A WOODLAND HILLCREST PROMOTION PRODUCTION I KEYS AND CHORDS 2001 - 2024
McMahon takes the listener on a personal journey through her songs. From heartbreak, adoption and the journey of self-discovery,
finding her inner strength and resilience. McMahon reveals every corner of her 72 year journey.
From the moment seven-year-old Danette McMahon’s voice echoed through a microphone in Cleveland, Texas, it was clear that her star was pointed towards music. Her childhood was a symphony of evolving talents; from mastering the clarinet in junior high to enchanting audiences with her voice. Danette’s musical journey was marked by pivotal choices, such as turning down an invitation from The University of Texas to join their marching band and instead accepting a scholarship at Houston Baptist University for music and drama.
The summer before her college debut, Danette took a leap that would catapult her into the limelight. Joining the chorus line at The Houston Music Theatre, she began a meteoric rise in the music industry. Between 1972-1974, she toured across North America and the Virgin Islands with Sidro’s Armada, a journey that culminated in a Las Vegas Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2010.
Danette’s stage presence was magnetic, sharing the limelight with icons like Oscar winner Rita Moreno and jazz/blues legend Joe Williams. Her versatility shone through at the “Jazz on the Grazz” Festival, where she opened for notables like Freddie Hubbard and Spyro Gyra. In Houston, she was the voice that introduced audiences to stars such as Marvin Hamlisch and Dionne Warwick, performing with The Bob Henschen Band.
A highlight of her career was in 1995, when she was invited to sing with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra at Meryl Streep’s Connecticut estate. That same year, Danette delved into acting, portraying Emma Barnum in the Disney movie POWDER, alongside Mary Steenburgen and Jeff Goldblum.
In 2003, Danette’s artistic journey took a new turn as she ventured into songwriting. This path led her back to academia, where she studied arranging and composition under Joe LoCascio at Houston Community College.
Her album, No More Excuses, is a tapestry of her life experiences. Each song, penned by Danette, resonates with warmth, wit, and candor, inviting listeners into her personal narrative. Her unique renditions of “You and Me” by Dave Matthews and Oasis’ “Wonderwall” showcase her vocal skills and her skill as an arranger. No More Excuses is a journey through the life of an artist who has honed her craft with passion and resilience, offering her voice to the world, unapologetically and without excuses.