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Vocals, Piano, Composer/Arranger
Michael W. Davis
Sounds Like: Joni Mitchell, Betty Carter, Kate McGarry, Becca Stevens
231 Word Bio
Currently touring the U.S., Ashley Daneman is bringing her new album, DownBeat Magazine's Editors' Pick! “Beauty Indestructible,” to Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Houston, and Washington, D.C. to name a few. Backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, fans are calling the album a...See Full Bio
“EDITORS' PICK! Singer-songwriter Ashley Daneman studied with Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann while earning her master’s degree in jazz vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Daneman’s music certainly would appeal to fans of McGarry and Bleckmann, but her full-length debut makes it clear that she is carving out her own unique identity. A key theme to this program of nine original compositions is the notion that music can have a healing quality. The positive message of the gorgeous tune “Where No One’s Ever Lost” is conveyed by lyrics such as “I say to the dark, I am tired of these things I’ve had to bear/ And now I want to go where no one’s ever lost.” Daneman’s vocal control and phrasing are impressive here, and she has crafted an arrangement that gracefully merges her wordless singing with the poignant cello work of Amali Premawardhana. The lyrics to “Think On Whatever Is Lovely” contain some phrases that would work well as a mantra to help someone”