Newcomer Danielle Haskell is making a name for herself in the Christian Music community.
The 18 year old Christian pop artist / song writer was already memorizing songs, singing and taking piano lessons by the age of 3. Finding comfort in music on and off the stage, at age 6 Danielle to added guitar lessons to her schedule. Even though Danielle is a fan of all music genres, it was her love of helping others that lead her to the Christian music industry. As Danielle faced some of the same challenges as many teens and the loss of loved ones, her perspectives began to change and Danielle started to understand the important messages the Christian songs were delivering as they provided her with inspiration and comfort.
By using the emotional power / meaning behind her songs, Danielle definitely has a message to share that touches her audience. Danielle can be quoted as saying “The best part of music is when someone listens to and relates to your song. In the few minutes that they are listening to the song, not only do they become part of my story, but I become part of theirs and that is an awesome feeling.”
“New Day” was Danielle’s first time co-writing a song, recording in a real studio and making a video, but it still has an impactful meaning. “New Day” is about forgiveness, moving forward, leaving the past behind and starting over. Everyone makes mistakes or find themselves in circumstances that could not have been predicted at some point in life. In “New Day” Danielle wanted to make sure people understood that there are times when one small moment can be pivotal in our lives, so when that happens it is possible to take the steps that are needed to keep moving forward in the right direction. From every challenge comes a lesson. In Danielle words “I have lived my life holding myself to my mistakes while living with no regrets, because I believe that everything, including our mistakes, lead us to where we are supposed to be. New Day goes deeper than merely a new day, for me it was about a new day that led to a new life.”
With her song “Forget” Danielle had two goals. First and foremost, Danielle wanted a song that reminded everyone that they are never forgotten by God. Second, she wanted a song dedicated to her grandfather, hoping to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. While growing up, Danielle visited her grandparents daily. Using love, laughter, loyalty, work ethics and faith they taught her some of the most important lessons in life. For the last six years of her grandfather’s life, her family watched him slowly change due to Alzheimer’s disease. Danielle describes him as the best man she has ever met, the person who understood her best and the person she aspires to be like. At the time Forget was written she was scheduled to be in Nashville for a photo-shoot, to co-write her second song and do the video for “New Day”. Originally she had a completely different plan for her second song; however, just as she arrived in Nashville she received a call that her grandfather had fallen and had a brain bleed. Danielle flew back home to find him hospitalized. She was told not to expect much and that he would likely pass away in a few weeks. During his entire time with Alzheimer’s Danielle was the only person he consistently recognized. He never got her name wrong once. As she flew home Danielle remembered being so afraid he would forget who she was before she arrived; however, when she went over to his bedside and said “Pepere”, he immediately replied “Danielle you’re here.” He still knew her name. When Danielle returned to Nashville and met with her co-writer / producer they discussed her situation and her fear of being forgotten and “Forget” was composed.
Like “Forget”, the lyrics for “Always With You” come from a very personal place for Danielle that certainly create emotions, bring about awareness and entertain. “Always With You” is dedicated to Danielle’s grandmother who lost her battle with cancer in April 2016. As soon as her grandmother was diagnosed, Danielle knew the concept for her next song. Just one week before her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, Danielle was in Quebec. Since her grandmother wasn’t feeling well, she had asked Danielle to go to a church and light a candle for her. In this church Danielle bought her grandmother a medal with an angel on one side and the saying “Toujours Avec Toi” (Always With You) on the other side. A few days after Danielle gave the medal to her grandmother, she found out she had cancer. All of the sudden, the saying on that medal took on a whole new meaning. Danielle and her grandmother had many conversations about how she believed she would, in ways, always be with her and the rest of the family. She talked about her fears and her religious beliefs. “Always With You” came from those conversations. Once again Danielle not only wanted, but needed, a song that would remind her and everyone that God is always with them. Knowing how difficult this loss was going to be she also wanted a reminder for herself and all others that those we lose, are also always with us. When she met with her co-writer / producer on April 18, 2016, they composed “Always With You” within an hour.
Danielle’s ultimate goal is to use her talents and life experiences to help others. She hopes her music can continue to raise awareness and inspire others in a positive way. Outside of music, Danielle has spent time as a volunteer for Big Brother’s Big Sister’s where she confirmed that sometimes you learn just as much from others as they do from you. After graduating from Cony High School in Maine in 2016, Danielle opted for a change in scenery. In August 2016 Danielle headed to western North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where music and the arts are emphasized and she could be just a few hours away from Nashville. While there she plans to continue to write and record songs; all the while, pursing a future career that will continue to connect her with others.