Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole

8:30 p.m., September 1, 2017 | Nerman Museum Lawn


A 2014 Blues Music Award winner on her own, Danielle Nicole has also performed with Trampled Under Foot, which was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame this spring.

There’s not a time in her life that singer/ bassist/ songwriter Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) doesn’t remember loving to perform. As a child, she would sing for her family at holidays and took tap, jazz and ballet lessons. Danielle also took band in middle school, playing the tenor saxophone and enjoying it quite a bit. Unfortunately, she was forced to quit when the family moved to Kansas City and the new school did not offer band.

Danielle comes from generations of singers. Her grandmother, Evelyn Skinner, was a big band singer. Danielle’s mother, Lisa Swedlund, introduced her to music ranging from the Everly Brothers to the B-52s.

At age 12 Danielle took to the stage for the first time, singing Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at a Blues for Schools program that her parents were playing at Englewood Elementary. From then on, she knew music would be her passion for the rest of her life.

Danielle began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events at age 14, jamming with her parents whenever she could at clubs that would allow minors. At 16, she began singing lead in her father’s band, Little Eva and the Works, until he became too sick to play. In March of 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, with Kansas City music veterans Steve Gronemeyer, Steve Hicks, Chuck Payne and Terry Roney. They performed for four years and even represented Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge.

During this time, Danielle and her brothers Nick and Kris began talking about a family band, which would eventually become Trampled Under Foot. Not only did Danielle and Kris have to move to Philadelphia (where Nick was living), but she had to learn the bass guitar to keep it a family band.

After several acclaimed self-released albums and years of nonstop road work, Trampled Under Foot released Badlands on July 9, 2013. Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band’s years, and it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Trampled Under Foot performed live throughout the United States and Europe in support of the album.

As Trampled Under Foot wound down after 13 years, Danielle formed her own band. In September 2015 she released a New Orleans-flavored blues and soul-based album, Wolf Den, featuring GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, Galactic’s co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and her regular keyboardist Mike “Shinetop Jr.” Sedovic.

The Danielle Nicole Band is currently on a tour of the U.S. Earlier this year, Danielle and her brothers reunited as Trampled Under Food to play at their induction ceremony into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.