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Artist of the day: Danielle Marie

On Saturday, Danielle Marie will be the opening act for Grammy-nominated Christian singer Matt Maher in the new, 1,000-seat Nativity Catholic Church Youth Center in Brandon. She expects to perform a nine-song set that figures to last 45 minutes and feature three original tracks, including her first single, Love's Got You Now. The song will be available for download via her Facebook page.

Not a bad way to be christened in the music industry, considering that before this concert she has only dabbled with music among her peer groups, singing a bit in college and in weddings.

As a self-described naive 19-year-old aspiring singer, Marie -- a Riverview native and a clinical pharmacist at Sun City Center's South Bay Hospital -- made it to the second round of the second season of the American Idol. She made it to the second round, where executive producer Nigel Lythgoe cut her just shy of an opportunity to audition in front of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Catch Marie opening for Matt Maher at 7 p.m. Satrday at the Nativity Catholic Church Youth Center, 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon. Tickets are $25-$30. Click here for details.

And click here for Eric Vician's full story about Marie.