Danielle Young is the sole female voice in the acoustic-folk group Caedmon’s Call. While we don’t usually hear much from this 27-year-old mother of two, it’s not because she’s quiet. Mainly it’s because she’s a mother of two.

Overall, she’s enjoyed a peaceful summer as Caedmon’s Call has performed a few gigs here and there, but now she’s gearing up for the fall leg of the tour with Jars of Clay.

Here are a few things you might not know about the “soft” voice in Caedmon’s Call:


20. Will play for food
In Danielle’s house growing up, the rule was that if you wanted to eat supper, you had to practice piano. So Danielle has been playing piano since the age of 5. It may sound harsh, but she says she appreciated learning from such an early age. Danielle also plays a little guitar, which she picked up “by osmosis” after hanging around the guitar gurus in Caedmon’s for so long.

19. A whole new musical world
Growing up with a limited musical palette, Danielle credits husband and fellow Caedmon’s Call vocalist Cliff Young with introducing her to a wider world of music, including U2, The Beatles and Paul Simon.

18. Coldplay and kids’ songs
Lately Danielle’s been listening to Coldplay, Allison Krause, Griffin House (“He’s not nationally released yet, but he will be”), “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.”

17. Total request live
Thanks to those last two songs, Danielle convinced her 3-year-old and 1-year-old to like Coldplay and U2 in an effort to save her sanity. And it worked. Her oldest, Rachel, requests them all the time. “Elevation” is her favorite song (Who wouldn’t want to sing along to the “wohoo’s”?), and she often puts on Danielle’s sunglasses and asks if she looks like Bono.

16. All things Cliff and beautiful
Cliff and Danielle went on their first date the night before their first performance together in Caedmon’s Call. A week later, they talked about getting married (Danielle was 16); and five years later they tied the knot.

15. Leave it behind
She may have been an A/B student in school, but, nevertheless, procrastination and disorganization rank as Danielle’s worst traits. “That’d be great to get rid of those,” she says.

14. Jar Jar, I am Your Father
Like many Star Wars fans, Danielle was a bit disappointed with the latest movies, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. As Clones is playing on cable during the interview, she keeps catching pieces of it, holding out hope that it will get better. But despite the lackluster performance of “Jar Jar Binks,” she’s dying to see Episode III.

13. A classic with cheese
You’ll have to go to the Hollywood vault for Danielle’s favorite flick pick: The Philadelphia Story. It’s from 1940 and stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. She’s drawn to the classics because “there’s always a happy ending, the good guy always wins, and the guy gets the girl.”

12. She’s not “Down with Love”
And when Danielle doesn’t like a movie, she knows what to do. She walked out of summer flick Down with Love, while Cliff was so bored he played video games on his cell phone.

11. White girls can’t jump
At a whopping 5’4” Danielle is no Michael Jordan, but that didn’t stop her from playing guard through junior high and high school. Basketball is still Danielle’s sport of choice as she roots for the hometown team—the Houston Rockets.