Miss Scarlett and the Madmen: Dark Love Songs
In 2012 Danielle was invited by creative director Pat mAcdonald (Grammy-nominated songwriter, formerly of the band Timbuk3- he wrote “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”) to participate in a series of songwriting intensives at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Three times a year dozens of songwriters of varying genres are housed at the Motel for a week at a time to co-write, record and perform together. Songwriters are paired through a random “spin-the-bottle” process, and this is where the magic happens…
Reflecting on some of the material she had co written over the years, a group of songs emerged that proved to be transformational for Danielle, inspiring her to conjure up her latest project: Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen~Dark Love Songs.
"Dark Love Songs" features many of the co-writers and musicians Danielle has collaborated with at the Holiday Music Motel, as well as Victor DeLorenzo (of the Violent Femmes) on drums. The majority of the songs on this project were recorded in Milwaukee, WI at Makin' Sausage Music except for “Black Sunday” which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios rehearsal hall when Danielle traveled to England to see Kate Bush live at the Apollo in 2014.
Danielle French Presents: Miss Scarlett & the Madmen- Dark Love Songs was listed among CBC Radio's The Key of A Top 10 of 2016 and Danielle recently signed a sync licensing deal with LA-based publisher Reel Muzik Werks.