Danielle Nicole

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Danielle Nicole
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Background information
Birth nameDanielle Nicole Schnebelen
OriginKansas City, United States
GenresSoul, blues
Instrument(s)Vocals, bass guitar, guitar

Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) is an American blues/soul musician from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Her self-titled solo debut EP was released March 10, 2015 on Concord Records. The self-titled EP features Grammy Award-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, Galactic's co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and keyboardist Mike Sedovic.[1] On February 25, 2015, American Blues Scene premiered the track "Didn't Do You No Good" off the new EP.[2]

In May 2019, she received Blues Music Awards for both Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Bass Instrumentalist.[3][4]


Danielle Nicole was previously in the band Trampled Under Foot with her brothers Kris and Nick Schnebelen.[5] At the 2014 Blues Music Awards, Trampled Under Foot's album, Badlands, won the 'Contemporary Blues Album of the Year' category. At the same ceremony, Danielle Nicole, under the name of Danielle Schnebelen, triumphed in the 'Best Instrumentalist – Bass' category.[6]


Brandon Miller & Danielle Nicole

In September 2015, her debut album, Wolf Den, was released on Concord Records.[7] It reached number 2 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart in October that year.[8] The album was produced by Anders Osborne and Ryan Kingsbury. Writers included Danielle Nicole, Anders Osborne, Al Jackson Jr. and Mike Sedovic. Players were Danielle Nicole, vocals/bass; Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson, guitars; Mike Sedovic, keyboards; Stanton Moore, drums.

On March 10, 2018, Danielle Nicole's second release, Cry No More,[9] peaked at number 1 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart [10] and included producer collaborator Tony Braunagel; writers Danielle Schnebelen, Bill Withers, Prince, Jeff Paris, Tamara Champlin, Maia Sharp, Pam Rose, Anthony LaPeau and John Lardieri. Players were Danielle Nicole, vocals/bass; Nick Schnebelen, Brandon Miller, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Monster Mike Welch, Luther Dickinson and Johnny Lee Schell, guitars; Mike Sedovic, Mike Finnigan, and Kelly Finnigan, organs; Tony Braunagel, drums; with Maxanne Lewis and Kudisan Kai as background vocalists. The TV series, S.W.A.T., used "Save Me" from this album on the February 21, 2019 episode of the show.

Danielle Nicole Band @ River Music Experience, Davenport IA, 2018

Danielle Nicole along with Christone Ingram, did the warm up show for the Fourth Annual Utah Blues Festival June, 2018 at the State Room,[11] headlined with her band, Brandon Miller and Kris Schnebelen at the International Blues Festival in Canada in July 2018,[12] and at the Bean Blossom Blues Festival in Indiana in August 2018.[13] She performed with an orchestra her tribute to Etta James and Aretha Franklin at Knuckleheads Saloon November 2018[14] and, in February 2019, was part of a cruise[15] and concert at Knuckleheads[16] for the Michael Ledbetter Foundation.

Danielle Nicole's awards have included the Independent Blues Award for best contemporary CD in Blues Blast magazine,[17] and Top 20 Blues Rock Roots Album.[18] She was inducted into Canada's South Blues Society Hall of Fame.[19]

Cry No More was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award in Contemporary blues.[20][21]

In May 2019, Danielle Nicole's album Cry No More, received two Blues Music Awards for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Bass Instrumentalist[4][22] and garnered three additional Independent Blues Awards in September 2019 for best R&B Soul CD, Music Video for the album's title track, and R&B Soul Song for Prince's "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?".[23]

In June 2021 and May 2022, Danielle was awarded the Blues Foundation's Music Award for bass instrumentalist. [24][25] She was on the cover of Blues Blast Magazine [26] and garnished the bass guitar award for 2022 in their magazine in September of 2022.[27] She had a featured article, "Lady Sings the Blues" by Bertrand Deveaud, in Rollingstone Magazine, France, June 2022. [28]

In August 2021, Danielle paired with Bonfire Music to oversee the Danielle Nicole Band's booking and tour schedule.[29]



  • Danielle Nicole (March 10, 2015)


  • Wolf Den (September 15, 2015)
  • Live at the Gospel Lounge (May 22, 2017)
  • Cry No More (February 23, 2018)

Danielle Nicole (EP)[edit]

Danielle Nicole
EP by
Danielle Nicole
ReleasedMarch 10, 2015 (2015-03-10)
LabelConcord Records
Danielle Nicole chronology
Danielle Nicole
Wolf Den
Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole is the first studio release by American singer-songwriter Danielle Nicole. It was released on March 10, 2015. The studio tracks were recorded in New Orleans, while the last two tracks were recorded live at Kansas City's KTBG-The Bridge 90.9 radio station.[30]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Blues Blast magazine, Rex Bartholomew said that the EP "provided a great sound bite of what [Nicole] can do on her own, and it is a very nice piece of work."[31]

Track listing[edit]

Danielle Nicole track listing
1."You Only Need Me When You're Down"2:44
2."Starvin' for Love"3:30
3."Didn't Do You No Good"4:17
4."Wandering Heart"5:03
5."You Only Need Me When You're Down (Live From The Bridge 90.9)"2:13
6."Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Live From The Bridge 90.9)"4:09
Total length:22:00



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  2. ^ "Didnt Do You No Good". 25 February 2015. Retrieved Jan 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Blues Foundation Music Awards 2019". blues.org. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "2019 Blues Music Awards Winners Announced". Antimusic.com. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Trampled Under Foot". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Gordon, Reverend Keith A. (March 8, 2017). "2014 Blues Music Awards". Thoughtco.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Wolf Den - All Music". AllMusic. Retrieved Jan 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard.com. October 17, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Review "Cry No More"". Bluesblastmagazine.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Billboard Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  11. ^ McGregor, Nick. "Music Monday: Ogden Twilight, and the week ahead". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  12. ^ "International Blues Festival of Canada". Retrieved Jan 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "Bean Blossom Blues Festival". Retrieved Jan 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Tribute to Etta James and Aretha Franklin at Knuckleheads". Inkansascity.com. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Legendary R & B Cruise Tribute to Mike Ledbetter". Bluescruise.com. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Knuckleheads Tribute to Mike Ledbetter". Knuckleheadskc.com. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  17. ^ "International Best Contemporary CD Independent Blues Award". Makingascene.com. August 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Top 20 Rock, Roots Albums of 2018". Rockandbluesmuse.com. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Induction into Canadas South Blues Society Hall of Fame". Eyesonwindsor.com. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Cry No More, Danielle Nicole - Grammy Nomination". Kcur.org. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Kansas City Star on Grammy Nomination". Kansascity.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Blues Foundation Music Awards 2019". Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Independent Blues Awards 2019". Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Danielle Nicole awarded 42 Blues Music Award for Bass Instrumentalist". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Independent Blues Awards 2022". Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  26. ^ "Blues Blast Magazine Cover 2022". Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  27. ^ "Blues Blast Magazine Award for Bass Guitar 2022". Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  28. ^ "Lady Sings The Blues - Rollingstone Magazine, France". Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  29. ^ "Danielle Nicole with Bonfire Music Group". Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  30. ^ "Danielle Nicole Makes Concord Debut with New Orleans-Flavored EP". Concord. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  31. ^ Bartholomew, Rex. "Danielle Nicole – Danielle Nicole | EP Review". Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  32. ^ Danielle Nicole – Danielle Nicole (2015, CD), retrieved December 5, 2021

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