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Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton

"Cheap High" (Official Video)

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A Different War

Music has gotten so stingy. At its finest, it is the voice of the people, but for those who are searching for more than a beat and a hook, more often than not we're left wanting; wondering if anyone has anything at all to say. Cue Danielia Cotton, who's been fighting A Different War. Cotton is a gutsy artist with a story to tell and she is emerging again into the light fiercely and defiantly. She's recycled all the blessing and pain in life into this beauty... she pours it out looking for a place to unload her sin. For Cotton, that's always been the stage.

"... an honest-to-God voice with real power, conviction, emotion and soul." - Boston Herald

Cotton's childhood was spent on the Sourland Mountain in Hopewell, NJ. She is music legacy. Her mother and aunts were all professional vocalists and music was in her blood. Cotton started performing in her teens. Early on she began veering from the gospel and jazz/blues of her mother and aunts finding greater allure in rock legends like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, and Todd Rundgren, and soul and R&B royalty like Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hathaway. Cotton began crafting her own sound; an eclectic mix of the stuff that shaped her and the stuff that called her. Cotton's magic is born of her ability to inhabit a song, to dwell in its rhythms and melodies, to live with the intricacies of its lyrical structure, and to emerge with an articulate proclamation of personal and social truths.

"Demographers, beware: Danielia Cotton doesn't fit neatly into any box. She's an African American, from a nearly all-white town in New Jersey. She's a singer and songwriter who can sound like a blues balladeer on one track, and a hard- rock wailer on the next." - NPR

Cotton graduated from Bennington College in Vermont where she majored in Theater and studied Voice with Bill Dixon. Not long after college, Cotton left Hopewell for Manhattan and began performing in venues like The Bitter End and The Cutting Room. She was making connections in NYC's music scene. Those connections led her to Kevin Salem of Chocolate Genius, who would produce her first full length album, Small White Town. Shortly prior to its release she was selected as an Artist to Watch by WXPN out of Philadelphia. So, despite the move to Manhattan and attempting to get her feet wet there, she found herself headed south again; fully immersed in Philly's music scene.

"Danielia's music has the swagger of 'Let It Bleed'-era Rolling Stones. Her singing has the raw emotional power of Janis Joplin. Her songwriting places her among the top new musical storytellers." - Philadelphia Daily News

Cotton has spent her entire career fighting for independence, space to create her own sound and an audience that would journey with her. Cotton released Small White Town in 2005 and then released the critically acclaimed Rare Child in 2008 as a true indie artist. followed by the Live Child EP (2009) in relatively quick succession. In 2012 came Gun in Your Hand (another collaborative effort with Kevin Salem) followed by Woodstock (2014), The Real Book (2014), A Prayer (2016), and The Mystery of Me (2017). Cotton is no stranger to the classic rock 'n roll story... she's lived some life; seen and been through some serious shit, and this powerful body of work is what she did with it.

"Danielia Cotton has not had it easy. But lucky for us, she channels her pain and suffering into kick-ass musical creations we can all enjoy. - Guitar World

With this new offering, A Different War, she never lets her feet touch bottom as she traverses difficult waters, swimming through the turbulent currents of social issues such as racism and greed and the tempestuous waters of love and relationships. "As an album, I think it's a little varied," says Cotton. "It's the first album that includes songs that are both social and personal. On several of these songs I tried to get out of my own head and talk about the world outside. I think about the experiences of my listeners."

"... with blaring, guitar-charged, Southern-rooted rock that links her to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Black Crowes, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith and the rockier side of Bonnie Raitt. She's a belter who can hold back or work her way up to a gospelly blues-rock shout, and in the songs she writes with her band's brawny guitar riffs, she grapples with the road, salvation, holding on and letting go." - New York Times

The title track, A Different War, examines the way people of color are essentially called into battle as a result of being marginalized by the color of their skin. It discusses how that reality informs their entire existence, while it simultaneously urges us to press ahead because despite what we may have accomplished, the need for substantive change still exists. Yesterday ain't tomorrow.

