Danika Holmes

Danika Holmes is a rising star in the heartland!” says Bill Sullivan of The Rock and Roll Report. Mike Wolfe of The History Channel’s American Pickers 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.

As Holmes plays 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!” Currently, Danika’s music is being broadcast on independent radio stations, blogs, and podcasts around the world. She performs regularly with her band, has opened for The Nadas, and her show was aired on Iowa Public Television and Radio.

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. Wildy’s World writes, “It’s a highly personal first step on a path with a lot of potential.” “Half as Strong as You,” the most personal song on the album, was written to honor Danika’s dad who passed away from cancer in 2005. “It is a brave thing to start a set of modern Americana folk songs with a tale of loss and vulnerability, but this brave thing defined the music that follows…

How do you describe your music to people, Danika?
It's Americana with blues and country influences.  There's a small touch of island in there as well.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been playing piano since I was a little kid and writing songs since my early teenage years.  I was into all things creative whether it was music, dance choreography, carpentry... I woke up one day and told my dad I was going to build a piano, so he helped me build this cute miniature upright.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
That's a hard one!  I love traveling and music, so I'm pretty lucky that I get to do both on a regular basis.  I also love to try out new foods from different places, as long as there's no scary looking meats involved.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Coming to the realization that it is impossible to please everyone.  I've learned it's important to choose my battles.  Some things just aren't worth getting worked up about.  One of my favorite quotes is "If you wrestle with a pig, you'll get dirty."

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I was going to be everything from a professional dancer to an actor, a doctor or lawyer, even a musician.  But I was always more focused on having fun as a kid rather than what I wanted to be in the future.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I love being from the midwestern United States.  The people here are very genuinely friendly for the most part.  I go for walks in the morning as a way of clearing my mind and you can't pass someone without a friendly hello.  I also really enjoy getting to know other artists from my hometown.  It's fun to chat and help each other out along the way.

What other artists out there do you love?
Duffy, Sara Bareilles, Jewel, Sheryl Crow

What does your future hold?
I'm into setting goals and then creating plans to get to them.  There's such a great sense of achievement when you can look back over your last year's goals and feel good about how far you've come!  In the near future, I'd love to do an overseas tour either in Europe or Australia/New Zealand, or both!  I'm also excited to keep writing and realeasing new music.  I've also been considering doing a straight house concerts tour.  It's such a great way to connect with people on an individual level.  In fact, if you're interested in hosting a house concert, drop me an email!