Today’s Song: Seeking Closure on Katie Tupper’s Graceful & Gutting New Single “Danny”

Katie Tupper © Julian Lomaga
Katie Tupper © Julian Lomaga
Singer/songwriter Katie Tupper reckons through her own emotional turmoil with grace and soulful charm in her beautiful new single “Danny,” a radiant breakup song dwelling in the throes of a relationship’s end and the disarray left in its wake.
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Just like earthquakes in the West, love’s aftershocks are seismic in nature. It will break our hearts, twist our minds, and ricochet our spirits to and fro as we slowly come to terms with the end of a relationship, thinking back on all the special moments we shared and those future plans we made that will now never come to fruition. Singer/songwriter Katie Tupper reckons through her own emotional turmoil with grace and soulful charm in her beautiful new single “Danny,” a radiant breakup song dwelling in the throes of a relationship’s end and the disarray left in its wake.

It’s one the worst kinds of pain we can feel inside, and yet it hurts so good in song.

Danny - Katie Tupper
Danny – Katie Tupper
Picking the skin off my lips
My love, you made me like this
And I guess, by now, I can admit
Your family never liked me, and I never liked them
And, it scares me to say that out loud
But what’s the worst some words can do to me now

Released January 11, 2022 via Arts & Crafts, “Danny” arrives at the top of this year as Katie Tupper’s third song release of her career, and the latest tease off her forthcoming debut EP Towards the End (out February 18, 2022). A neo-soul singer/songwriter from Saskatoon, Canada, Tupper introduced herself through last September’s enchanting debut single “Live Inside” and followed up with November’s absorptive “How Can I Get Your Love?” With an irresistibly evocative and expressive voice, Tupper has proven an easy act to fall for. Her songwriting is immediate and so perfectly fit for the present day, but you’d be forgiven for thinking she came straight out of the mid-to-late ’70s. Tupper’s music is immediate, personal, and catchy, and there’s a certain timeless quality to her soul singer/songwriter ethos: You’d be quickly forgiven for thinking she came straight out of the mid-to-late ’70s, or the late ’90s/early aughts for that matter.

Nevertheless, Katie Tupper is definitively of our present day.

Katie Tupper © Thomas Van Der Zaag
Katie Tupper © Thomas Van Der Zaag



“Danny” is another intimately immersive blast of comforting, cathartic soul-stripped passion, and one that definitively puts Katie Tupper on the map for 2022.

Sweeping and seductive, Tupper’s latest track is awash in glittering keys, compelling grooves, and calming melodies that meaningfully channel the turbulent emotions within. Her golden vocals hold tight to the spotlight throughout; she rises and falls in lush, cascading waves that engulf listeners in her ruptured world. These emotive inflections are further enriched by rich, warm harmonies: Layers upon layers of irresistible energy that bring us as close as we can to an artist hundreds of miles away. Her chorus is a peak of both vulnerability and reckoning as she confronts the one who got away, while recognizing how far she has gone astray in processing her grief and heartbreak:

Danny, you let me down
Gave me habits, I’m only breaking now
Danny, you let me down
Danny, what now



Looking back on “Danny” with fresh eyes (and ears), hindsight is everything for Katie Tupper.

“I’ve started calling “Danny” and its music video ‘The Grand Quest for Closure,’” she laughs. “This song is about a relationship I was in, which I wanted to end almost immediately after it started. I just accepted that it wasn’t great, but nothing catastrophic happened as a reason to break up so I toughed it out. I’m convinced hauling those feelings around for multiple years changed the way I viewed relationships for years after we broke up. This song is a snapshot of where I was emotionally before I started rewiring my brain back to normal. The music is bright and colourful, and intended to be shouted at the mirror when you’re getting ready to go out for the first time, post break-up.”

Reading notes left on my desk
Danny, you left me mess
And Danny, I must confess
I gave into your antics, I thought I knew best
And, it scares me to say that out loud
But what’s the worst some words can do to me now



We can’t dwell forever. Eventually, it’s time to shake off the old and welcome in a new skin. That’s the journey we bear witness to in this song, and the adventure so many of us undergoes, often multiple times, in our varied (but all too relatable) explorations of love, romance, and intimacy. “Danny” unveils the scars, bears witness to the grieving and the healing, and helps us to internalize, and then externalize our pain. There’s beauty in heartbreak, and Katie Tupper has found it.

Danny, you let me down
Gave me habits, I’m only breaking now
Danny, you let me down
Danny, what now

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