Forgive Me, the first single from the album, written with Cotton's sister, Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, is a testimony about how forgiveness is paramount in enduring relationships. "I've loved with the same person, Sam, for 25 years, and there were times when it looked like we weren't going to make it. I learned the only way you survive a relationship is through forgiveness."

The fierce feminist anthem She Too is a propulsive rocker that rides along a screaming lead solo. Cotton's bluesy vocals defiantly proclaim not only equality but also righteous anger at anyone who wants to silence women for raising their voices in unity against abuse, ill and unequal treatment.

Cotton probes our economic situation in the stomping rocker Cheap High. "Cheap highs don't make you happy and they certainly don't sustain you," Cotton says. The song speaks not only to personal unhappiness arising from greed but also to the dangers of a society mired in economic disparity.

"Cotton brings a freshness to the soul-rock formula, not to mention a contagious fervor that is near irresistible." - Los Angeles Times

Danielia Cotton embodies true artistry. With this album she shines a light on deeply personal, and simultaneously systematic and pervasive issues that have plagued folks like her for an eternity. It's A Different War she's been fighting, and she's given us a seat at a table she built because there often wasn't room for her elsewhere. Her music is expansive and will occupy every ounce of space she has carved out for it. She continues to evolve and challenge herself as a musician and it is evident in this collection. Cotton's creating music that spans time. It is prescient and relevant whilst likewise hearkening to the protest songs of the '60s and '70s. Cotton's music is deeply rooted in yesterday and passionately and powerfully crafted for tomorrow. She's still fighting A Different War.

Press Releases

May 21, 2020
FIERCELY AND DEFIANTLY, DANIELIA COTTON RELEASES 'CHEAP HIGH' MUSIC VIDEO TO CONFRONT ADDICTIVE POWER OF WEALTH IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES

Premiering Now at American Songwriter, Socially Distant-Shot Video from 5/29 Album Release A Different War

Finds Widely Acclaimed Blues-Rocker Addressing the Isolation that Comes with Addiction

RadioWoodstock 100.1 WDST Celebrates Album Release Day with 'Sofa Sessions' Livestream Concert Event, 5/29 @ 7 p.m. ET

"Danielia Cotton has not had it easy. But lucky for us, she channels her pain and suffering into kick-ass musical creations we can all enjoy." - Guitar World

NEW YORK (May 21, 2020) - The music video for widely acclaimed blues-rocker DANIELIA COTTON's new stomping anthem, CHEAP HIGH, from next week's album release, A Different War, premieres today at American Songwriter, noting how "Cotton's raspy voice is tinged with anger and frustration, but she channels her powerful vocal delivery into a cathartic triumph by the song's end."

Cotton drew on childhood memories of surviving as a poor multi-racial youth in an upper middle-class New Jersey community. While creating the video, she was astonished witnessing the addictive power of a "cheap high" surge through our communities during the pandemic, further highlighting our economic disparities.

Read and watch the video HERE.

"Right now there are so many people in their homes with no money coming, yet they're frantically ordering all kinds of items online," says Cotton. "It's still going on. It's even coming down to buying ridiculous things like designer brands for masks. It's crazy. And then there are those who wear masks made from a handkerchief because that's all they've got."

Writing CHEAP HIGH, now active at Triple A radio, made Cotton think a lot about the things she didn't have as a kid - like running water, which she went without until she was in high school. And not having traditional heating, instead having to chop wood for the stove with her sister when they came home from track practice. And being laughed at by the other kids in junior high for wearing cheap supermarket sneakers. The result was that spending became a formidable drug for her that substituted for other substances she found less desirable. The song speaks not only to personal unhappiness arising from greed but also to the dangers of a society mired in an economic disparity that even the pandemic cannot break.

