Eve Kelly 1 p.m., Nov. 14
Danielle LoPresti battling stage III non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer.
Her band is "taking a break indefinitely until Danielle is restored back to full health"
"Life wildly turns, and sometimes it wraps around our hunger, to teach from the burn..." - "Run With It," Danielle LoPresti
"Two months ago, Danielle was diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer," according to a statement circulated today by Danielle LoPresti's management. "It was a sudden and suffocating shock to us all when a prolonged cough turned out to be one of the worst nightmares we've ever experienced. As gruesome as this news is, Danielle is every bit the fighter we've always known her to be, who has already won two rounds in the chemo ring against the beast. There is still a handful more rounds to go, but there is no doubt she will rise a champion in this battle, armed with a powerful new story to tell."
"Due to the challenging nature of this struggle, the band is taking a break indefinitely until Danielle is restored back to full health."
Plans for her IndieGoGo-funded full-length House of D have also been postponed. "Please rest assured that the album will still be made and will be more magical than we could have possibly imagined prior to this challenge."
Lopresti's albums are for sale at all the usual online outlets and at http://www.danielleandthemasses.com/ . "Every penny toward a sale helps us with the mountain of medical bills that are ever descending."
Winner of the 2004 Outmusic Award for Outstanding New Recording and personally endorsed by Ani Difranco, singer/songwriter Danielle LoPresti has written and recorded music for VH1, the Lifetime Network, Clear Channel, and the 1996 movie The Nutty Professor. LoPresti is also the organizer of the San Diego Indie Music Fest, launched in 2004.
In late 2008, LoPresti appeared in the film Noah’s Arc: Jumping The Broom (based on a defunct TV series), playing the part of “Brandon’s Mom.” The first three albums by Danielle Lo Presti & the Masses were Dear Mr. Penis Head, 22 Mountains, and Outloud.
In July 2010, Danielle LoPresti & the Masses released their fourth album, a new 22-track CD called Run With It. “This is an album's worth of stories,” said Lo Presti at the time. “This CD is more of an entity than any of those before it. Run With It is referring, on the surface, to a river...running with it, as opposed to against, or as opposed to simply sitting on the river's banks and letting it go by. The symbolism of the river expands and deepens as the album unfolds, twists, rages, and shows its ugly underbelly, as well as its beauty. All of it, of course, leading us to our own questions, and hopefully some answers as well. It’s most definitely meant to offer varying degrees of interpretation depending on who’s listening.”
It’s her first release distributed by big-time Universal, thanks to a deal signed with Trevino Music Group. “So our new album is now technically, legally, a major label release,” says LoPresti. “Are we still indie in heart and soul? Absolutely. This contract is not a recording deal, meaning we still have full artistic control over our material.”
In late 2010, her engagement to local musico Alicia Champion was announced on Facebook. A video for her single “Maybe I Was Wrong” was directed by Mental Eclectic’s Craig Wilson (Sammus Theory, Pure), and shot by three-time Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Mario Ortiz.
In 2011, she was nominated Female Singer/Songwriter of The Year for the 21st Los Angeles Music Awards. That summer, her video “Objectify” hit rotation on theBITE network, which airs in major fast food chains across the country.
After taking a six month hiatus to care for her and Champion’s newborn son, LoPresti returned to the stage on March 16, 2012, at Anthology. Around the same time, she began working on a solo full-length of electronic chill music (deep house, industrial electronica, etc.) called House of D, funded with the help of online donations.
“This music is along the lines of Zero 7, Massive Attack, and Portishead,” she said shortly before posting preview tracks like “Red Revisited (Durga Remix)” on her Jango internet station.