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Virginia Artist Daniel Heffington Drops, “The Originals”

by The Alchemist

Daniel Heffington is a songwriter and artist from coastal Virginia. He pairs unforgettable hooks with driving rhythms, and is known for the energy and passion of his live performances that feature soulful vocals and poignant lyrics.


His 2018 musical debut was an EP titled “Only the Broken” and was recorded and produced by Chris Keup and Stewart Myers–the studio duo behind Jason Mraz, Parachute, O.A.R., and other iconic artists.


As his audience has grown, Daniel has played intimate living room audiences, rowdy music clubs, and venues of thousands. His music connects with incredibly diverse audiences as he communicates stories of life, struggle, and hope through his songs.

His newest track is called, “The Originals” and we wish we could see this performed live! he song was produced by Austin Bello and the resulting track is a quirky, indie pop masterpiece with chill textures, practically edible bass lines, and a groove that is impossible to resist. As we listened we were ensnared with the catchy vocals, and pop like guitar rhythm. The song is incredibly well put together. In both the lyric and the music, there is something haunting and mysterious behind the initial pop production and “outsider anthem” thrust of the song. Like a mixture of mischievous defiance and wistful honesty of what it costs to reject the label and judgment of the crowd. Check out the track below and on our playlist, “Ultimate Indie Energy”


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