SOUTH WALTON — The best description Dannica Lowery can come up with for her music is a blend of folksy, coffee house sounds mixed with a little bit of awesomeness.
The South Walton woman has just started working on her second album and hopes to tour within the next year. For now, though, the talented guitarist/singer can be spotted at gigs across the Emerald Coast.
“I love singing and sharing my music,” Lowery said. “I hope I can do this full-time in the future.”
Lowery said she has no plans of signing on with a big music label; with the new advances in the music industry she plans to stay small in her production and keep it about the music.
Her next big appearance will be at the 30-A Songwriters Festival (Jan. 18-20), where she says she has met some of her musical idols in the three years of participating.
“The festival is great,” Lowery said. “It’s a chance for musicians like me to be on the same level as some mainstream musicians. You meet a lot of your idols and even, maybe, get to share a stage with them.
“It’s humbling and inspiring at the same time.”
The musician says she sees life not as something to get through, but as something to sing through. According to her website, when life stops making sense, the music makes sense.
Lowery said she believes playing for audiences is her calling.
“There is no greater feeling than to bare my soul on these strings and have it appreciated by complete strangers,” she says on her website.
Lowery’s parents are Mark Lowery, a self-taught musician and artist, and Kathy Bonnell, a poet. Lowery inherited her father’s old acoustic guitar and her mother’s knack for putting things into perspective.
“Their marriage didn’t last long, but their influences are eternal,” she said on her website. “I remember reading my mama’s poems. She wrote about God, poverty and the afterlife. I was so young that I didn’t quite understand what they meant, but I knew they were powerful and I cried.”
Her father would “pick and grin” with her grandfather. He and his siblings formed a bluegrass gospel band and played at local churches. The band broke up when Lowery’s grandfather died, and her father passed her his guitar.
“Somewhere in between then and now, I met a boy, who gave me more than enough to write about,” she said. “Before I knew it, I was playing, and people were listening.”
- Performing: Every Wednesday evening at Cabana in Seaside, and Saturdays at Summer Kitchen in Rosemary Beach; participating in the 30A Songwriters Festival
- Details: DannicaLowery.com