Danielle Brisebois

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Danielle Brisebois
Birth nameDanielle Brisebois
Born(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 44)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresPop rock
OccupationsActress, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, percussion, piano, guitar
Years active1976–present
LabelsEpic, RCA, EMI
Associated actsNew Radicals
Gregg Alexander
Rick Nowels
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Danielle Brisebois
Birth nameDanielle Brisebois
Born(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 44)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresPop rock
OccupationsActress, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, percussion, piano, guitar
Years active1976–present
LabelsEpic, RCA, EMI
Associated actsNew Radicals
Gregg Alexander
Rick Nowels
WebsiteOfficial website

Danielle Brisebois is an American producer and singer-songwriter. She was an actress from 1976 to 1998. In the 1990s she recorded two solo albums, Arrive All Over You and Portable Life, and was a member of the New Radicals. She is most recognized for her role as Stephanie Mills on the sitcoms All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place, as well as playing Molly in the original Broadway production of the musical Annie. She is a successful songwriter, collaborating on such hits as Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten", and "Pocketful of Sunshine".

Biography[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Danielle Brisebois was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 1969.[1] She began her career early, appearing in her first movie, The Premonition (1976), at the age of seven. In 1977, she appeared in an episode of Kojak and began starring in the original Broadway cast of Annie as the youngest of the orphans, Molly. (Jay-Z later sampled a clip of Brisebois from Annie for his song "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"). In the late 1970s, she joined the cast of All in the Family later also starring in its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place in the early 1980s. She was nominated for six Young Artist Awards from 1980 to 1984, winning two; in 1981 as Best Young Actress in a TV Special for Mom, the Wolfman and Me and in 1982 as Best Young Actress in a Television Series for Archie Bunker's Place. In 1982 she was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, again for Archie Bunker's Place.[citation needed]

Brisebois appeared in several episodes of Battle of the Network Stars and Circus of the Stars in the early 1980s and played the daughter of William Devane's character on Knots Landing in the series' fifth season. In the late 1980s, she had several single-episode appearances in various TV series, including Hotel, Mr. Belvedere, Murder, She Wrote, Tales from the Darkside, Days of our Lives. She ranked in the Top 50 (#50) of VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Brisebois began her career as a recording artist in the early 1990s by providing backing vocals on Intoxifornication, the 1992 album by rock singer Gregg Alexander; this marked the beginning of a long-standing collaboration with Alexander, who co-wrote, produced and sang on her first solo album Arrive All Over You in 1994. Despite a disappointing commercial performance in U.S, the album became a minor hit in Europe, Arrive All Over You performed well critically and continues to maintain a cult following. Mackenzie Wilson of Allmusic described the album as "an earnest and impressive effort ... [that] went largely unnoticed during the reign of gangsta rap and grunge" and compared it favourably to Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.[2] Her cover of "Gimme Little Sign" was a minor hit in Europe.

In 1998, Brisebois became a member of Alexander's New Radicals group, who scored their greatest successes with the hit single "You Get What You Give" and the million-selling album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. She provided distinctive female vocals to the group's sound on tracks such as "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" and "Jehovah Made This Whole Joint For You". Alexander quickly disbanded the group in 1999, but went on to produce and co-write Brisebois' second solo album, Portable Life, which was originally scheduled to be released on October 26, 1999. Promotional copies of the album and the single "I've Had It" were distributed, reviews appeared in the press and an "I've Had It" video was even shot, but for unknown reasons RCA Records cancelled the release at the last minute. The album was delayed until September 30, 2008, when it was released as a digital download via iTunes and Amazon.com. A compilation album of Arrive All Over You-era tracks, entitled Just Missed the Train, was later released through Sony BMG on September 26, 2006.[citation needed]

Brisebois has written and produced numerous songs for various other artists, including Carly Smithson, Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Paula Abdul and Kylie Minogue. She co-wrote Natasha Bedingfield's Top 10 hits "Unwritten" and "Pocketful of Sunshine", and Donna Summer's comeback hit "Stamp Your Feet". In November 2008, she reunited with Alexander, former New Radicals guitarist Rusty Anderson and producer Rick Nowels as The Not So Silent Majority. She sang lead vocals on their song "Obama Rock", supporting the election of Barack Obama. In 2009, she also had two songs on Leona Lewis' album Echo including "Alive" and "Let It Rain". Later that year, Danielle won big at the BMI Awards, both in the US and UK, with "Pocketful of Sunshine" including two of the top awards, the Robert S. Musel award for Song of the Year and the College Song of the Year, as well as a third award for Film and Television for "Unwritten".

2012 brought more success for Danielle with a co-write on Halestorm's "Here's To Us" which was featured on the season finale of Glee. Her recent credits also include co-writing the song "Forward" with Gregg Alexander, Nick Lashley and Fred Golding for President Obama's re-election campaign. Danielle also co-wrote songs for John Carney's (writer, director of Oscar and 8 Tony award winning Once) upcoming feature film Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightly, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld and James Corden. The film is slated to be released early 2014.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1976The PremonitionJanie Bennett
1978Slow Dancing in the Big CityRibi Ciano
1978King of the GypsiesYoung Tita
1978The Stableboy's ChristmasTammymade-for-TV movie
1978If Ever I See You AgainMorrison Child
1980Mom, the Wolfman and MeJenny Bergmanmade-for-TV movie
1987Big Bad Mama IIBilly Jean
1990Kill CrazyLibbydirect-to-video
1997As Good as It GetsSinger
2006Life After TomorrowHerselfdocumentary about Annie

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