Alternative soul from Ann Arbor
Dani Darling made her media debut in 1984—as one of a set of triplets born in Ann Arbor. She sang with her sisters as a girl, and later did stints in a reggae band and in the hip-hop collective The Black Opera. But, she told the Metro Times, she wasn't sure hip-hop was the right direction for her: "I was like, who am I? So I was trying to figure it out. I'm more of an acoustic artist, you know. I write with my guitar, I have a big background in, like, old movie musicals and jazz. My favorite vocalist is Ella Fitzgerald, and Thom Yorke is one of my biggest inspirations." A new sound came together, featuring classic influences like R&B and jazz as well as new sounds like lo-fi and chillwave, all fused in her own original songs that often have a cosmic tinge. Dani released her debut album, "Nocturne," last year. She's a rising star on the Michigan scene, named an artist to watch by Current last year, and we're excited to welcome her for her Ark debut in the Family Room.