- Self Titled
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
labeled as one of the sexiest women in modern country music.
There’s no doubting that. A peep at her popular internet
Myspace page shows the click and visit brigade are in the
hundreds of thousands. And if further conformation’s needed of
her overall public pull, she’s just had ring tones to her
latest songs made available for the mobile savvy. She’s a CMT
regular, and these days she’s opening shows for Brad Paisley.
Not bad, considering her self-titled release is only a debut
effort. But then, this is Danielle Peck.
Peck, born in
Jacksonville NC and the daughter of a U.S. Marine, has always
had the music in her. The stories tell how, as a kid under 10,
she wrote her first song completing the fantasy with cassette
labels reading Danielle Peck Records. The music bug bit and she
trudged the worn path of church choir, local bands at 16, with
regional fairs and shows as the deciding push to try her luck in
Nashville a few years later. Her determination, now well
rewarded with a label signing, saw her having to wait tables to
fund the dream, and along the way lose an initial signing to
DreamWorks when a planned album faltered in the path of a
takeover with Universal. Trying times for a singer who balanced
her night-time table waiting and the long hours required, with
her passion, song writing.
As she reveals at
her website: "I'd wake up at 8 in the morning, go and write
songs until 2 in the afternoon, change clothes, work the
restaurant until 2 or 3 in the morning, get up early the next
morning and do it again. "I became a Starbucks addict but I
was having the time of my life! I was in Nashville, meeting
people, starting to write with some great writers, I was loving
every minute of it."
comes over on her mostly co-written 11 tracker, out now on Big
Machine Records. With stylish vocals, not unlike Canada’s main
export, Shania Twain, on first hearing, Peck knows how to be
soft, tender and tough, and at the same time deliver a top class
album that doesn’t sink under its commercially orientated
weight. This is a record for radio. This is a record for fans,
those who like their bop and pop with some lyrical meat.
The album kicks
into high gear with the problematic female whinge of every
decade –“Finding A Good Man”. With a lyrical bucket of
Corona and enough stories to last all night, Peck shares the
misery of every modern Miss: the inability to snare a guy
who’s honest and open, not a liar, cheater or a cold
mistreater. Love’s rocky and emotional road also comes well
charted on Fallin’ Apart” and “Only The Lonely Talkin’.
More dash and spirited honesty hits the cardio region with a
tune sure to be a female favorite, the payback “Sucks To Be
You”. A smoldering make-up, often the stuff of troubled
relationships I’m told, comes in the hot, hot “Kiss You On
The Mouth”. “Honky-Tonk Time” shares the frankness of realizing
plenty comes with accepting the here and now, while
“Isn’t That Everything” is another album example of fine
voice and style.
of her music, “"Everything comes down to being
real," Peck says. ”Every song I do reflects something I've
been through or something I've felt. My songs are my journals.
Whatever I feel at the moment, whatever emotion I'm going
through, is what I write about. When it's time to sing those
songs, whether it's on stage or in the studio, those feelings
are right there."
Here at CSO, we
don’t need any convincing.
A value-add to
the CD is a DVD. For play on your computer, the DVD shows Peck
giving us a close and personal rendition of “I Don’t”.
Further visual delights come with grabs from her CMT Studio 330
performance. She’s labeled as one of the sexist women in
modern county music – the DVD proves it. .
She’s talented. She’s modern country. Like the last track
tells us, she’s “Somebody For You”. Definitely.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
Findin' A Good Man
2. Isn't That Everything
3. Kiss You On The Mouth
4. Fallin' Apart
5. I Don't
6. Sucks To Be You
7. Honky-Tonk Time
8. Thirsty Again
9. Only The Lonely Talkin'
10. A Woman Does Too
11. Someobdy For You
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