Danielle Lubené is a singer / songwriter whose vocals, lyrics and music are a powerful blend of edge and sensuality. When experiencing Danielle’s live performance for the first time, few are prepared for the intensity and strength with which this petite woman delivers her unique, provocative sound. Standing firm to follow her own vision, Ms. Lubené’s music is oftentimes challenging and quirky, but well worth the journey. Her music has been likened to PJ Harvey and Kate Bush on an expedition led by Patti Smith and John Martyn – a slow burn – once it takes hold it will get under your skin and not let go.
2010 marked the release of Ms. Lubené's new CD, Post Cards from the Sea of Me. Prior to writing and recording the new album, she had taken a few years off to raise her daughter, and in the interim became a bit of a recluse. With the encouragement of acclaimed Harrisburg producer Jason Rubal (Dresden Dolls, Hierosonic), Danielle was coaxed out of seclusion and back to her music. She went into the studio in October 2009 with Jason and the result of their collaboration is the powerful and beautiful Post Cards from the Sea of Me. This CD fully encompasses Ms. Lubené’s signature melding of edginess and ethereal sensuality.
Ms. Lubené, who hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been penning lyrics and melodies since she was a young child. Watching the Monkees on television as a kid fostered her desire to be a musician - that combination of silly humor and cool music! Music with just a sense of fun was replaced in her teen years by music with a sense of urgency and individuality leading her to discover some of her greatest influences: The Ramones, 999, Blondie, Patti Smith, X, Joe Jackson, Kate Bush, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Bob Mould and Laurie Anderson. Okay, she kinda dug KISS, too. In 1988, she picked up the guitar. Danielle utilized the next several years writing and performing in the Lehigh Valley. In 1992 she was featured at the Songwriters and Performers Expo. Her gigs spread across PA, NY and NJ, including stints in Nashville and Washington D.C. She gets much support from college and public radio stations, such as WDIY and WXPN.
Danielle’s first release was the five-song ESP and the Sandman in 1994. This recording features the rhythm team of Ken Bussiere and Dave Ferrara (The Creatures, The Original Sins and Herman’s Hermits) as well as violinist Mark Golin, a founding member of Zen for Primates, and nationally known improvisational saxophonist Gary Hassay. Slink, Danielle Lubené’s full-length follow-up to ESP and the Sandman, was released in June 2003. Slink was recorded by Dan McKinney at Dan’s House Studio in Center Valley, PA., again with Ken and Dave on rhythm, and guest guitar spots by John Terlesky (The Creatures, The Original Sins, Brother JT, ) and Doug Ashby (Tavern Tan). Slink highlights Ms. Lubené’s diverse and soulful style, proving it is possible to avoid fitting into a ‘neat little box’, while still putting together a cohesive, enticing body of work.
Danielle was featured with Catie Curtis and Amy Ford, on an award-winning program on WDIY in a show entitled “Women in Music”. In 1996, she joined the Scott Bradoka Band as a guest vocalist at Musikfest. She appeared four times on `A Lehigh Valley Christmas`, a compilation on Bummer Tent Records. She worked as a backing vocalist for pop group The Villas. One of her proudest musical experiences was having had the opportunity to play the legendary CBGBs prior to the famed club becoming a piece of history.
With Post Cards from the Sea of Me, the songs remain the heart and soul of her expression and experience. Of her style, it has been said, “Like a folkie, she swoons about emotions such as joy, love and hope. Like a punker, she wails about anger and emptiness.” Danielle is the artist who pokes at the places in people that make them touch their own deep emotion and experience. In essence, she compels us to honor our own anger, sadness, love and hope.
In addition to her musical career, Danielle Lubené is also a published, award-winning photographer.
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