Danika Holmes

Danika Holmes

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Danika Holmes is a soulful pop singer/songwriter who has toured the US and UK and plays over 150 shows a year. You're guaranteed to walk out of a Danika show with an emotional experience you'll remember and cherish. Danika connects directly to her fans!

Biography

“Danika Holmes is a rising star in the heartland!” says Bill Sullivan of The Rock and Roll Report.  American Picker Mike Wolfe of The History Channel says, “She’s a true American talent… I couldn’t stop listening!”  Music critics agree that Danika is charming and energetic with a welcoming tone in her voice which is as gentle as a breeze. 

Holmes played over 120 shows around the US and UK in 2011 and will take the stage for another 160 shows in 2012.  At shows fans tell her how they can relate to her lyrics, which is exactly what she is hoping for.  “At first that was really scary for me.  I felt like I was standing on stage and unzipping my soul!” 

“Second Chances,” Danika’s debut album, was released in March of 2010.  The title track is a reflection of Danika’s dogmatic belief that everyone benefits from a second chance, or even a third, along life’s way.  Starting over with a music career was her second chance in life.  A fan favorite “Lock Me In Tonight” was made into Danika’s first music video and was released in June 2010. 

Danika’s follow up album “Living Your Dream” was recorded in Nashville, TN, and drops in early 2012.  This collection of songs offers an optimistic take on life.  While Danika’s debut album leaned more towards the folk scene, she takes it to the next level by adding in an edgy rock vibe complete with horns; a bold move for this singer/songwriter from Iowa. Holmes will be promoting her album via a national tour in March of 2012 and a European tour in June 2012.

Uniquely, "Living Your Dream" was fan funded in its entirety.  When Danika's fans began asking to hear her new music, she accepted the challenge by launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the recording of the album.  A rave response came in from over 150 backers around the world! Danika tweeted, "I'm grateful to everyone who took a few minutes out of their busy lives to pledge to our album project.  Hugs to you all!"  Fans who contributed to Danika’s 2nd album were given pre-release copies and are already declaring it a new favorite.     

While music has always been an important part of Danika’s life, it wasn’t always the main focus.  By the time she was 26 Danika was only a dissertation away from completing her PhD.  “In 2009 I ended up writing an album instead of a dissertation.  Now, I use everything I learned in my graduate studies to run my own business as an independent artist and entertainer, so it was time well spent!”  Once she made the decision to pursue music full time, she realized that as a songwriter, she was the one who could most passionately perform the message of her own songs. 

Danika grew up in a family of five kids.  She says, “I was a little rag-a-muffin who tromped around in hand me down clothes and spent every free minute building projects with my dad or creating something, anything, from fashions to songs and dances.”  Now more than ever, Danika is happy to be creating.  Her passion for music and her life experiences lend the inspiration for her songs that reverberate with hope. Onstage Danika delivers her tunes with extreme vibrance, both inspiring and entertaining.

Lyrics

Half As Strong As You

Written By: Danika Holmes, Paul Hamilton, Jeb Hart

Verse 1
Are you sleeping, do you know it’s me?
Can you feel my hand in yours, you’re the one I still adore
This disease is stealing you, you’re mostly unresponsive
But you’re still fighting, cause we’re not ready to say goodbye

Pre-Chorus
Don’t know if you can hear me, but I believe you can feel me
Just like I feel you, looking out for me

Chorus
Cause I’m going through some hard times, where I get pushed around
What would you say to me, tell me how it ought to be
You’ve always had all the answers, without you I can’t stand my ground
Now, I’m barely makin’ it through, I just wish that I was half as strong as you

Verse 2
What’s it like up there, do you hear my silent prayers?
Are you looking down right now, is that you up there in the clouds?
I brought you flowers, laid them above you
There’re your favorite colors , mostly red and some blue

Repeat Pre-Chorus
Repeat Chorus

Bridge
It’s been a few years since you’ve been gone
But what I’ve learned from you still lives on
In times like these, life takes me to my knees
That’s when I need you most, I wish you were here
I wish you were here with me

Repeat Chorus

Unlit Match

Written By: Danika Holmes, Paul Hamilton

Verse 1
She’s like a shy little child when she’s sittin there talking to you
But you never know what that little girl child will do
She got a strong confidence when you look her straight in the eye
But when she steps on stage you know that woman ain’t shy

