LISTEN: Megan Danielle Shares A Powerful Message Of Perseverance With Debut Single, ‘Dream Girl’

“It’s just a reminder that you can keep tracing your dream and keep going,” the Georgia native explains.

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 19, 2023

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American Idol finalist 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. 

Debut Single Out Now

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

“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,” Danielle sings on the song’s chorus. 

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. 

The tune, which was released on Friday (May 19), was produced by Chris DeStefano. 

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“Keep Going”

Ahead of the “Dream Girl” release, Megan Danielle took to social media to share the meaning behind her first-ever original song. 

“‘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.

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

“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.”

Danielle recorded “Dream Girl” at The Sound Factory with producer Chris DeStefano.

“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.”

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

Top 3

The single comes just days after Megan Danielle made the Top 3 on American Idol alongside Iam Tongi and Colin Stough.

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around making into the finale,” Danielle previously shared.

Memorable Audition

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.”

Megan Danielle, Lauren Daigle; Photo Courtesy American Idol
Megan Danielle, Lauren Daigle; Photo Courtesy American Idol

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.

Most recently, Megan Danielle took to the American Idol stage during Disney night to cover Bebe Rexha’s “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” a tune that appears in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil soundtrack.  

Disney Night Performances

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Her performance was a tribute to her mom, Monica, in honor of Mother’s Day. 

“I feel like my mom can relate to this song because there’s been so many things thrown at my mama and I just want to tell her you can keep going and everything’s going to be okay,” she explained. 

She also performed “Carried Me with You” from Disney’s Onward. 

Her latest performances earned praise from the judges, who took time to compliment her soaring vocal range.

Colin Stough, Megan Danielle, Iam Tongi; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Colin Stough, Megan Danielle, Iam Tongi; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Finale

Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle and Colin Stough will face off for the title of American Idol champion during the three-hour season finale of American Idol on Sunday, May 21 at 8 pm ET.

Live from Hollywood, the finale will feature performances by the judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, as well as guest performers Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Jazmine Sullivan, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban (who is also mentoring Top 3), Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Kylie Minogue, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Daigle, Pitbull, and TLC.

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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.