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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Danielle Santilli

Thank you for chatting with us Danielle! If you could have penned a song in any genre what would it have been? Anything Carole King because her stuff is just so timeless and amazing but specifically Where You Lead because of the royalties from the Gilmore Girls theme song…and it’s one of my favorite shows!

How was it filming the video for “Dreams?” It was my first official full length video. Overall, it was a rewarding experience. The hardest part was the preparation of picking outfits (I’m not a huge fan of shopping) and getting all the extras together and organized for one of the scenes. I was like…I hope I can get people to show up! Luckily my friends here in Florida came through and I felt really grateful. Also, my videographer Tyler Cwoan-Sanges from Beardman Media was so professional and talented. He made things really easy during the actual shoot. We shot at four different locations, but most of the shots were done in one take and he really nailed my vision! Of course, the one day we picked to shoot the outside scenes was the hottest day of the year in Florida…a little rough but we did it!

Aside from singing do you play any instruments? Yes, I play piano. Oh, also kazoo lol Even though it’s technically just singing into something, but when I add it to my sets people find it amusing

Do you have any pre-show rituals? Warming up, low belly breathing, sometimes steaming my voice & meditating

Did you have a musical mentor? If so, who was it and how did they influence you? I decided to go into music professionally in 2016. I had been singing my whole life, but I needed to brush up on my piano skills. I hired Michael Frank to help me build up some of my piano skills after not playing for years, and the relationship developed into so much more! He is super musically talented and became my mentor in terms of listening to my mixes and giving notes, listening to me cry on the phone about the difficulties of this industry, playing for me in shows! He’s just an all-around talented guy and great support in many ways!

Best food that comes in can? Tuna fish. I actually don’t love to cook so canned tuna is one of my go to sources of protein.

If I was a bartender, what would you order? Tequila, club soda, splash of pineapple is my go to…I also like the smokiness in mezcal

What’s your favorite fast food chain? I rarely eat fast food but McDonald’s is my guilty pleasure

Where do you shop and name 3 items that are always in your grocery cart. Trader Joe’s-seafood blend, seaweed snacks, chocolate (made with coconut milk) ice cream

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?

365 Whole Foods because I’m into healthy eating and living!


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