The Nord Electro 3 HP has been my staple keyboard for live performance and writing ever since I moved to Australia after graduating from Berklee College of Music. The piano sounds are so rich and authentic, and the electric pianos have really inspired me to take my writing in new directions. The fact that it is all wrapped up in a portable, gorgeous instrument (with fully weighted keys!) makes the HP the perfect choice for a gigging singer/songwriter.

Danielle Deckard

Australia

A New Jersey native who has come to call Australia home, Danielle Deckard is a singer/songwriter based in Sydney. Her charming debut EP End of the World, released in 2015, is an undeniable gem that flew under the radar.

Danielle's endearing style of indie-pop infuses lush melodies with a rich instrumentation of piano, strings, horn sections, synths and even some well-placed banjo to boot. This musicality and creative nuance speaks to Danielle's quality as an accomplished musician and songwriter. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Deckard is a multi-instrumentalist with an impressive list of accolades and awards to her name. She is a recipient of the ASCAP Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, and in 2014 took out the top prize for the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition. She also received an honourable mention in the International Songwriting Competition—a highly competitive event judged by some guy named Tom Waits, no less.

Danielle's lyrics and exquisite vocals impart dark undertones that act as a counterweight to the brighter pop melodies, reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. Like a bouquet of heartache, her music breathes in the blues and exhales a kind of sweet melancholia. Through her lyrics, she neither laments nor shrugs off the pains of heartache and loneliness, and instead imbues a hard-fought resilience with the longing for a sense of herself in the world. By this, Danielle's words are at once deeply personal and universal, unguarded and powerful.

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