February 13, 2013

UNO Music Student Records With Pop Band OneRepublic

UNO graduate student, Danielle Wilson (second from left) and the Bibleway Singers take time out from recording with OneRepublic's lead singer, Ryan Tedder.UNO graduate student, Danielle Wilson (second from left) and the Bibleway Singers take time out from recording with OneRepublic's lead singer, Ryan Tedder.

Super Bowl week brought a prize opportunity to University of New Orleans music student Danielle Wilson, who found herself recording vocals for a soon-to-be-released album by pop band OneRepublic.

“It was a true local experience for OneRepublic to be in the heart of the action all weekend,” said Wilson, a graduate student who expects to receive a Master of Music Degree from the University’s College of Liberal Arts in May 2013.

“Being here [at UNO] has opened up other networking opportunities for me…Performing opportunities have come to me that I would not have received otherwise," Wilson said. "And  I appreciate our program because these kinds of opportunities come. I get to express myself in so many ways – whether it is classical music or jazz.”

Three days before Super Bowl Sunday, Wilson received a telephone call from Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic. The California-based band from Colorado Springs, Colo. was in New Orleans to perform in events surrounding Super Bowl XLVII and needed gospel singers for an upcoming album scheduled for release next month.

Wilson, who now studies at UNO under vocal instructor Racquel Cortina and previously studied at the University under vocalist Leah Chase, was happy to help.

Wilson serves as choir director of Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans and brought three fellow church vocalists to Audio File, a recording studio located near New Orleans’ French Market. The four New Orleans vocalists spent three hours in a recording session for OneRepublic’s upcoming album and may appear in a making-of-the-album documentary, Wilson said.

Tetter was “very pleased with the quality of the local singers,” said Wilson. “He said that he was used to dealing with a number of pop singers.”

Wilson, who received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University, focuses her music studies at UNO in classical vocal performance, which means, “I do opera. But I have a passion for gospel music,” she said.

Wilson, who is a vocalist for the UNO Jazz Combo, has personally recorded one CD – a tribute to Mahalia Jackson, a New Orleans-born vocalist known widely as “the Queen of Gospel.” She also performed the role of Mahalia in the gospel musical, Mahalia, produced by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

In 2009 and 2010, Wilson did two vocal tours in Italy with her band under the moniker “the Danielle Wilson tour.” She has also toured with other musical groups in Spain, France and Belize and performed locally at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, in a live performance with Kenny Loggins and in live performances with the Ninth Ward Opera Company.

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