Chorus
She’s like an unlit match, just waiting to burn
Just waiting to burn, just burn waiting to burn, burn, burn, just waiting to burn
Just waiting to burn, just waiting to burn

Verse 2
Almost failed out of school cause he couldn’t bother playing by rules
But he’s smarter than you think, and you know he’s nobody’s fool
Everybody got a question when he turns and flashes that smile
Cause he’s two steps ahead, knows what he’s worth inside

Repeat Chorus
He’s like an unlit match…

Verse 3
So what do you wanna do, what do you wanna try?
Are you afraid of your shadow, afraid that your dream might die
There’s only one thing that I know is true
You only get one chance, so now I’m telling you

Repeat Chorus
You’re like an unlit match…

Lock Me In Tonight

Written By: Danika Holmes, Paul Hamilton

Verse 1
If I go out tonight, I’ll find a man that’s right
A lonely soul won’t be hard to find, that’s just my kind
It’s been a hard few months, long time out of love
I’m barely getting through these lonely nights, I won’t win this fight

Chorus
So lock me in tonight, because I wanna be held tight
And if it’s two strong arms and a warm body, that’ll work just fine for me
If I leave my home, Oh I’m not coming back alone
Cause I’ve tried on my own and the pain won’t go
I’m better waking up alone, oh, ohh
So lock me in tonight

Verse 2
I made up my mind, poured this glass of wine
Took a bubble bath, fell in my robe, but then he called my phone
He said I’ll take you for a ride, show you a real good time
It’s was hard to think straight, I had to concentrate, cause “ooh” that boy is fine

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
What do I really want, I don’t even know
I don’t trust myself, to stay in control
It just isn’t right to be so lonely at night
All I really need, is someone to love me, love me

Repeat Chorus
So lock me in tonight, because I wanna be held tight
And if it’s two strong arms and a warm body, that’ll work just fine for me
If I leave my home, Oh I’m not coming back alone
Cause I’ve tried on my own and the pain won’t go
I’m better waking up alone, oh, ohh
So lock me in tonight, oh ohh
Lock me in tonight, oh ohh,
So lock me in tonight

You Make A Bad Day Good

Written By: Paul Hamilton and Danika Holmes

Verse 1
You know it’s been one of those days, when I feel like running away
I’m pushed up to my breaking point, nothing’s going my way
There’s no way that I can see, any good that’s coming to me
Then the angel in your face, shows me I’ll be all right

Chorus
You, you make a bad day good
You speak to me, slow and soft, we take a walk, and talk it out
You make bad day good
The way you hold me near, one kiss for every tear, you listen to my fears…you…you…

Verse 2
Whenever life’s dark and cold, I’m sure my grumbling can get real old
And even when I’ve said too much, you never push me away
Sometimes when I’m sad, it’s that silly face that makes me laugh
It’s a mystery to me, how you understand my needs

Repeat Chorus
You, you make a bad day good
You speak to me, slow and soft, we take a walk, and talk it out
You make bad day good
The way you hold me near, one kiss for every tear, you listen to my fears…you…you…
You make a bad day good

Annie May

Written By: Paul Hamilton, Danika Holmes, Drew Witherell

Verse 1
You were born in nineteen fourteen, year of our lord, same time as the great war
When you were just a child, skipping off to school, the world had just seen cars and airplanes
By the time you were thirteen the war had come and gone, just by chance, so had your first love
You said I do by twenty, then the bank came and took your home, so you headed west to the golden shore

Chorus
Tell me all about it Annie May
Tell me all the stories of your days
What you’ve seen in a lifetime… ohh Annie May

Verse 2
You had a boy and girl, with another on the way, just before Japan attacked our shores
Went to work in a factory , building weapons for the war, then your younger brother died on foreign soil
But you continued working, you were always the strong one, praying for your husband to come home
And when the bomb was dropped, in nineteen-forty five, you were just so thankful that he was alive

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3
Fought two more wars for freedom, but at home, not all were free, then someone spoke out loud “I have a dream”
You chose to stand up, against the ones who hate, chose to turn your back on those who segregate
You had your first grandchild, the same year Kennedy died, she brought peace and harmony to troubled times
Then in nineteen sixty nine, and one giant leap for mankind, tell me what were you thinking when we landed on the moon

