‘American Idol’s’ Megan Danielle Shares The Making Of Her Debut Single ‘Dream Girl’ In Exclusive Studio Video

Go behind-the-scenes with Megan Danielle.

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Lauren Jo Black

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June 21, 2023

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Megan Danielle, a Christian singer that appeared on Season 21 of American Idol, has been making waves in the industry since the release of her debut single, “Dream Girl.

In an effort to give fans a glimpse into the creative process behind her music, Danielle recently took them inside the recording studio for a behind-the-scenes look at how her debut single came to life.

From the laying down vocals to adding the finishing touches, the Georgia native takes fans inside the recording studio to show them all aspects of her journey towards creating her first release in a new video.

The video was filmed at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles by Joel Manduke and edited by Sam Megna of Joshua One Nine Productions LLC.

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Throughout her new song, Megan Danielle is reminding fans to never give up on their dreams with her debut single, “Dream Girl.”

Penned by Season 17 Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth and Logan Wall, “Dream Girl” finds Megan Danielle sharing a positive message to always keep going no matter what roadblocks you may face along the way. 

With a voice that captivates audiences and a heart that pours into every lyric she sings, Danielle belts out the lyrics on the tune’s chorus: “Dream baby / Close your eyes and let your mind take you somewhere higher / Dream, baby / Paint your sky ’cause it ain’t like someone could paint it brighter / Don’t let nothin’ wake you up at night / ‘Cause it’s a mean world so go ahead and / Dream girl / Dream girl.”

She also pays tribute to Jo Dee Messina and The Chicks on the track’s first verse, where she drops the names of their popular hit songs,  “[Heads Carolina] Tails California” and “Wide Open Spaces,” respectively. 

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“‘Dream Girl’ just means just sharing a positive message with everyone because I feel like everyone can go through these dark times and it’s just a reminder that you can keep tracing your dream and keep going,” she explained. 

She went on to say she hopes fans are really able to connect with the tune.

“I just hope when people hear the song, that they just feel the emotion and the love that I put into the song. Really, you can listen to Dream Girl anywhere, literally anywhere in the gym, in the car, when you’re sleeping, who cares? It’s, it’s such a positive song that I feel like anybody can rock out to it and just love it.”

Megan Danielle; Photo by Easton Schirra
Megan Danielle; Photo by Easton Schirra

The tune, which was released on May 19, was produced by Chris DeStefano and recorded at The Sound Factory.

“To be able to record my own song is honestly amazing,” Danielle admitted. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, which is just lead people in the right direction and touch their heart with my music.”

The single came just days before Megan Danielle was named the runner-up on American Idol. 

Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Megan Danielle turned heads when she auditioned for American Idol with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.” While in Las Vegas, she received the surprise of a lifetime when Daigle joined her for her audition.

At the time, Megan Danielle recalled what led her to sing Christian music, “My childhood, I would always spend most of my time at the shop with my Grandpa. He was definitely one of my biggest fans. It’s just weird without papa, but very sad cause everything reminds me of daddy. My Grandpa passed about a year ago and he was the most important person in my life.” 

She continued, “When I was 18, I had a band and we were singing at all different types of bars and venues. I didn’t like performing at bars because I felt like I had to act like someone I wasn’t just so the people would like what they were hearing. There was one show I had one night and my papa was there and he pulled me to the side and said ‘what are you doing baby? This isn’t what you’re supposed to be doing.’ He looked at me dead in the eye and said ‘how can you sing for God and sing for this?’ and then I finally decided to totally switch to Christian music.”

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Daigle and Danielle teamed up for a performance of “You Say” and bonded instantly. 

After her audition, Megan Danielle went on to sing songs such as “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” by Patty Griffin, “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, “Easy On Me” by Adele, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Holy Water” by We The Kingdom, “Thank God I Do” by Lauren Daigle, “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt, “Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill, “Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morissette, and more.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.