Blending folk, roots, and country sensibilities, Danielle Knibbe's songs win, and then all too often, break your heart. There's an intimacy and familiarity to her music; her stories may not be about you, but you'll think they are.

Tackling topics like mental illness, loss, heartbreak, estrangement, and countless others, Danielle Knibbe has developed a following by being as genuine and open in her songwriting as she is onstage. Her songs invite the listener into what feels like an intimate conversation between friends. Her knack for penning insightful yet straightforward lyrics has already gained her recognition, earning her a spot at the Banff Centre for the Arts inaugural Singer-Songwriter Residency. Although she was one of the youngest songwriters in the program, she was given the nickname “The Lyric Doctor” due to her natural instinct for getting  to the heart of a song.

Her sophomore album The Ribcage & The Heart (Spring 2019) is full of examples of Danielle’s lyrical skill,with three of the songs having been selected for print in American Songwriter’s monthly lyric contest. This new album, mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat) and featuring Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), showcases the depth, insight, passion, and potential of this up-and-coming songwriter.

These two incredibly talented musicians are Danielle's frequent collaborators, both on-stage and in the studio. As a trio they wrote, arranged, and produced her latest album Some Curious Birds. They are also some of Danielle's favourite people in the world. 

Connor Walsh

A graduate of the MacEwan Music Diploma Program, and the University of Toronto Jazz Program, Connor Walsh is a versatile bassist and backing vocalist. He has performed with artists Tia Brazda, Coco Love Alcorn, Rachael Cardiello, Angela Turone, James Burrows, Blue Sky Miners, and many other bands across Canada. 

Bryn Besse

A graduate of the MacEwan Music Diploma Program and Humber University's Music Program, Bryn Besse is a multi-instrumentalist and talented engineer. He has toured across Canada with The Marwills, Skye Wallace, Jenie Thai, and many other acts, as a guitarist, bassist, and drummer. 

 

Photographer: Wendy Mulder