"We haven't had such a disparity between the rich and the poor like this in a long time," she says. "Showing off things to prove you have money is a cheap high. That's where we all are right now. Spending is an epidemic in our country, but what makes you truly happy in life is people and love.

The pandemic shutdown limited filming inside her Manhattan apartment and on the building's roof deck, just her and videographer Ray Foley, socially distanced from each other during the entire process. Fittingly, the song is about isolation - the isolation that comes with any addiction, such as spending, and when one is besieged by self-doubt. The video forcefully conveys that sense of isolation and emptiness, courtesy of COVID-19.

CHEAP HIGH is the second single from A Different War, her most politically charged album in a widely heralded career that has drawn praise from the New York Times, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and USA Today, among many others. Set for release May 29 on all major digital platforms through Cottontown Music, the album will be celebrated that evening by RadioWoodstock 100.1 with a Sofa Sessions Livestream Concert Event at 7 p.m. ET. Watch it here.

A Different War finds Cotton, whose voice gives her songs "stunning power" (No Depression), speaking to these extraordinary times by unloading her sin while the world around her is gripped in a turbulent spin. Cotton frames the six-song opus by confronting race, gender, and wealth ? deeply personal and pervasive issues that have plagued folks like her for an eternity.

A Different War will be available May 29 at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and where music is consumed on-line.

Genre: Rock, Soul, Blues

RIYL: Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Bettye LaVette, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, Donnie Hathaway, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd

May 13, 2020
FIERCELY AND DEFIANTLY, DANIELIA COTTON RE-EMERGES TO CONFRONT RACE, GENDER, AND WEALTH IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES WITH 'A DIFFERENT WAR'

Most Politically Charged Album of Heralded Career Due May 29

2nd Single, Cheap High, Now Active at Triple A

'Live from Home' Streaming Concert to Premiere SUNDAY

"Ms. Cotton testifies to pain, need, revelation and redemption in a voice that's as raw as it is indomitable." - The New York Times

NEW YORK (May 13, 2020) - Hailed by The New York Times for music that's "soulful enough to fill a revival tent," DANIELIA COTTON has risen again into the light, fiercely and defiantly, with A Different War, her most politically charged album in a widely heralded career.

Set for release May 29 on all major digital platforms through Cottontown Music, the six-song opus finds the "fiery rock vocalist" (American Songwriter), whose voice gives her songs "stunning power" (No Depression), speaking to these extraordinary times by unloading her sin while the world around her is gripped in a turbulent spin. Cotton frames A Different War by confronting race, gender, and wealth - deeply personal and pervasive issues that have plagued folks like her for an eternity.

As the first single, "Forgive Me," moves up the Triple A charts, the second single, "Cheap High," is now active at radio. The music video will premiere next week. The "Live from Home" Streaming Concert will premiere Sunday (May 17) at 7:30 p.m. EST on Facebook Live.

Additionally praised by Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and USA Today, among others throughout her career, Cotton continues to inhabit a song, turning it inside and out to create transcendent music and lyrics, and carry us higher and higher with her in her musical flights.

A Different War finds the gutsy New Yorker swimming through the tumultuous social issues of racism and greed, and the tempestuous waters of love and relationships. These are songs deeply rooted in the protest anthems of yesterday but built for the current state of our world. A multi-racial, gospel-fueled, Jewish blues-rocker who believes in the power of womanhood, Cotton grew up in a predominantly white New Jersey community as one of just seven black kids in her high school. She has survived cancer and the tragic loss of twins at birth, only to bounce back and finally welcome a daughter in 2018. Cotton's consistent ability to overcome pain and express it through music shines a light on the issues of the day and shows the world what it's like to fight "A Different War."

"This is the first album I've made that includes songs that are both social and personal," says Cotton. "On several of these songs I tried to get out of my own head and talk about the world outside. I think about the experiences of my listeners. I like when the listener can jump into a song."

