A self-taught guitarist who alternated between an acoustic duo and a metal-band as a teenager, Danielle Woodrow chose her post-college path by flipping a coin: heads meant she would move forward with her music, while tails would bring her to Hollywood to work in the entertainment industry. Ten years later —Danielle found herself in a fast-growing executive career serving as Senior Vice President of Original Programming at FX Networks. There, she oversaw such acclaimed shows as Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Archer. Despite her success, Woodrow was feeling increasingly disconnected. So in 2011 she quit her job and set off on a year-long unplotted journey that led her first to the rural Methow Valley of Washington State, and subsequently to onto other destinations including Israel and Peru. On the way, and without any aspiration beyond reconnecting with her long-abandoned musical side, Woodrow dusted off her guitar and started composing the songs that now make up her debut album Turning.
Written everywhere from mountain cabins to jungle huts, Turning gracefully flaunts Woodrow’s authentic folk roots while incorporating ear-worming pop hooks and a wry, gutsy lyrical edge. Not initially intended for release, the intimate recordings were made on the fly throughout her travels (including a living-room session with Grammy winner Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers). Stripped down to just Woodrow’s warm, rich vocals and raw guitar work, Turning’s earthy elegance and salty candor are an intimate expression of her walkabout experiences and discoveries. While the stillness and serenity of her retreat went a long way in nurturing her songwriting, Woodrow remains dedicated to making music now that she has returned to L.A. and begun running the television arm for director Justin Lin’s media company “Perfect Storm Entertainment”. Woodrow says one of her hopes with the album is to embolden others to follow through on their own callings. “Taking a break from my career may have been unorthodox, but it did wonders for my soul. And bringing music back into my life was one of the greatest gifts I could ever give myself,” she says. “I hope my story might inspire other people to take risks and excavate their buried dreams.”
Danielle’s debut album, “Turning (The Sabbatical Sessions)” is coming this September.