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    "Survival," says Danielia Cotton after a long pause, when asked what she’d like people to take away from her new album.

    "'Survival,'" she repeats slowly. "That word comes because something came beforehand that made you have totry. Survival also means great strength on the other side. It’s a dual-edged sword."

    Cotton knows a lot about survival, and it shows on "The Gun In Your Hand," her third album. During the time between this album and the critically lauded "Rare Child" (released in 2008), the singer endured devastating and life-changing loss - the kind that makes you question the universe, your sanity and your choices, not to mention whether you have the strength and will to go on - when she lost the twins she’d conceived through in-vitro fertilization five months into her pregnancy.

    It’s the kind of real life stuff that might’ve knocked the wind out of a weaker person’s sails, but Cotton established a wealth of inner strength as the child of a single mom raising several kids, not to mention a mixed-race youngster in a small, almost exclusively white town.

    "(When we’d get hurt) my mom would say, ‘Get up. Are you bleeding? No? Alright, you’re fine,’" she explains. "It makes you realize you can get knocked around and you’re going to be OK. Those are the times where you gain character and they enable you later in life to have the strength to go through very intense moments."

    Those moments exist on "The Gun In Your Hand" as what Cotton calls "minutes" - those periods when life feels completely and utterly overwhelming.

    "’Save Me’ is me having a minute," she explains. "’Save me, help me, save me. If I could, I’d help myself, but it’s aminute.’

    "But it’s definitely not somebody trying to go down," she quickly clarifies. "It’s somebody trying to keep their head above water."

    It would be a stretch to interpret "Save Me" as anything but a fight song. The album’s opener, it kicks off with a squall and jagged guitar before Cotton’s voice - raw, unbridled and undeniable - ignites the proceedings like a flare with her cry for help.

    On some level, every song on the album is a fight song - whether it’s about the struggle to keep your head above water ("Lighthouse Keeper"), putting yourself in the shoes of those who are lost ("Boy Blue," which was written after a friend’s son hung himself - proceeds benefit the Suicide Hotline), social justice ("Long Days" and a hauntingly beautiful cover of "Strange Fruit"), escaping and embracing your roots ("Torrent Bay"), temptation ("Deep Dark Love"), dealing with mistakes (a pleading version of "Purple Rain") or weighing choices ("Easy"). Even the love song (the resolutely uplifting "The Only Reason") is a fortress from the storms, as Cotton sings "You’re the only reason anything good happens at all; you’re the only reason I don’t fall" with hard-won triumph tempered with humbled resolve.

    Recorded with producer Kevin Salem, "The Gun In Your Hand" may have been born of trying times, but it has the bracing, life-affirming feel of opening all the windows on a house that’s been boarded up and letting the spring air work its healing magic.

    "Going through this album, it was a lot about life and birth and death - it was a really powerful album for me," Cotton explains. "It was really great to get back with Kevin and be in a place where I really had more of sense of who I was and he embraced where I was at emotionally. To work together is really beautiful - the two of us coming together, the power of it."

    Working with a producer and friend who respected her talent as well as her experiences going into and recording the album resulted in a powerful, eclectic and emotionally rewarding record for all concerned. "The Gun In Your Hand" showcases Cotton’s riveting voice, naturally stunning and heartfelt whether she’s delivering bombastic rock or tender gospel; whether she’s raising hell with a howl or giving Billie Holiday a run for her money with her goosebump-inducing cover of "Strange Fruit." It’s not, as Cotton laughingly describes, an "incense burner" - an album made for background ambience.

    For that reason, Cotton considers the album a personal success. "I listen to it a lot of different ways. I like it," she says. "The albums I like are a little eclectic and emotional - they get off into so many different things, top to bottom. That’s the album I like to put in my car - the kind you want to take with you everywhere. I just love that kind of thing. So this is the closest I’ve ever got to creating an album that I really thought was eclectic and strange but still cohesive."

    The album may offer a broad spectrum of styles and emotion, but it is definitely cohesive. If there’s one song that sums up "The Gun In Your Hand," it’s the sprightly "Smile," the second to last track and a message of hope from someone for whom music has always been a lifesaver.

    "As a child, I suffered from depression," explains Cotton. "My mom bought me a guitar and it saved me. Whatever I was feeling, I got to let it go and verbalize it - to put it somewhere. It gave me a way to write the story and get it out.

    "One reason I wanted ("Smile") toward the end is because every day is not a good day - but that’s alright," she offers. "You just have to hold on and try to smile a little bit more. That’s just life - even in a good one you’re going to have some really hard times. And when you’re down, the only way to go is up."

