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Danielle White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Brian and Jeannie White. The family moved to Bradenton, Florida when White was very young. At an early age, Danielle took up acting, dancing and sports. At age 10 she began studying voice and music theory. She performed locally with Tampa's Entertainment Revue and the Florida Studio Theater, while remaining a top student at Braden River Elementary School.
After seeing Ryan Seacrest announce plans for a junior version of the hit television series American Idol, White and her family drove 8 hours to Chattanooga, Tennessee to audition for the show. After weeks of auditions she secured a spot in the semi-final group, and advanced to the finals.
The shows' judges, Gladys Knight and Deborah Gibson, praised White's "natural and pure" vocal abilities, and White was told on many occasions by the judges that she was "a star". Guest judge Justin Guarini stated that "America would be crazy not to vote for Danielle." However, it did take a while before the then 11-year-old developed a strong fanbase. During the show, she performed renditions of "Colors of the Wind", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Close to You", "The Loco-Motion", "Daydream Believer", and "Never Had a Dream Come True".
After joining the group American Juniors, White appeared with them on television shows including Extra, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Slime Time Live, U-Pick Live, and An American Idol Christmas. The group also appeared at events in Florida, New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. The group's CD was released on October 26, 2004 and its first single, a cover of The Jackson 5's "ABC" did fairly well on Radio Disney, however the group disbanded after the self-titled album's lackluster sales. In October 2004, White and her family moved to Los Angeles.
During the 2004 Holiday season, White returned home to Florida for a series of concerts with the Florida West Coast Symphony and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, both conducted by Andrew Lane. She has also performed a series of Christmas concerts at SeaWorld.
The group American Juniors disbanded in 2005.
In 2006, the Whites moved back to Florida, where Danielle started taking voice lessons from Ron Anderson.
In 2008, White was accepted into the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Theatre program in Sarasota, Florida. While at Booker, Danielle was in several shows including Godspell, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and Side Show.
She currently has a self-released EP on iTunes entitled Landlady. She also starred in the 2011 film Beautiful Noise as the character Dez and is the lead singer on several songs of the film's soundtrack. White graduated from Booker High School in 2010. In late 2010, White moved to Santa Monica, California to pursue her music career.
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- Young, R. G. (2000-04-01). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 692–. ISBN 978-1-55783-269-6. https://books.google.com/books?id=QoJ4jTghUPYC&pg=PA692. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
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- See a video interview with Danielle at the Sarasota Film Festival when the indie musical film Beautiful Noise opened. She also did a brief video interview with her Beautiful Noise co-star Jay White.