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Jermyn country singer/songwriter Dani-elle nominated for 4 Josie Music Awards in Nashville

Jermyn country singer/songwriter Dani-elle nominated for 4 Josie Music Awards in Nashville
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From a press release:

A country music artist from Lackawanna County has been nominated for several music awards and has once again been tapped to perform in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born and raised in Jermyn, 21-year-old Dani-elle Kleha received nominations for the 2017 Josie Music Awards in the categories of “Entertainer of the Year,” “Female Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and “Song of the Year” for her single “Joke’s on You.”

In addition to receiving those nominations, Kleha will also be performing for The Josie Music Awards Show when it is held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Sunday, Sept. 17. Approximately 700 musicians submitted to perform there, but Kleha was one of only 20 acts selected to play the event’s main stage. The show’s nominations, awards, and performances were selected by an anonymous panel of music industry experts.

“To be included in some of the bigger categories with some other extremely talented artists and to be playing our first stadium performance is just something that words cannot even describe,” says Kleha.

This won’t be the first time Kleha has made the trip to Nashville for The Josie Awards. Last year, she brought home “Modern Female Country Artist of the Year” honors and performed at the prestigious Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. Kleha also won the event’s “Rising Artist” award in 2015. Kleha is quick to praise the show’s founder, Josie Passantino.

“She is so supportive of my music and career, not only during award show season but the other 364 days of the year as well,” explains Kleha. “Her radio show has exposed my music to so many more country fans out there. There are not enough words to express my gratitude.”

The announcement of Kleha’s four nominations comes at an exciting time in her music career. Last month, she appeared in Nashville during the city’s massively popular CMA Fest, which traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of music fans for the multi-day event. During that time, she met with fans as a “2017 CMA Emerging Artist” during Fan Fair X, which was held at the Music City Center.

“I met thousands of country music fans from all around the world,” she remembers. “Getting to meet people in person who have followed me on social media, requested my music, and are already a huge part of my journey was one of the coolest experiences that I have ever had.”

In addition to the meet-and-greets at Fan Fair X, Dani-elle also performed several times during the festival, with shows taking place at the legendary Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, The Listening Room, The Blue Bar, and as part of the annual Daring Divas showcase on the roof of Nashville’s Fifth Third Building.

In recent years, Kleha has appeared at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton as a pre-opening act for Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, and A Thousand Horses.

Watch or listen to Episode 16 of the NEPA Scene Podcast with Dani-elle drummer Chris Langan, where he talks about playing in her band and traveling to Nashville: