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In collaboration with Barton College, the Arts Council of Wilson is presenting up-and-coming hip-hop artist, rapper and dancer DaniLeigh (pronounced Danny Lay) to the stage at the Boykin Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with concessions available for purchase.
DaniLeigh’s popularity arose from her fame online, where she went viral with her breakout hit “Easy” and her take on Drake’s #InMyFeelings dance challenge. DaniLeigh signed with Def Jam in early 2017 and later that year released her EP “Summer With Friends,” performed a show at Rutgers with Khalid and did an Apple Music Showcase.
At the beginning of 2018, she was one of 42 acts featured in the HITS new and developing artists issue, and in November she released her debut album, The Plan. The track “Lil Bebe” from that release has had more than 20 million streams on Spotify alone, and her subsequent “Be Yourself” tour was sold out in 22 cities.
Unlike most viral entertainers, the 24-year-old artist had already shared the stage with iconic musicians like Pharrell Williams, Nelly Furtado and Jeremih as part of her successful career as a dancer. A big break came when Prince asked her to direct and co-star in his video “Breakfast Can Wait” when she was 18 years old.
This one-night-only concert performance will be general admission, and seating is limited. Tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for non-Barton students (Barton has made special arrangements for its students). Tickets are available by calling the Arts Council at 252-291-4329, by visiting the Boykin Center box office during normal hours of operation (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays), or by going to www.wilsonarts.com to purchase tickets through eTix.