Dani Wilde is well-known to BIMM Brighton undergraduates as one of their college Vocal Tutors, and she’s well-known to Blues fans the world over too as the singer-songwriter-guitarist with three Number One singles in the Blues Music iTunes chart and a stack of impressive live dates behind her.
Dani now has a new accolade to add to her collection, as winner of the ‘Best Female Vocalist’ prize at this year’s British Blues Awards. Dani took the title home ahead of the five other finalists in the annual award, sponsored by the Digital Blues radio station.
Dani has been writing and performing music since childhood, taking early influence from her Dad’s collection of Motown and Stax records, and later expanding her listening to take in country and folk as well as soul and blues, with influences ranging from Patsy Cline and Joni Mitchell, to Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker.
Dani has opened for Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall and in 2008 released her debut album Heal My Blues in 2008, with the follow-up Shine coming in 2011. Dani has also had chart success in the European Country Music Charts as a result of her crossover sound and appeal.
Dani spoke about her recent award:
“Us musicians are all just fulfilling our need to express our deeper selves, and when you guys relate to our songs and are moved by our performances then that’s a magical feeling for us. That’s why I’m honoured to have been awarded ‘Best Female Vocalist’ this year. It’s great to have shared my music and emotions with you all.”
Between teaching and performing – and winning awards! – Dani also writes a regular column for Blues Magazine. Her ‘Best Female Vocalist’ prize should ensure a whole new audience for her music and you can keep up with her touring schedule at her website here.