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White Plains TV Executive Rediscovers Her Musical Roots

Danielle Woodrow, a former television executive and White Plains native, releases an album.
Danielle Woodrow, a former television executive and White Plains native, releases an album. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains native and television executive Danielle Woodrow is releasing "Turning," a 10-song album touching on the subjects of love, risk, regret and the process of self-discovery on Thursday, Sept. 23.

As a child growing up in White Plains, Woodrow started playing violin at the tender age of 5. By 13, she had taught herself to play guitar on a pink electric Charvel.

Music was a thread throughout her life and after graduating from Wesleyan University, she decided she would travel to the West Coast to start a film and television career, and her guitar was put on the back burner.

After several years, Woodrow had worked her way to the position of senior vice president of original programming at FX Networks. She oversaw such acclaimed shows as "Sons of Anarchy," "Justified" and "Archer."

Although Woodrow had a great career, she felt she needed something more.

“My executive career was flourishing, but my interior life was crumbling," said Woodrow. "I was burnt out and could no longer hear myself above the din of everyday life.”  During this time, Woodrow happened to be dating a musician and one day while hanging out in his living room she picked up his guitar and started noodling. Surprised that she knew how to play, he encouraged her to write a song. That night, she went home and wrote the opening lines to “Pour One More” which eventually became track number six on "Turning."

Songwriting quickly became her go-to journal and helped her make the unorthodox decision to step away from Hollywood.

Woodrow’s unplotted journey began in the rural Methow Valley of Washington State, and ranged from the the Uniyed Kingdom to Israel to Peru and back. Meanwhile, the songs that would become "Turning" started to materialize.

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