Danielle Bourjeaurd is known by the nickname “Redneck Princess” amongst her friends and family. It’s a moniker that is not only emblematic of her unique approach to life, but also the perfect description of the songs she crafts, records and performs.
Bourjeaurd’s upcoming debut EP, Country Sorta Way, is a lush, rollicking, and immensely memorable collection of songs that are a bold statement from a composer and performer to be reckoned with. The wistful production on the EP’s first single, “Lakeside”, is a tribute to the lifestyle Danielle has shared with family and friends her entire life – boating, fishing, parties on the beach – sung with such sincerity that you wished you were there.
“I am definitely a lake girl. It’s my life and it’s what everyone I know does every summer. It’s like ‘what island are we going to, where are we wakeboarding, and where’s the best place to put a line in the water?’ I am the same in the winter: ice fishing, four wheeling, sledding. It’s just the way I am built,” she says.
Danielle’s music is highlighted by hook-laden melodic masterpieces that are infused with the essence of country music, but with equal nods to pop and southern rock. There are raucous party anthems, sultry songs of torrid love, and songs about the ups and downs of everyday life. More significantly, Bourjeaurd’s lyrics and her vocal performances are dripping with an attitude that is fiercely empowered, shattering any illusions that female artists can’t be as ferocious in their appetites and overt in their passions as their male counterparts. “I want to say things that girls shouldn’t be afraid to say or think. I don’t mind getting a little sassy, because that’s real life. I want to be that kind of a voice for women.”
Originally a native of the small town of Sharon, Ontario Bourjeaurd now spends much of her time on the shores of Georgian Bay when she’s not writing down in Nashville. From an early age, Bourjeaurd was surrounded by music and grew up knowing that it would be her calling. Her dad was a noted Bluegrass musician and played in the clubs and pubs north of Toronto alongside the likes of The Good Brothers, Big Redd Ford and the late Terry Clements, who was a long-time member of Gordon Lightfoot’s band.
“I was lucky to be getting up on stage with my dad and his buddies at Bluegrass festivals starting when I was 14. They taught me how to project my natural charm and personality to the audience. My dad also passed along his love and knowledge of harmony – I could hear harmonies at a very early age,” Bourjeaurd said.
Danielle has spent the past five years living in Nashville full-time, carving out a reputation as a songwriter and artist to watch. During this time, she collaborated with many A-list writers, also landing a worldwide publishing deal with Let Me Be Frank Inc. and ole Media Management LLC. Her first big cut as a writer (“Sunday Afternoon Hang”) was released as a single by Tom Cochrane in 2014 and went to #1 on radio Rock & Country countdowns. She also landed a sponsorship deal with Old Gringo Boots in California and her print ads are now being used in magazines and store posters across the United States.
Bourjeaurd is most at home on a stage, where her unbridled energy can enliven any crowd and raise the roof on any venue. “I have such a good time onstage and I want to make sure everyone else does too. Songs like [the ones on my EP] are as real and as much a part of my personality as “Lakeside”. When I am up there, it’s all me”.
The lack of pretense and the undeniable honesty of Bourjeaurd as a person are reflected in the way she has approached her craft as a songwriter, musician, vocalist and performer. She is confident in her abilities and knows what she wants to say. Bourjeaurd inhabits a space all her own – one that has a mass appeal to a growing society that is unbound by rigid classifications.
Country Sorta Way is a poised, polished, and untamed adventure. With songs that run the gamut from hurtin’ to hollerin’ and everything in between, it’s sure to put this Redneck Princess on the map.