Hello there. My name is Danika and I am a singer/songwriter from Remsen- a tiny town of about 1,600 people, in the northwestern corner of Iowa. Yes, that means my graduating class had 32 people (and yes, two of them were foreign exchange students).

I have been singing for as long as I can remember and I owe a lot of my confidence to my mom who was (and still is) always singing around the house- but now she sings MY songs...which is pretty cool. I did all sorts of choirs and theatre gigs growing up but it wasn't until I went on my first "tour" that I realized I was going to be doing this for the rest of my life. I was 8. And my mom set up the tour... to all the local nursing homes. It was epic. And the old people loved us! My cousin, Laura and I sang karaoke to the latest Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen soundtrack and when we needed a "break" my brother and cousin would tell knock-knock jokes. That was it. I was hooked.

I moved to Nashville in May of 2011 without knowing anyone. I had no connections and no direction, but I knew that Nashville was where I belonged. By chance or by fate (I like to believe the latter), I met the most amazing group of people that are now part of my team in getting this thing off the ground! From great friends, to co-writers, to publishers to believers and fans- every person I met and connection I made along the way led me to where I am standing today (I didn't even try to rhyme that last line- I promise).

On February 15, 2013 (which just so happens to be my birthday) I signed my first co-publishing deal with Green Hills Music Group and Grin Like A Dog Songs. My days work consists of any combination of the following: writing, recording, and drinking gas station coffee. It's a great life I lead and I love my job, because it doesn't feel like a job.

I love all kinds of music but am most strongly influenced by the honesty of traditional country lyrics and the catchy melodies of modern pop...and throw in a banjo for good measure. When I write, I try not to limit myself- I write whatever story needs to be told in that moment. I found that the more specific I am in my writing, the more universal the song becomes, which is very exciting.

So, that's me in a nutshell, other than the fact that I'm addicted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram... so follow along in my journey!

Love, Danika




Nashville recording artist and songwriter, Danika Portz, is creating a buzz in Music City. Originally from Remsen, Iowa, Danika has been performing since the age of 6. Her mother recognized her talent at an early age and put together her first "tour" to all the local nursing homes at the age of 8 and started competing in competitions at the age of 9. From collegiate choirs to professional theatre companies, corporate events to state and county fairs, Danika is a seasoned veteran to the stage.

Since moving to Nashville, Danika has caught the attention of several record labels and publishers around town. .Her distinctive sound and style is what sets her apart from the typical country act as her music has been described as a mixture of Mumford and Sons, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry -with a voice on par with Norah Jones. Lyrically grounded in country music, yet unafraid to think outside the box melodically, Danika phrases things in such a way that grabs the listener and makes them want more.

In 2013, Danika signed a publishing and artist deal with Grin Like A Dog Songs in partnership with Green Hills Music Group, which is headed by former Sony VP, Woody Bomar, who during his tenure at Sony signed Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, and many more. 

"I am thrilled to be working with Danika - she's a unique artist with passion, intelligence and vision," said Steve Mitchell, President to Grin Like A Dog Songs. "Plus, she is such a joy to work with," adds Woody Bomar, President of Green Hills Music Group.  Las Vegas based clothing company, Tatyana Designs has also joined the team as Danika's exclusive clothing sponsor.

Danika's resume includes: The BMI Key West Songwriters Festival (Key West, FL), Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival (Nashville, TN), CMA Music Festival (Nashville, TN), Open Spaces Festival (Wilmington, DE), and some of the largest fairs in the state of Iowa, including the Clay County Fair, Plymouth County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. In Nashville, Danika performs at the Bluebird CafĂ© as well as the historic Hotel Indigo, Douglas Corner, and Antique Archaeology (History Channel's American Picker's antique shop). Danika performs energy packed pop-country shows for corporate events, grand openings, meetings, festivals, county, and state fairs. For booking information, click here.


facebook   twitter