Let’s face it, the number of Local 518 musicians who have managed to land that elusive major label record deal are members of a pretty exclusive club. Of course, given the current state of the music biz, the big league contract certainly doesn’t mean what it used back in the ’70s or ’80s.
But it’s still a badge of honor to wear proudly. Just ask Clifton Park native and 2008 Shenendehowa graduate Danielle Bouchard… “Today my dreams came true – we signed a record deal with @AtlanticRecords!” she Tweeted last week. “So unbelievably excited for the future.”
By “we,” she means Oh Honey, her folk-pop duo with veteran songwriter Mitchy Collins (the Kin, Outasight). Bouchard sings; Collins sings and plays guitar.
Bouchard and Collins have only been making music together since last summer, but they’ve clearly been on a roll leading up to the big signing ceremony. They premiered their debut single, “Be Okay,” on Huffington Post in September. The video premiered on MTV Buzzworthy in November. The song was picked up by Sirius Radio Hits 1 in January. Last month they headlined a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom in the hometown of Brooklyn. And now they’re major label recording artists.
That’s what we call a whirlwind career…
LIVE: Danielle Bouchard @ Borders, 1/7/11