Her name is legendary.
Her voice is electrifying. Her music makes you feel the beat in the pit of your stomach. She is Daunielle.
Blues/soul/R&B singer Daunielle’s passionate involvement in music started at a very young age. She was born Daunielle Brown in Memphis, TN to William C. Brown III. The legendary William C. Brown III was one of the original Mad Lads signed to the Stax/Volt Label. William’s career didn’t stop with the Mad Lads, he went on to become a recording engineer with Stax Records. Because of William’s interaction with many well known artists, he was always seen with Daunielle on his hip. For this reason, she was considered a back stage baby.
With the entertainment gene running through her veins, even at a young age, Daunielle was destined to become an immense entertainer. She became Little Miss Tea Cup in 1972, and she was the first Little Miss Black Memphis in 1976. Daunielle didn’t stop there; at the age of ten she sang the jingle “Trix Are for Kids” for the local radio stations. Daunielle first realized her love of music when she would play her father’s records repeatedly, memorizing and singing every one of his songs. This motivated her to sing in various school and church choirs all throughout her junior high, high school, and college years.
Daunielle eventually decided to take a deeper venture into the world of music by performing in the local talent show at the famous Joyce Cobb’s Club on Beale Street. Shortly after her live performances she began to write and perform her own music. Feeling very confident in her performances, her father proudly passed the torch and allowed her to replace him in a studio background recording team which now includes Daunielle, her uncle, Bertram Brown, and Jackie Johnson. This background trio was the late Willie Mitchell’s (of Royal Studios, formally Hi Records) preferred team to work with on most of his projects which also included artists such as Jackie Johnson, Barbara Blue, Marti Pellow, Roy Young, Steven Segal, Treasa Levasseur, and Miguel Julian of Soultellers, to name a few.
As she continued to enhance her tremendous vocals she consistently worked in various studios with great artists such as Eden Brent, Joyce Cobb, Reba Russell, and most recently on the solo project for Johnny Colla of Huey Lewis and the News. Daunielle also had the opportunity of working with Grammy Award winner King Solomon Burke, on an album entitled Nothing’s Impossible, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2011. Daunielle has shared the stage with many including Mavis Staples, Aron Neville, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Berman, Don Felder of the Eagles, Andy Garcia, Dorothy Morrison, Paul Thorn, Sandy Carroll, John Nemeth, The Bo-Keys, Liv Gibson, Jimmy Kimmel, Dumpstaphunk, Preston Shannon, Bobby Rush, Huey Lewis and the News, and many more.
The next level for this natural born superstar is her debut album self-titled Daunielle, in which the extraordinarily talented, Grammy Award-winning Executive Producer, Jim Gaines, leads this captivating and passionate journey of no return.
She is available for live performances and appearances (with or without her band).