The title track examines how the reality of people of color getting called into battle as a result of being marginalized informs their entire existence. Featuring a guest appearance by prominent Bronx hip-hop artist Mickey Factz, the song also urges us to press ahead because of the ongoing need for substantive change. "Cheap High" is a stomping rocker that finds Cotton probing our precarious economic situation, speaking to both a personal unhappiness arising from greed, and the dangers of a society mired in economic disparity and despair. The evocative and transporting music of "Forgive Me" mimics the lyrics, which Cotton wrote with her sister, Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, stressing the necessity of forgiveness in any relationship in order for its survival. The fierce feminist anthem "She Too" is a propulsive rocker that rides along a screaming lead solo. Cotton's bluesy vocals on this track defiantly proclaim not only equality but righteous anger at anyone who wants to silence women for raising their voices in unity against abuse, ill and unequal treatment.

A Different War is a true collaboration with some of the most talented musicians and technicians in the business. From Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne, Edie Brickell) on drums, Ben Butler (Sting, George Michael, Chris Botti) on guitar, and Andy Hess (Gov't Mule, Black Crowes) on bass, to young gun guitarist Emmanuel Rossillo working his first major studio project, the record resonates with innovation and flare. The finishing touches of the brilliant mix provided by Dave O'Donnell (James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer) and the mastering of Greg Calbi (numerous hits over the past 20 years) make this record a true meeting of the best of the best.

The evidence is clear on A Different War that DANIELIA COTTON continues to evolve and challenge herself as a musician. Fifteen years since her breakout as an Artist to Watch by influential Philadelphia public radio outlet WXPN, Cotton remains a true indie artist fighting for independence - the space to create her own sound and an audience that would journey with her.

Available May 29 at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and where music is consumed on-line.

"A Different War" Track Listing

Forgive Me
A Different War
Cheap High
Better Off Without You
If You Don't Want Me
She Too

Genre: Rock, Soul, Blues

RIYL: Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, Donnie Hathaway, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd

February 27, 2020
FIERCELY AND DEFIANTLY, DANIELIA COTTON RE-EMERGES FROM THE SHADOWS WITH 'FORGIVE ME'

1st Single From 'A Different War' Out 2/28/20

"Ms. Cotton testifies to pain, need, revelation and redemption in a voice that's as raw as it is indomitable." - The New York Times

NEW YORK (Feb. 27, 2020) - Hailed by The New York Times for music that's "soulful enough to fill a revival tent," DANIELIA COTTON has spent the past few years since her last album pulling herself out of the shadows, and she's rising again into the light, fiercely and defiantly.

FORGIVE ME, the first single, due Feb. 28, off her newest album, A Different War, arriving later this year, sends a potent message that the "fiery rock vocalist" (American Songwriter) whose voice gives her songs "stunning power" (No Depression) has re-emerged and is delivering even more powerfully moving music than ever.

The hypnotic rhythms of the opening guitar chords transfix us, while Cotton's somber opening vocals blossom into soaring flights of rocking soul. The evocative and transporting music of FORGIVE ME mimics the lyrics, which the Hopewell, NJ, native wrote with her sister, Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, stressing the necessity of forgiveness in any relationship.

"The only way you survive a relationship is through forgiveness," says Cotton. "'Don't get lost in the fight,' as I sing in the song. If you're gonna last, then you're gonna forgive each other a million times."

Additionally praised by Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and USA Today, among others throughout her career, Cotton, as always, inhabits a song, turning it inside and out, creating transcendent music and lyrics, and carrying us higher and higher with her in her musical flights.

Available at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and where music is consumed on-line.

Genre: Rock, Soul, Blues

"Forgive Me" credits

Words: Danielia Cotton and Catherine. Fulmer-Hogan

Music: Danielia Cotton

Players: Andy Hess (Bass), Aaron Comess (Drums), Ben Butler (guitar), Danielia Cotton (guitar, piano, vocals)

Production: JCS (Jw Johnson, Danielia Cotton & Craig Shofed)

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