    2014 © Danielia Cotton
  • MUSIC

    THE GUN IN YOUR HAND

    10/30/2012
    Musician Credits

    LIVE CHILD

    05/20/2008

    RARE CHILD

    05/20/2008

    SMALL WHITE TOWN

    09/06/2005

    DANIELIA COTTON

    01/01/2004

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  • Latest News

    WXPN's The Key

    Today at Noon on WXPN Danielia Cotton performs at Free At Noon at World Cafe Live. The show will be broadcast live on the radio and online. She releases her new album next, The Gun In Your Hand next Tuesday.
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    As part of this year's 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today we bring you the greatest rock songs according to Naila Francis, columnist and staff writer for The Intelligencer.
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    AMERICAN SONGWRITER

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  • Live

    Annapolis, MD

    October 23

    8pm
    Ram's Head On Stage 33 West Street

    New York, NY

    September 09

    9pm
    Carroll Place 157 Bleecker Street

    DOYLESTOWN, PA

    September 12

    8pm
    Puck's Live 1 Printers Alley

    HILLSBOROUGH, NJ

    September 13

    8pm
    Polo Field
    Hillsborough Country Club

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    RAHWAY, NJ

    September 20

    8pm
    Union County Performing Arts Center
    The Loft

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN

    August 29

    9pm
    The Rathskeller
    401 E. Michigan Street

    CHICAGO, IL

    August 28

    9pm
    Martyrs
    3855 N. Lincoln

    NEWARK NJ

    August 21

    5:30pm
    NJPAC
    Theatre Square

    NEW YORK NY

    August 19

    8:00pm
    CD RELEASE PARTY
    Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

    SPARTA NJ

    August 01

    8:00pm
    Sparta Arts Festival
    Dykstra Concert Park

    Free Concert

    NEW YORK NY

    July 22

    9:00pm
    Carroll Place
    157 Bleecker Street

    NEW YORK, NY

    July 8

    9:00pm
    Carroll Place
    157 Bleecker Street

    NEW YORK, NY

    June 24

    9:00pm
    Carroll Place
    157 Bleecker Street

    TRENTON NJ

    June 21

    8pm
    Art All Night Festival
    Main Stage

    PHILADELPHIA, PA

    Saturday, June 14

    8pm
    World Cafe Live
    3025 Walnut Street

    MONTCLAIR, NJ

    June 13

    8pm
    Outpost In The Burbs
    67 Church Street

    WASHINGTON, DC

    May 24

    5:30pm
    Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue
    401 F St NW

    CHICAGO, IL

    May 9

    8pm
    City Winery
    1200 W Randolph Street

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN

    May 9

    9pm
    The Rathskeller
    401 E. Michigan Street

    PHILADELPHIA

    June 14

    8pm
    Ram's Head
    33 West Street

    DOYLESTOWN, PA

    Saturday, October 12

    8pm
    Pucks Live
    1 Printers Alley

    CHICAGO, IL

    Saturday, September 14

    8pm
    Red Line Tap
    7006 N Glenwood Ave.

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN

    Friday, September 13

    9pm
    Rathskeller Biergarten
    401 E. Michigan St.

    ASBURY PARK, NJ

    Friday August 23

    9:30pm
    The Saint
    601 Main St

    CHATHAM, NJ

    Saturday October 6

    8pm
    Sanctuary Concerts
    240 Southern Blvd

    ASHVILLE, NC

    Tuesday September 11

    9pm
    The Emerald Lounge
    112 North Lexington Avenue

    CHARLOTTE, NC

    Wednesday September 12

    9pm
    Double Door Inn
    1218 Charlottetowne Ave.

    SELLERSVILLE, PA

    Friday September 14

    9pm
    Sellersville Theater 1894
    24 West Temple Ave

    WASHINGTON, DC

    Saturday September 15

    9pm
    The Hamilton
    600 14th St NW

    NEW YORK, NY

    Tuesday September 18

    7:30pm
    Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
    196 Allen St.

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  • From Danielia

    Hey everybody, hope you are all well. I am truly glad to have the website back up and running. I hope you all have downloaded the new album or at least heard “Lighthousekeeper” on the radio. The new album officially drops October 30th and we are extremely excited!! This album is very near and dear to my heart and kept me busy during a very turbulent time. Getting to work with producer/musician/writer extraordinaire Kevin Salem again, was truly amazing. This album is eclectic but at the same time has a thread that sews it all together. I truly hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as I did making them.

    There is one other thing I want to say to all of you out there in regards to the importance of using YOUR voice. The music industry has gone through so many changes and independent artists are breaking the rules and having great success despite the decline in the number of major labels and the power they used to have. A lot of that is due to the buying public, and by that I mean YOU. You have power, as you are the ticket buying, radio listening, and music downloading public.

    So I say to you, if you like my music, this is how you can help me:
    • Call your favorite radio station and ask them to play my new album.
    • Send links of my songs to your friends and family.
    • "Like Me" both online (Facebook, Bebo, etc.) and hopefully in the real world.
    • Request to have me booked at your favorite venues.
    • Post on my Facebook page what you like and what you think of the new album.
    • Buy a t-shirt!!

    I want to thank all of the people that have supported me as an artist and I want you to know, I will not let you down. I will continue to make music and tell my stories and I hope you enjoy it!!! I feel we have a great year ahead of us!!

