Danika Holmes | Second Chances

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Second Chances

by Danika Holmes

Americana/Pop with an island splash! Songs to touch your heart in the tough times, as well as celebrate life in the good times. Sounds like Jewel, Colbie Caillat and Norah Jones collaborated on a singer/songwriter album.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Half As Strong As You
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2. Unlit Match
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3. You Make A Bad Day Good
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4. Annie May
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5. Lock Me In Tonight
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6. If You Love Me, Just Say It
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7. Sounds Like Goodbye
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8. Time For A Change
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9. Pockets Full of Gold
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10. Second Chances
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11. Dear Friends
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Album Notes
Danika’s debut album, “Second Chances” is a collection of life stories and personal experiences. A country influence can be heard in the instrumentals and bluesy undertones throughout the vocals. An acoustic guitar sound is central, while congas, smooth grooves, harmonies, and guitar riffs have also helped to create Danika’s unique feel.

Each of the eleven songs has a specific purpose. Most all people can relate to the title track “Second Chances.” Who doesn’t need a second chance at some point in life? Although starting over can be extremely challenging, it can turn into a positive change. What is done with the second chance is what matters.

“Annie May” is a kitchen table conversation that takes place between an elderly woman and Danika. The message of the song encourages young people to take time to learn from the stories of those who have years of life experiences. “Unlit Match” is a soulful declaration of the hidden potential inside all of us. Other life stories are told in “Half as Strong as You” and “Time for a Change.” A message of hope for better times is heard in “Pockets Full of Gold” and an inner struggle about loneliness with a fun twist is heard in “Lock Me In Tonight.”

The last song of the album, “Dear Friends” is an upbeat fun song dedicated to Danika’s family, friends, and fans. While the song is personal to Danika, anyone who has ever leaned on loved ones, or been there for a friend in a tough situation can relate.

All songs on the album were written or co-written by Danika. Co-writing partner Paul Hamilton was a major contributor to the songs. Additionally, all songs were recorded and produced by Paul Hamilton at Big White House Studios in Illinois. Drew Witherell was assistant sound engineer. In addition to Paul playing instrumentals on the tracks, other musicians included Jeb Hart (guitar and bass), and Nick Fairley (drums). Backup vocals were sung by BethAnn Wirth and Barbara Worsfold.


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Ariel Hyatt

Great album
It is a brave thing to start a set of modern American country folk songs with a tale of loss and vulnerability, but this brave thing defines the music that follows, it states from the get go that this is a candid and original glimpse of the those that survive, but still are fragile, human, even scared. In this opening the singers prayers are perhaps not answered but by the asking, she is, one feels, made stronger, strong enough to carry on.

The sultry percussive ‘Unlit Match’ carries on this theme, the singer, detached, watches the girl on the stage, deconstructs the rebel boy myth, and the music is an invitation to let go, take those dangerous chances and prove those who would box you into a cliché, totally wrong.

All is not internal though, in stand out track, the ballad ‘Annie May’ Holmes sings the life of a quietly extraordinary woman, sketching the passage of time and history with remarkable subtlety and grace.

Then in ‘Pockets Full Of Gold’ she brings it back to the intimate world of the couple, through faith and love in each other surviving the (harsher) world around them. In fact all through this album, she commits her self to the belief that its ok to lean on those you trust, to show diary like the simple secrets of the soul.

This is a set that describes how the cold country of Alone, is left behind.

All this is tied together in the title track, the darkness has been preserved against, and the night is turning into day. What I particularly like here is the admission that even in this brand new hope of a day the journey may still be tough and even third chances may be needed.

Yes this is mainstream music, but I find no concessions here, or cynical production tricks, no artifice.

That all these songs are wrapped in a perfectly balanced mix of the pop smooth and the country honest lets us know that her message will soon get into the hearts of radio listeners everywhere.

Cross posted from NBT