Cotton to perform at summer concert

Musician part of free series in Sparta

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— Singer, songwriter and guitarist Danielia Cotton is returning to the Sparta Summer Concert Series this Friday night Aug. 1.

The woman with raw, belting vocal chops is coming to play on the heels of last year's CD "The Gun In Your Hand" and her most recent EP "Woodstock."

She was born in Hopewell, NJ, and brought up by her jazz-singing mother and her gospel singing aunts. Adding to her influences were the music of her childhood like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Stones.

Her strong voice drew attention early on in her life.

She writes songs that tell stories. About her upbringing, about things around her, about her real feelings and emotions.

Cotton is not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. Her music is a mix of soul, gospel, blues and rock'n'roll.

"It was about the story, the tone—it wasn’t about all the tricks. It was about singing the line straight," Cotton said. "That took more skill. Some people create characters to make it easier for them to perform, but that’s just not me. I feel that when someone pays to come see me, they’re coming to see me, and so I owe them that. And that’s more interesting to me. Rock ‘n'roll is real, and that’s what people want."

And that is what she delivers.

Audiences cannot walk away untouched by her exciting performances.

Local artist Adam Gilbert will be opening the show.

The concert will be held rain or shine, 7 p.m. at Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Rd. in Sparta.

Visist www.spartaarts.org for more information.

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