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Small White Town

Danielia Cotton

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Album Review

Hopewell, N.J. native Danielia Cotton called her first full-length album Small White Town because the singer/songwriter grew up in a small town that was, in fact, largely white. But Cotton herself isn't white. She's African-American, and she's the type of African-American artist who — like Tracy Chapman, Living Colour, Joan Armatrading, 24-7 Spyz, Lenny Kravitz or Sound Barrier — is seldom, if ever, heard on urban contemporary or classic soul radio stations in the United States. Cotton is very much a rocker; while there are R&B and blues elements in her vocals, she is a rocker first and foremost. Much of Cotton's inspiration comes from classic rock; Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin are major influences, as are the Rolling Stones. And on some of her harder material (most notably, "JC I Try" and "Devil in Disguise") a healthy appreciation of Led Zeppelin asserts itself. But for all her '60s and '70s influences, Cotton isn't oblivious to alternative rock. PJ Harvey is also an influence, and there are some Nirvana-isms on the grungy "Today." Small White Town won't go down in history as the most groundbreaking release of 2005, but in terms of craftsmanship and quality, this CD is a winner. Cotton (who wrote or co-wrote almost all of the material) is the type of vocalist who sings lyrics like she really means them — she brings a great deal of conviction to her performances — and all of the songs on Small White Town are memorable. From the moody "Take My Heart" and the reflective "It's Only Life" to the aggressive "Devil in Disguise," there are no weak moments on this highly promising, if somewhat derivative, effort.

Customer Reviews

Buy this cd! Listen to her music!

Saw Danielia Cotton live and fell for her music from the first note. She is a great performer, sings rock with a soulfulness and range, can heat it up or slow it down without losing any of the depth or emotion. Buy this cd, listen to her music, go to her shows. She is a great talent and her star will rise!

WOW this lil girl packs a punch!!!!!

opened for greg allman at the borgata and i was blown away. powerful voice and very exciting. will be waiting patiently for more from this young rocker!!!!!

Great Voice Great Rocker

Saw her when she opened for Living Color in NYC. Loved her show and loved this album. Great voice. Great rocker. Hurry up with your next album please!


Born: Hopewell, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Early indication is that Danielia Cotton is a fiery blues-rock artist with a chip on her shoulder. She doesn't like comparisons, although as of the May 2006 release of her debut disc she was earning them with such titans as Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and the Rolling Stones. And she doesn't mind letting the world know that the circumstances of her youth were less than ideal: Cotton, according to a mounting pile of press materials, grew up...
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