We are super excited to feature Ddendyl, American blues singer/songwriter who as she puts it “being musical is in my DNA”. Not only is Ddendyl an accomplished and incredible talent, we find her spirit, passion and zest for life contagious!
When we sat down with Ddendyl, we just loved hearing more about this passionate and talented musician. We just can’t get enough of her and you’ll see why!
What are your top 3 favorites songs?
Feeling Good- Nina Simone
Wild Horses- Rolling Stones
Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
If you could travel into any musical time or place, where would you go and why?
I would travel back to the 1950’s to sing with my Idol Johnny Cash. I may have even tried to take the place of June Carter 😉 Im pretty crazy about the 50’s and early 60’s. My style reflects that too in not just my music but my fashion. Theres something about that whole time period that i just love. The creativity that came from that era totally transformed music
If you could invite 5 people to dinner (present or past) who would they be?
June and Johnny Cash (of course), Etta James, Elvis, Daniel Day Lewis
Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or interests?
No real hidden talents except for maybe exceptionally terrible driving skills
Hobbies: I LOVE going to see movies in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, all by myself.
I also LOVE going to the zoo (which happens to be right in my neighborhood and is free!) When the weather is nice, I go and hang out with the animals 2-3 times a week. I love grabbing a coffee and going for my morning walk there!
I like to paint as well, it’s a hobby I share with my mother.
Interests: I love old westerns (my dad and I used to watch them together religiously), pretending to cook 5 star meals, camping (in a tent not an RV), and road trips!
What is your favorite highlight/moment in your music career thus far?
Being on The Voice has to take first place right now, The exposure has been amazing and the experience was life changing!
What song best describes the soundtrack of your life?
It’s actually a song I wrote called “Home.” I wrote it about being on the road constantly as a musician and how wonderful it is to come home to the one you love.
What’s your favorite part of performing?
I love to make people feel. I love the look on someone’s face when my music has reached them on a deep level. It’s a priceless feeling. So many times I’ll be playing a song like “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones and someone will tell me after my show how they were having the worst day until I played that song. You never know which songs will move which people, and it’s a surprise at every show to find that out. I love hearing stories, even the sad ones from my audience members; and learning how my music has made their day better and why. Besides just having fun, this is my sole reason for performing.
What’s your ‘go to’ shower song?
That totally depends on my mood, but lately I’ve been jamming to “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy or “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin
What message do you want to share through your music?
I love to write music that is relatable to everyone. I write about love and loss, good times and bad times. When I was a teen, and even now when I go through rough times I like to listen to music that reflects what I’m going through. So I aim to do the same in my music. With the exception of a few songs that are just very raw and show a lot of vulnerability, the messages I put in my songs are about love, hope and strength. All my upbeat songs are empowering. They have very strong messages about letting go of the negativity in your life.
What would you say to someone going through a rough time?
I would say that I am so sorry for your hard times, and I can only imagine what you are feeling. Just know that I am here as a listening ear and I truly believe that things will get better, even if it takes some time. But I also think that these rough times often can mold us into very strong people! And going through some tough situations can prepare us to help others down the road.
If you had only 5 minutes to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why?
Just one! That’s impossible! well, I think it would have to be “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. It has a wonderful message, and I am related to him…plus Johnny Cash covered it 😉 But in all seriousness, it is such a positive song that is true for the whole world.
Just for fun … fill in the blanks!
Without music, I would be dazed and confused.
Music is passion.
My heroes are my parents.
Life is exciting!
How are you rocking your voice for good?
First and foremost, I have joined Free2Luv and that’s something I’m really proud to be a part of, so I will be offering my voice in service to their cause in whatever ways they need!
I try to do benefit concerts in my home town as well as where I live in DC. I take as many opportunities as I can to give back to my community! I also have a growing fan base of young women that I try to be a mentor to. I do my very best to respond to all of their emails and messages to offer encouragement to chase after their dreams and never give up!