The 6 1 5 Featuring Danielle Cormier
Danielle Cormier is a Nashville based singer/songwriter originally from Pinehurst, North Carolina. She moved to Nashville in 2016 after studying musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
With honest songwriting and vocals that are similar to Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles, Danielle creates music that is both approachable and captivating. Accompanying her move to Music City, she released a six-song EP dubbed Casino Sessions. Since the launch, she has continued to write, play songwriters rounds and compile a collection of songs for the album Fire & Ice. Produced by Adam Lester (Peter Frampton, Jill Andrews, Backstreet Boys), Fire & Ice is Danielle’s first full-length effort. Track two on the album, “Can’t Quit You,” features guitar legend Peter Frampton after Danielle’s producer showed Peter the song while on tour with him.
Since the release of the album, Danielle performed with Vince Gill at his annual Vinny Invitational Golf Tournament and opened for Trace Adkins at Ft. Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration. In November 2018, Danielle released an original Christmas song which was featured on Spotify’s Christmas Hits playlist and the song itself reached over 3.1 million streams.
Danielle teamed up with Adam Lester once again in August 2021 to record her most recent project Réflexion at The Pilot Lounge in Fairview, TN. All of the songs on this project were written in 2020 and capture Danielle’s experiences and emotions from the year, which was filled with love, loss, and the readiness to move on.
Danielle Cormier's Top Six
What makes Nashville special to you? In regards to the music community, I love how big and small it feels at the same time. We all know each other or at least have mutual friends, and everyone is willing to help each other. We are all working towards the same goal and it never feels like a competition. We work together and collaborate and I think that’s a really great thing.
How would you say your hometown of Pinehurst, NC differs from Nashville? Pinehurst, NC is very different from Nashville. It’s a small resort town with lots of golf courses. It’s a town where everyone knows each other, you wave as you drive by, and barely any sidewalks! It was a beautiful place to grow up and it has grown quite a bit but it is still a small, quiet town.
Say you had a completely free day in Nashville—no work allowed. What would you be doing? I would start the day with a hot yoga class, do some baking (my favorite to make is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies), take my dogs to the dog park with my boyfriend, and then end the day curled up on the couch watching a movie by the fire!
What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? Redheaded Stranger, Bite a Bit, Once Upon a Time In France, Italia, and Mitchell Deli!
Of course we love your style, any favorite Nashville shops? My favorite boutique is Vinnie Louise! They have the cutest clothing! The girls that work there are so sweet and always willing to help style you and make you feel confident.
If someone is coming to Nashville for the first time, where do you take them? I think there are the staple places to take them - they have to try hot chicken, go to Broadway. I would take them to 5th and Broadway because you can get a taste of the strip but also the food hall has so many great Nashville restaurants you can try at one time! I would also take them to a show at either the Ryman or the Opry because everyone has to experience a show at those venues at least once.
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What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? I love how much the music scene is growing. Nashville isn’t just about country music anymore. There’s a home for so many more genres now. I’ve been in Nashville for five years now and I can see how many more opportunities for an artist like me, who wouldn’t classify themselves as country, can have performing, writing, etc
What’s your favorite place to go for ice cream in Nashville? Jeni’s! The Wildberry Lavender is my favorite flavor.
What’s your favorite place for breakfast in Nashville? I love Fido in Hillsboro Village. The Local Latte and pancakes are my favorite!
Do you have a favorite music venue? I went to Brooklyn Bowl recently and that was an awesome venue! I really liked how there were so many things to do inside.
Favorite place to go on date night? I mentioned it above, but my boyfriend and I love to go to Once Upon a Time In France for a nice date night. Their food is always amazing and I love how they change up the menu a bit every month.
Best Broadway bar? ACME is my favorite. I think their rooftop has the best view!