Oberlin, Ohio: Daniella Hope sings of personal challenges but finds strength in friends she calls “Day Ones.”
 
Co-written by Daniella Hope and Alex Wilder
Story Source: Daniella Hope
 
Vocal: Daniella Hope
Piano: André Jamal
 
It’s hard to have faith in some things I can’t see
but I saw, no I felt, then I saw, and I believed…
 
A constant battle of feeling am I good enough
When I feel consumed by darkness
Negative thoughts consumed by feeling unworthy
I just want to give up
When I can’t remember my light
I know my day ones will guide me into my light
With their love shining all over me

I thought that I could do this on my own
But then I realized that I can’t
Real, true friends are a gift from heaven
I’m so glad that I have you
You put shine in me
You inspire me
To be a higher me
So I want to say thank you, thank you
 
For loving me
Keeping my feet right on the ground
Loving me turning my frown upside down
Loving me helping me to love myself
I see my life reflected in you
 
Loving me
Keeping my feet right on the ground
Loving me, turning my frown upside down
Keep on, keep on loving me
 
It’s hard to have faith in some things I can’t see
But I saw, no I felt, then I saw and I believed
A constant battle of feeling am I good enough
When I feel consumed by darkness
 
Negative thoughts consumed by feeling unworthy
I just want to give up and
When I can’t remember my light
I know my day ones will guide me into my light
With their love shining all over me

 
Daniella Hope is from the South Side of Chicago where she currently resides as a freelance artist, teaching kids by day and performing at night. Daniella began her career in the Chicago Children’s Choir through which she was able to perform around the world in places including Italy, South Africa, and India.
 
She has worked with artists including Chance the Rapper, and performed alongside artists including Bobby McFerrin, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Al Greene, Kurt Elling, and Yo-Yo Ma. A recent graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, Daniella received two degrees from the institution and became the first person to graduate with a BM in Jazz Voice from Oberlin Conservatory. Recently, Daniella has been accepted into two graduate programs and looks forward to furthering her studies next fall.