For Danielle Gaudin, music was a dream deferred.
Since age five, music had been her inspiration -first at the piano, then with her guitar. By the age of 14, she was writing her own songs and hitting the Nippertown coffeehouse circuit as an acoustic duo with her best friend.
“Then my best friend moved on to California, and I got married and had my daughter at age 20,” Gaudin recalls. After a divorce, she found herself working two jobs and struggling as a young single mother.
Music was relegated to the backburner. “I had songs constantly running through my mind, but I had to push them aside,” continues Gaudin.
These days, Gaudin is embracing her musical muse. At the urging of her sister, the 28-year-old Gaudin entered the Capital Region’s Got Talent singing competition at the very last minute. After weeks of tough competition at Revolution Hall in Troy, Gaudin was named the winner, earning her $5,000, a demo recording session and headline concert spot at Revolution Hall.
And make no mistake about it, Gaudin is making up for lost time. Just three weeks ago, Gaudin celebrated the release of her debut CD, “You Started It.”