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
There’s so much more you’ve witnessed in your time
If I could only step inside your mind
There was the Internet, the fall of the wall, nine eleven, two gulf wars
A black president, Annie, you’ve lived it all

Repeat Chorus
So would you, tell me all about it Annie May
Tell me all the stories of your days
What you see in a lifetime…
What you lived in a lifetime
What you’ve seen in your lifetime, ohh Annie May

If You Love Me, Just Say It

Written By: Paul Hamilton and Danika Holmes

Verse 1
I ain’t a girl who’ll kick her boot in the dirt oh no
If I got something to say, you’ll know
But when it comes down to you, I’m mixed up and confused
What’s a girl to do with a boy like you, I don’t know know no

What I gotta do to hear the words I love you
What’s it gonna take for this girl to hold your heart
Cause when we’re all alone, I know I’m your woman
But you never tell me so, help me understand, cause I don’t know no

Chorus
You keep saying how much you really like me
But I don’t want to be another friend
Cause I ain’t never kissed a friend like that, and that’s a fact
I wish that you would stop driving me crazy
Honey, If you love me, just say it

Verse 2
So what’s it gonna take for you to say “I love you”
Oh Baby, whadda ya want from me
I’ve shown you all my cards, you keep playing the joker
This ain’t funny no more, you avoiding the subject, don’t you know no

Bridge
Ahhh….Ahhh….just say so
Ahh h…Ahh…
Ahh…...Ahhh… just say so
What are you trying to do to me?

Chorus
You keep saying how much you really like me
But I don’t want to be another friend
Cause I ain’t never kissed a friend like that, and that’s a fact
I wish that you would stop driving me crazy
Honey, If you love me, just say it
I said honey if you love me, just say it

Sounds Like Goodbye

Written By: Danika Holmes and Paul Hamilton

Chorus
When did the words I love you lose their meaning with us
When did it turn into something we just say
Comes out as easy as “I’m fine” or “how you doing”
How come when you say I love you darling, it sounds like goodbye

Verse 1
You asked me how I was and I said “ fine”
But I couldn’t look you in the eye
We both knew it was a lie
Even though we gave it our best try

Repeat Chorus

Verse 2
You used to be my very best friend
But now I’m living with a stranger
How we laughed and dreamed for hours
Now all we have in common is the weather

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
Sounds like Goodbye
Goodbye
Sounds like goodbye
Goodbye
Oh baby, baby, baby, baby,

Chorus
When did the words I love you lose their meaning with us
When did it turn into something we just say
Comes out as easy as “I’m fine” or “how you doing”
How come when you say I love you darling, it sounds like goodbye

Time For A Change

Written By: Paul Hamilton and Danika Holmes

Verse 1
The sun was shining bright on the day
I packed up to leave, everything I used to know
And I, jumped in my car
And drove away, with a bittersweet goodbye

Chorus
Gone are the days, I could turn your head
And make you look my way
And though, separately, we both knew

Verse 2
I, I think I’ll change my hair
It’ll make me feel good, till I realize you’re not there
And I, I’ll cry for awhile
and drink a lot more, cause I’m gonna miss your sweet, sweet smile

Chorus
Gone are the days, I could turn your head
And make you look my way
And though, separately, we both knew
It’s time for a change

Verse 3
I, I got a new job
I’m meeting new friends, but it just don’t seem the same
And I, I wish you were here
To see the new me, cause I’m so much better now

Chorus
Gone are the days, I could turn your head
And make you look my way
Though, separately, we both knew
That love, would fade away, and leave a hole
Where it once stayed
So, we had to do, what was done
Cause it was time for a change

Pockets Full of Gold

Written By: Paul Hamilton and Danika Holmes

Verse 1
Times are bad, and money’s tight
People lost their confidence
Good men paying for the sins of just a few
Unlike all of them, I know what to do, cause I’ve got you

So don’t waste air on complications
If you want it right, then make the change
There’s so much more out there, than money
Since I have a choice, I’ll drink the milk and honey, with you

Chorus
Cause it don’t matter what we’ve been through
You and I, will live life high
Lookin’ forward to the good times
Live like kings and queens
Fill our pockets full of gold

