Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Spade.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Danielle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started singing in bands in the mid 1980’s. Growing up in Pacific Beach in the 1970’s I loved rock-n-roll music and it became the soundtrack to my life. Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, oh my gosh I could go on and on! But you get the idea. I was not shy in rehearsal but did not have a lot of confidence about going on stage.
But I moved to Hollywood in 1988 and when it didn’t work out I left in 1991 to pursue a career in horses.But my love of singing and creating music never left me. About 8 years ago I ran into another La Jolla High alumni, guitarist Carlos Rodriguez. We started writing songs together and painstakingly put a band together using our 1970’s British and American rock influences. We would play anywhere that would let us, Pizza joints, dive bars, the beach… It’s not easy keeping players together.
A lot of people shared our vision and being in a rock-n-roll band sounds cool, but rehearsing and gigging is not for the faint of heart. We’ve had a lot of different players come through the band over the years which I could write a book about and it’s like starting over each time. Takes time to teach people the originals and work it out together live. A few times we ALMOST threw in the towel. I feel like the tortoise and the hare…. slow and steady wins the race. But at this point, we have 2 albums under our belt and we’re working on a third one. The venues we play have gotten bigger and better.
Were not ready to quit anytime soon.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Stone Horse story. Tell us more about the business.
Our band is known for putting on a great show and although we have a good list of classic rock songs to choose from, we are most proud of our original material. Playing originals have afforded us more opportunities to play out as many gigs require that you play your own stuff.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t think luck has played a role for us. Things have progressed because we sacrificed our time and put ourselves out there and didn’t give up. it’s all about endurance and commitment to our craft and faith in ourselves and what we do. When you’re true to your beliefs I think people recognize this and it comes across as being real, having “soul” and that’s attractive.
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