Dani Young kicking goals with Stepping Stones

DANI Young is celebrating a dream start to 2019 with her new single, Stepping Stones, on high rotation and a successful Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Released on December 3, country stations across Australia and beyond have embraced the track and it is currently sitting in the Country Music Channel’s top 50 chart and slowly climbing.

“I co-directed the film clip and loved every minute of it, using my experience as a video journalist,” Dani said.

“It has just had its American tv debut on Ditty TV and the single has had reviews in the US and UK. I never expected my first solo single to have such a far reach. It’s pretty scary branching out on your own and wasn’t sure if anyone outside my friends and family were going to hear it, so it’s pretty amazing to have it embraced across borders.”

The song is about living through experiences, or feeling like you’re stuck somewhere, while others are moving on to better things, when those experiences are stepping stones to achieving your goals. Dani drew on her time living in Alice Springs while working as a journalist.

The now Sydney-based artist said the single had exceeded her expectations, reaching No. 2 on the iTunes Country Song Chart on release day and No. 60 on the All Genre Song Chart.

“It was amazing to see so many of my fans were supporting my new single without knowing what it would sound like,” Dani said.

The Tamworth Country Music Festival saw Dani choosing to do fewer shows, so she could give her audiences the best musical experience she could and she experienced a career highlight along the way.

“Tamworth was really rewarding for me this year with the new single out. My focus was on key events so I had more time to enjoy the festival while making every performance count,” the singer-songwriter said.

“Two fans turned up with t-shirts they’d made up with my face on it and they’d hand-embroidered baseball caps with my name on it. That’s the first time that’s happened to me and I knew they had followed me for a couple of years and seen me in a few different places, so that was a definite career highlight.”

Dani is now turning her attention to touring her new music and working on her EP with producers Damien Leith and Jeremy Edwards, with more singles for fans to look forward to.

Stepping Stones is now available on all digital platforms.