Verse 2
So don’t you worry when times are hard
You know we’ll watch them come and go
You know there’s nothing out there that really makes me scared
As long as I know, you’re the one who cares, for me

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
There’s a part of me, flying free
Somewhere in the sky
If there comes a time, you part from me
I’ll meet you on the other side

Repeat Chorus
Cause it don’t matter what we’ve been through
You and I, will live life high
Lookin’ forward to the good times
Live like kings and queens
Fill our pockets full of gold
Ohh, we’ll live like kings and queens
And fill our pockets full of gold

Second Chances

Written By: Danika Holmes

Verse 1
Will I ever make it through one night
Will there ever be a night where I don’t cry
Will I get a second chance for love in this life
Or if love didn’t work was that my one and only try

Sometimes life’s not even close to what we’ve planned
And when the cards were dealt we got a nasty hand
Left with regrets and pondering how it went so wrong
So many “what ifs” they could fill another song

Chorus
Thank God for second chances
Cause without them we’d never make it through this
This life of hurt and pain, love and joy
Thank God for starting over
Leaving the past behind, don’t look over your shoulder
We learn from what went wrong, then move on
I thank God for letting me, love again

Verse 2
Sometimes a second chance won’t be enough
So if it takes a third it’s ok, just don’t give up
And starting over, it can sure be tough
But heartbreak is better than a life with no love

Repeat Chorus
Thank God for second chances
Cause without them we’d never make it through this
This life of hurt and pain, love and joy
Thank God for starting over
Leaving the past behind, don’t look over your shoulder
We learn from what went wrong, then move on
I thank God for letting me, love again
I thank God for letting me, love again

Dear Friends

Written By: Danika Holmes and Paul Hamilton

Verse 1
Some go way back, some not too long
So many friends, to sing about in one song
So many loved ones, who’ve managed to stay
So many tears, that only they can wipe away so

Chorus
Here’s to my friends, who stick by my side
And to my family, you’ve all saved my life
And I wanna thank you, for showing you care
When it’s your turn, you know I’ll be there
Sing with me la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
This songs you dear friends

Verse 2
When life was boo hoo, you made it yay
Spoon fed me soup, and made me chocolate cake
Got me outta bed, helped me face the day
Pat me on my back, and send me on my way, so I say

Chorus
Here’s to my friends, who stick by my side
And to my family, you’ve all saved my life
And I wanna thank you, for showing you care
When it’s your turn, you know I’ll be there
So, here’s to my friends, who stick by my side
And to my family, you’ve all saved my life
And I wanna thank you, for showing you care
When it’s your turn, you know I’ll be there
Sing with me la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
la da da da da, da, la da da
da da da
So here’s to you dear friends
This songs for you dear friends

Discography

2nd Album: Living Your Dream- Release Date: March 6, 2012

Debut Album: Second Chances- Release Date May 15, 2010

1. Half As Strong As You (3:55)
2. Unlit Match (3:02)- received podcast feature
3. You Make A Bad Day Good (4:25)
4. Annie May (5:51)
5. Lock Me in Tonight (3:53) Received Radio Airplay
6. If You Love Me, Just Say It (2:34) Received Radio Airplay
7. Sounds Like Goodbye (3:59)
8. Time for a Change (4:30)
9. Pockets Full of Gold (3:37) Received Radio Airplay and podcast feature
10. Second Chances (3:01) Received Radio Airplay
Bonus Track: Dear Friends (2:28)

*Lock Me In Tonight, Unlit Match, Half As Strong As You, Pockets Full of Gold and Second Chances have all received airplay on independent radio stations, internet radio stations or have been featured in podcasts.

Set List

Danika Holmes (acoustic duo or full band) has 90 minutes of original material and can perform up to three sets mixing originals and cover songs.

Sample of Originals:
Time for a change
Half as strong as you
Dear friends
Lock me in tonight
Annie may
Bluebird
Second chances
Living your dream
Pockets full of gold
Unlit Match
If you love me just say it
Sounds like goodbye
You make a bad day good

Sample of Covers:
Fallin for you
Wide open spaces
Son of a Preacherman
Take a bow
Pour me
It happens
Put your records on
Many the miles
Battlefield
What hurts the most
The way I am
Oh Darling