to kill

We could meet, not say a word
If we both have time to kill
Silently well understand
Smile and take each others hand

Descending

Written By: Danielle French

Descending

now that we’re here
now that we believe this is real
now without fear
now that we know
now we’re exposed to the truth

for this one time only i will
raise up my voice

chorus:
cause we are descending
we are descending
we have descended

we are descending
we are descending
we have descended

lift up your head
lift up your worried heart
falling apart
with hands are closed
with eyes are open wide

for this one time only i will
raise up my voice

chorus:

bridge:
bring the silver
bring the gold
we have been answered now
we have been told

chorus:

now that we’re near
now we’ve released all our fears
now we can heal
with our pens poised
with our darkness alight

for this one time only i will
make my choice

chorus:

Drive

Written By: Danielle French

Don’t look back
Don’t look over your shoulder
Don’t look back at all
Keep you eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Look straight ahead
And Drive

Follow signposts
Stop for directions
Take in all the sights
There’s beauty in the barren
And all those city lights

Keep you eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Look straight ahead
Keep you eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Full speed ahead
And Drive

Stop for sunsets
Stop for sunrises
Take the scenic route
Take the road less traveled

Don’t look back
Don’t look over your shoulder
Don’t look back at all
Keep you eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Look straight ahead
Keep your eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Full speed ahead
Keep your eyes on the road
Eyes on the road
Look straight ahead and
Drive
Drive
Drive

Long Drive

Written By: Danielle French

Where did we go wrong?
You always knew me so well
Like the perfect song
Living here inside my head

I think it’s time for a change
Of scenery or something
I hear the open road
It’s calling me, calling my name

I need long drive
I need fresh start
I need a goodbye
I need a warm heart

Funny how things change
You’ve got it all figured out
Then it’s all rearranged
I’ve been thinking about the past
And how they say that the good things
Just never last

But I swear that I can feel
Things are looking up when I’m behind the wheel
I’ll leave the past behind
Who knows what the road will bring
Who know what I will find

I need long drive
I need fresh start
I need a goodbye
I need a warm heart

No, I’m not escaping
No I’m not just running away
No I’m not just fooling
Myself and no, there’s no one to blame

I need long drive
I need fresh start
I need a goodbye
I need a warm heart

I need a open road
That leads to nowhere
I need a big sky
I need some fresh air

Not My Lover

Written By: Danielle French

The sun is gone
The moon is gone
The stars are threatening to leave

I’ll sit here
In the dark
Until I can see

I won’t waste one more day
On what will never be

I’ll take a drink
Tell myself
That you are not my lover

The wind is howling
The rain comes down
And you are nowhere to be found

I’ll take shelter
From the storm
Imagine that I’m not alone

I won’t waste one more day
Trying to be seen

I’ll take a drink
Convince myself
That you are not my lover

Instrum

The skies are grey
The streets are grey
And the ocean too

I’ll stop wandering
Through this maze
Searching for the truth

I won’t waste one more day
Trying to get to you

I’ll take a drink
Remind myself
That you are not my lover

I’ll take a drink
Tell myself
The you are not my lover

I’ll take a drink
Convince myself
That you are not my lover

Harsh Reality

Written By: Danielle French

I was on a lifeboat
I was lost at sea
You made a promise
To rescue me

Chorus:
But I was only dreaming
Of what I wish would be
Guess I should just stop dreaming
And face reality

I was in a phone booth
I was out of change
Then out of nowhere
You called my name

Chorus:

I was in a corner
And I couldn’t see
You turned the light on
To undress me

Chorus:

I was at the station
I got off the train
You said you’d meet me
But you never came

Chorus:

I was on a streetcar
Going the wrong way
But you were there beside me
So I didn’t care

Chorus:

Last Goodbye

Written By: Danielle French,Andrea Wittgens,Vincent Gates, Vincent Gates

Black as this night without you
Black like my lover’s hair
Black like a raven at midnight
Black I can’t find you here

Deep like our love undying
Deep like an endless kiss
Deep as an ocean fathom
Deep the parting of your lips

Cold as this steel blue morning
Cold as a the church bells tolling
Cold as this truth unfolding
Cold as your skin to my touch

Sweet as I kiss your forehead
Sweet as I whisper softly
Sweet like the tears I cry
as I say the last goodbye

Take My Love

Written By: Danielle French,Greg Roteik,Elliot Goettelman, Elliot Goettelman

Razor’s edge and little deaths
Are bleeding into one
In the dark we found our spark
Our shadows become one

Break my heart
Or take my love
Break my heart
Or take my love

Comets tails all stars aligned
The future has begun
Together walking backwards
As we stare into the sun

Break my heart
Or take my love
Break my heart
Or take my love

If you’re going to break my heart
Then go on and do your stuff
But if you’re in for real then
Go on and take my love

Sticks and stones and broken bones
Are all likely outcomes
Baby’s breath and dragon’s tails
The circle’s come undone

Break my heart
Or take my love
Break my heart
Or take my love

Break my heart
Or take my love
Break my heart
Or take my love

It Must Be Roses

Written By: Danielle French,Charlie Cheney, Charlie Cheney

Sunflowers bring any room to life
Their petals turn to the sun
But if you want to make me your wife
Bring me roses, it must be roses

Roses, roses
Only roses will do
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses

Lillies are fine for you mothers grave
Respectful honest and true
But if you want to show me your love
Only roses will do

Roses, roses
Only roses will do
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses

Tulips are bright and cheerful
Perfect for mother’s day
But only roses will do my love
If my father is to give me away

Roses, roses
Only roses will do
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses

A daisy-chain for our flower girl
Carnation on your lapel
Irises for the bridesmaids
These are all fine and well

But I’ll carry roses, roses
Only roses will do
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses

Once we’re married, and you’re my groom
I’ll live with you til I die
When I die you’ll fill my room
With roses, only roses

Roses, roses
Only roses will do
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses
If you really love me
You’ll bring me roses, it must be roses

Set List

Danielle performs primarily original music (although she often throws in a Kate Bush, or Tom Waits cover for fun!). She performs in a wide variety of venues from folk festivals and opening act slots, to coffee houses, campus events, clubs and theatres. She has toured extensively over the past 15+ years throughout North America ~ three of which she lived out of her mint green, flowery-curtained Dodge Maxivan! Set lengths range from one to three 45 minutes.

Most recently, Danielle has been working with a full band in her live performances to enhance her performing opportunities and provide a rich texture to her material.