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Up Close & Personal...

Many ask "How did you go from being a touring artist - musician & songwriter to creating one of the most prestigious, respected & globally recognized International publicity firms?"

"It's simple: passion, drive, hard work & a belief that it could be done. 22 years later, here we are. And the rest is history, as they say. My clients prefer to work with someone that has walked in their shoes." says Danie

Born & raised in Toronto Canada, Danie performed her first concert at the age of 4. By the age of 7, she had written her first song. She pursued music studies through the Royal Conservatory of Music. At 16, Danie was Canada’s youngest Opera graduate, obtaining a degree in music. She attended a school of the arts, coincidentally the same academy that launched the career of Shania Twain.

At 18, she recorded her first original music demo alongside a producer who had worked with A LIST names. By this time, Danie had taught herself to play the piano along with several other instruments & experimenting with various genres of music.

In 1999, Danie entered a world class recording studio, with 7 original songs in hand. Here, she sung & produced her self titled debut EP. Fast Fact: 1 sold online for $750 dollars! A combination of works that included such genres as: Rock, Country, Pop, Jazz & Blues. Backed by 5 star studio musicians, she was nervous, excited & confident that this was the next step to bigger things to come, she was right.

Danie released her first single “The Best Places To Kiss” across Canada, the US & Europe in 2000. The single aired in 27 countries around the world. This was an independent release. During this time, Danie supported the music through touring, which garnered press, she made television appearances & performed to crowds exceeding 50,000. She was the 'genius' behind her marketing ideas. Some articles read “Trained in Opera she is taking on Shania Twain”.

Her personal publicist worked with “Bette Midler”, “Paul McCartney” & “Jimi Hendrix”, just to name a few. Her late manager promoted such movies as “Moonstruck” & worked with celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Richard Gere & Cher. You are not given the chance to work with such high profile industry executives unless you've got what it takes & boy did she have that!

Following the success of her debut, her second single “Damn You’re Good” created quite the controversy due to the word “Damn” in the title. Her radio publicist  refused to market the song to Country radio unless she changed the title to "Darn You're Good". Danie was having no part of that, so after much thought, Danie’s gut instinct had her keep the original title of the song & she went on to release the single on her own. "Damn You're Good" was released in January of 2001 & hit the Top 100 Country charts in Canada within 2 weeks of its release. This song remained on the charts for over 10 months! It garnered airplay in over 35 countries around the world. In Australia & the UK, Danie's single hit the Top 20, beating out huge label acts including: Garth Brooks & The Judds. She was  #211 of Europe’s 1500 most played mainstream artists. She was nominated for an American  Music Award. This is an incredible accomplishment for an independent, self funded artist. The music spoke for itself but the mastermind behind the publicity? you guessed it, Danie. Have a listen to the song (above) & have a chuckle! It's racy, it's fun, it's sexy, it's aggressive, it's Danie.

And so came the tour, Danie called the tour “It’s A Shoe Thang”. Her third single, “Blame it on the SHOES” – a song about a woman’s fascination for shoe shopping & spending her man’s money helped Danie’s music cross over into the US market. Designers in New York city used the song for their fashion runway shows! She was dubbed “the shoe girl” & garnered write ups in some of the most elite fashion magazines, newspapers & print media all over the world. Here was the actor Rob Lowe & there was Danie right beside him...downtown girl moving uptown 'real' fast!

Danie’s name, marketing & publicity concepts skyrocketed her entertainment career beyond her wildest dreams.  Among Danie’s many talents, she also wrote, produced & directed her own play & had two self-written articles appear in National magazines. She dabbles in visual arts & oh! did I mention that she speaks 4 languages? 

So, from a distance, the entertainment industry began to take notice of how creative & innovative Danie’s promotional skills were. She was asked to become a member of the Guild of Canadian Film & Television composers, based on all of her music accomplishments. She was thrilled when she later realized that only a few women out of about 250 men were part of the guild. Most of these composers have scored music for movie blockbuster hits!
They called her the 'kid' and she asked for their contact info for future use :) always thinking ahead....

By this time, Danie had been in the industry for about 27 years. Her personal contacts,  her personal experience & her overall  love of the business enabled Danie to open DCE in 2001.

A lot of thought & planning went into the launch of her new business. She started off as an agent & personal manager, representing all sorts of talent: actors, sculptors, musicians, stuntmen, filmmakers, movie make-up artists & then some. With that, her entertainment network grew & grew. Later, she preferred publicity work, I mean how could she not? So...here she is today, a world renown publicist & promoter. Soon to be YOUR top pick! haha...

She thrives on working behind the scenes, this is where she excels. Does she still dabble in music? of course, when she has time, writing for film, writing for other artists.

So what is her title today? You be the judge. You will feel her energy & light as soon as you start working with her. What can you expect later...amazement of her knowledge.

"We work with those just starting out & those who are already established, EVERYONE is welcome." says Danie Cortese

Contact her here: [email protected]  She'd love to hear YOUR story! and let you know how we can help.
Listen to 'Damn You're Good'  which was released in (2000) & was written, produced & sung by Danie Cortese
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