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May 2, 2019

Tonight: UPC presents free concert by DaniLeigh

Submitted by Hannah Ens

Up-and-coming artist DaniLeigh will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, on Bosco Student Plaza.

Known for her song "Lil Bebe," DaniLeigh's latest album, "The Plan," dropped in November 2018. She apprenticed with Prince and is preparing to perform in three different countries this summer. Learn more and see her tour dates online

The 23-year-old singing and dancing phenomenon cut her teeth in the business when she directed a music video for her late mentor, Prince. She enhanced her buzz with back-to-back jams "Play" — featuring Kap G — and "Lurkin," and is here to continue her mission of making music that both sounds and feels good with "Lil Bebe."

The South Florida native had music in her blood, singing from a young age. As an early teen, DaniLeigh recorded YouTube covers of songs like Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful," though she wasn't quite ready for the big time. It wasn't until a few years later when she moved to Los Angeles at 16 that DaniLeigh began harnessing her craft. In LA she found her footing in the music industry, starting with dancing.

"I was dancing in music videos, commercials, you name it," she recalls. "From there, I met a lot of producers on set and just networked."

Singing became the secret weapon, as DaniLeigh would reveal her chops and be invited to studios for recording sessions. However, a life-changing encounter with the legendary Prince would be the real catalyst.

After learning of DaniLeigh's talents as a dancer — through a one-minute video clip — the Purple One reached out to have her direct his video for "Breakfast Can Wait" at just 18 years old. Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career. His untimely death in 2016 left a void in DaniLeigh's life, though his presence is still felt as DaniLeigh's star is only getting brighter.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the K-State Student Union courtyard.

For more information on this free event, visit kstateupc.com or call 785-532-6571.