Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, there was little musical influence in the household other than appreciation and the enjoyment of listening. Despite this, Danielle’s passion for music was apparent at a young age. Lennon began playing the recorder and reading music at the age of four, followed by piano lessons when she was seven. She grew up singing in choirs. After being mesmerized by a group of string students in her choir, Danielle took up the violin at the age of thirteen. “I felt like I had a lot of catching up to do, taking on the violin so late in life, but I seemed to take to it right away and, thanks to an incredible teacher and the support of my family, I was able to dive in, joining my first orchestra after only a few weeks of lessons.”
Danielle’s music making through high school was focused solely on the classical genre. She went on to study classical violin at Queen’s University. Her first venture into other genres came with a summer job performing variety shows with The Blazing Fiddles on the Grand River in Caledonia, ON. Her ability to flip the switch from classical to fiddle, show tunes and jazz was honed during her nine years with the group. After graduating from Queen’s, she became a full time member of the Kingston Symphony, a violin teacher and began playing with bands including Boru’s Harp (Celtic), Calamity Janes (folk rock) and Hoppipolla (ambient rock). She found herself being frequently called upon to do studio work for bands of all genres including The Gertrudes, The Swamp Ward Orchestra, Kris and Dee, Jerome Godboo, Ianspotting, Buffalo Tree, and most recently she worked on a three song EP with Megan Hamilton and producer Jim Bryson.
Danielle began writing her own music in 2005. Her relationship with composing started off as rather on-again, off-again but in the last two years, writing has been a prominent part of her daily life. Her first album String Theory, released in 2014, is an amalgamation of all of her musical experiences and is sure to capture the imaginations of listeners of all types.