Danielle Ate the Sandwich

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Danielle Ate the Sandwich
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Danielle Performing at the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase 2010.
Background information
Birth name Danielle Anderson
Born (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 32)
Grant, Nebraska
Origin United States
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Ukulele, guitar, violin
Years active 2007–present
Website danielleatethesandwich.com

Danielle Anderson (born January 24, 1986), known by her stage name Danielle Ate the Sandwich, is a singer-songwriter from Grant, Nebraska.

Anderson has released five independent albums starting with her self-titled album, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, released in 2007, followed by Things People Do (2009), Two Bedroom Apartment (2010), Like a King (2012), and her latest work The Drawing Back of Curtains, music from the documentary film Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson (2015).

Early life[edit]

Anderson was raised in Fremont, Nebraska, then moved at the end of middle school to Littleton, Colorado and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 2004. Born into a musical family, Anderson learned to play the piano, the clarinet, and the saxophone in elementary school and the violin in high school. Anderson also sang in the choir and would write her own songs, but she didn't start singing them publicly until college.[1]

After high school, Anderson studied apparel and design at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated in 2008 and continued to live in Fort Collins until 2012, with the exception of four months spent in New York as a fashion intern to complete her degree.

After receiving her degree, Anderson worked as a seamstress at an alteration shop and sold handmade handbags and clothes. At that time she considered music a hobby, playing music with a group of friends under the name Backdraft: the Musical. After the group parted ways, Anderson decided to go solo, creating her stage name Danielle Ate the Sandwich, which she came up with after posting music on her MySpace page.


During college, Anderson played open mic nights for over a year and began to record her first CD, which she self-recorded and produced, her self-titled Danielle Ate the Sandwich.

In 2007, Anderson began posting videos of her own songs as well as cover songs on YouTube.[2] She played a majority of her songs with a ukulele and provided funny skits before many of her videos.

Anderson's popularity on YouTube was growing as she graduated from college and at the end of 2008, she was asked to play a show in NYC for a music showcase at Pianos Bar in Manhattan.

Before Anderson left for NYC in December 2008, her YouTube video of "Conversations with Dead People",[3], a song from her first album, was featured on YouTube's homepage. Danielle Ate the Sandwich gained thousands of views in a few short days and hundreds of new subscribers.

In 2009, Anderson became a full-time singer songwriter and began touring nationally.[4]

The week Danielle Ate the Sandwich's album Two Bedroom Apartment was released in July 2010, it reached #5 on the iTunes top selling singer/songwriter charts.[5]

Danielle Ate the Sandwich opened for Mumford and Sons on an episode of ETown in October 2010.[6]

In March 2012, Anderson set out to raise $6,000 through KickStarter to fund her album Like a King. She reached her goal in one day and by the end of the month had raised over sixteen thousand dollars.[7]

She is currently based out of Loveland, Colorado.[8]

Anderson's primary instruments are a tenor and a baritone ukulele, both made by Mya-Moe Ukuleles.[9]

Anderson was featured on the cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Ukulele.



  • Danielle Ate the Sandwich (2007)
  • Things People Do[10](2009)
  • Two Bedroom Apartment[11](2010)
  • Like a King[12] (2012)
  • The Drawing Back of Curtains[13] (2015)
  • The Terrible Dinner Guest[14] (2016)

Other Appearances[edit]


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