    Danielia

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  • The Gun In Your Hand
    Musician Credits

    1. Save Me

    Words - Danielia Cotton & Kevin Salem
    Music - Danielia Cotton, Kareem Devlin, Shelby Gaines
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton - White Town Songs, BMI
    Kareem Devlin - Kareem Devlin Music, BMI
    Shelby Shook Gaines - Green Lime Publishing, ASCAP
    Kevin Salem-Van Rier Music, BMI

    Tony Bruno- Electric guitar & background vocals
    John Clancy- Drums, percussion, Wurlitzer & background vocals
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Kevin Salem- Electric guitar
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals

    Produced by The Band (Tony Bruno, John Clancy, Winston Roye and Danielia Cotton)
    Co-Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    2. Lighthouse Keeper

    Words and Music - Kevin Salem
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI
    John Clancy - Drums, percussions & background vocals
    Tony Bruno - Electric guitar & background vocals
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Danielia Cotton - Electric guitar & background vocals

    Produced by The Band (Tony Bruno, John Clancy, Winston Roye and Danielia Cotton)
    Co-Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    3. Easy

    Words and Music - Kevin Salem
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    John Clancy - Drums
    Kevin Salem - Acoustic guitar
    Kareem Devlin - Electric guitar
    Shelby Gaines - Electronics
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Danielia Cotton - Lead vocal

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    4. Deep Dark Love

    Words and Music - Kevin Salem
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    John Clancy - Drums
    Kevin Salem - Electric guitar & organ
    Marc Copely - Electric guitar
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    5. Boy Blue

    Words - Danielia Cotton, Shelby Gaines, Sam Roberts & Kevin Salem
    Music - Danielia Cotton & Shelby Gaines
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton - White Town Songs, BMI
    Shelby Shook Gaines - Green Lime Publishing, ASCAP
    Sam Roberts
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    Kevin Salem - Keyboards, electric guitar, string arrangement
    Shelby Gaines - Ukulele & keyboards
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    6. Torrent Bay

    Words - Danielia Cotton, Sam Roberts & Kevin Salem
    Music - Danielia Cotton
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton - White Town Songs, BMI
    Sam Roberts
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    John Clancy - Drums
    Kevin Salem - Acoustic & electric guitar
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Danielia Cotton - Lead and background vocals

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    7. Watch Me Bleed

    Words & Music - Anthony Krizan and Danielia Cotton
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton - White Town Songs, BMI
    Anthony Krizan - Krizan Music, ASCAP

    Anthony Krizan - Guitar & bass and background vocals
    John Clancy - Drums
    Rob Clores - B3 Organ
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals

    Produced by Anthony Krizan
    Mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    8. The Only Reason

    Writer - Shelby Gaines, Kevin Salem & Danielia Cotton
    Music - Shelby Gaines & Danielia Cotton
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton –White Town Songs, BMI
    Shelby Shook Gaines - Green Lime Publishing, ASCAP
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    Danielia Cotton - Piano, lead and background vocals
    John Clancy - Drums
    Kevin Salem - Acoustic & electric guitar
    Winston Roye - Bass

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    9. Long Days

    Writer - Danielia Cotton, Sam Roberts & Kevin Salem
    Music - Danielia Cotton, Kareem Devlin & Shelby Gaines
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton –White Town Songs, BMI
    Kareem Devlin - Kareem Devlin Music, BMI
    Shelby Shook Gaines - Green Lime Publishing, ASCAP
    Sam Roberts
    Kevin Salem - Van Rier Music, BMI

    Kevin Salem - Piano
    John Clancy - Drums
    Danielia Cotton - Lead and background vocals
    Marc Copely - Electric guitar
    Kareem Devlin - Electric guitar
    Winston Roye - Electric
    Kevin Salem - Organ, electric guitar & background vocals

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    10. Purple Rain

    Writer - Prince
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing

    Kevin Salem - Keyboards, acoustic & electric guitar
    John Clancy - Drums
    Teymur Phell - bass
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem/p>

    11. Smile

    Writer - Danielia Cotton
    Music - Danielia Cotton, Kareem Devlin & Shelby Gaines
    Publishing and Performing Rights:
    Danielia Cotton –White Town Songs, BMI
    Kareem Devlin - Kareem Devlin Music, BMI
    Shelby Shook Gaines - Green Lime Publishing, ASCAP

    Kareem Devlin - Guitar
    Kevin Salem - Keyboards, electric guitar & acoustic guitar
    Danielia Cotton - Lead & background vocals
    Marc Copely - Guitar
    Winston Roye - Bass
    Kevin Salem - Organ
    Tatiana Fulmer - Claps
    John Clancy - Drums

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem

    12. Strange Fruit

    Writer - Dwayne P. Wiggins, Maurice Pearl, Lewis Allan
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing

    John Clancy - Drums
    Kevin Salem - Guitar
    Danielia Cotton - Vocals
    Teymur Phell - Bass

    Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem
    Mastered by Kevin Salem


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