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MD Discovery: Daniel Nunnelee is a June Baby

The Nashville singer-songwriter works with a table of genres that can’t be categorized easily.

Vibing with being vulnerable. That’s how good Daniel Nunnelee is. At first, he went from a high school dropout to a delivery boy job. After a long journey of ups and downs, Nunnelee releases his new album, June, Baby, on June 28.

June, Baby follows the 2022 hit single “Pick and Choose,” which accumulated over a million streams in just ten days. Nunnelee now has 4.3M likes and 164K followers on TikTok. He’s been an instant viral sensation with triumphs as big as selling out a string of dates on his first-ever headlining tour.

Uncategorizable sounds inspire the Nashville-based singer-songwriter. Drawing on sounds from classic country, church hymns, Brazilian jazz, indie folk and pop, Daniel Nunnelee makes introspection his trademark. It even got to a point where he isolated himself in the Colorado woods to work on his new album.

Upcoming Album June, Baby

Self-reflection, nature, contemplation and soul-searching are only a few of the themes of Nunnelee’s discography. As Nunnelee points out, the title to June, Baby nods to his birthday month. It’s also a nod to the duality he embodies as a quintessential Gemini.

There’s a lot of opposing ideals within these songs, where one moment I’m singing about just wanting an ordinary life with someone I love and the next I’m talking about wanting the freedom to be totally spontaneous,” he says.

Additionally, the album will set Daniel Nunnelee’s nuanced self-reflection to a one-of-a-kind sound. He matches the unbridled energy of his live shows with a decidedly homespun charm.

With its steady abundance of unexpected surprises (Nunnelee’s contributions on trombone, as well as a sample of his grandmother singing a Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson song), June, Baby brings an undeniably playful spirit to his existential questioning and, in turn, gently leads the listener toward a brighter state of mind.

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