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DownBeat Magazine selected Ashley Daneman’s self-produced, fan-funded debut, Beauty Indestructible as Editors’ Pick (January 2015) and printed a full-page interview with her in their March edition. A huge response for a little-known singer releasing an independent album at age 37, but critics would agree it was worth the wait. “Daneman is an assured singer who has clearly found her sound,” says Peter Bacon (The Jazz Breakfast) and All About Jazz calls it, “the triumphant debut of a seriously talented singer and songwriter.”

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DownBeat Magazine selected Ashley Daneman’s self-produced, fan-funded debut, Beauty Indestructible as Editors’ Pick (January 2015) and printed a full-page interview with her in their March edition. A huge response for a little-known singer releasing an independent album at age 37, but critics would agree it was worth the wait. “Daneman is an assured singer who has clearly found her sound,” says Peter Bacon (The Jazz Breakfast) and All About Jazz calls it, “the triumphant debut of a seriously talented singer and songwriter.”

Born and raised in Toledo, OH, Daneman performed in musicals and later studied Opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finishing in Psychology and turning to study jazz on her own. In 2003, USA Today noted her as “a fine young jazz vocalist” and her unique voice as a composer earned her a spot in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead as a resident artist.

What followed then was a complicated series of personal events, leaving Daneman’s career on the back burner as she returned to a “desk job.”  Several years later, renewed efforts to pursue her dream landed her at Manhattan School of Music studying under Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckman. Successfully completing her masters degree as a scholarship student, in 2010, Daneman was chosen again for her artistry into The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop as a resident artist.

A late career start and plenty of interesting life turns have caused Daneman to go deep with her blend of jazz and modern folk debuting “a publicly intimate recording that is frank and unapologetic. Beauty Indestructible is a collection of nine original “spirit poems” scored and written by Daneman, existing as an intensely personal song cycle. Daneman addresses the fundamental healing power of love” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz).

Drawing comparisons to Becca Stevens, Laura Nyro, and even Stephen Sondheim, Beauty Indestructible is summed up as “beautiful jazz art music from a gorgeous voice with superb accompaniment” (Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange) and as “a profound work of art that is so alive, so positive, and so blessedly musical” (Richard Kamins, Step Tempest). “Charming and enchanting with its offbeat/outside the lines sensibilities, [Beauty Indestructible] is killer stuff that’s sure to resonate with the gypsy in your soul” (Chris Spector, Midwest Record).

Ashley and her husband, trumpeter Benje Daneman, are based out of New York City.

  • Dear New York, We are never breaking up, ever! Love, Me
  • My Dad has come to visit us in NYC! Hangin in style at The Mandarin Hotel.
  • This just arrived. Searching for a sound like this and like Joni's Hejira for my next album. Thanks @reallycassandra for your artistry and inspiration.
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  • Prepping for the show tonight at Mom's house while daughter plays Coldplay on the piano I grew up playing Joni on.
  • #roadwarriors
  • Thank you, God for making the way for me to come back and live in this magical city!
  • Schoolhouse continues. Rivi says I need a dress with these lashes.
  • Highlight of my day walking into this concert #luisperdomo @mimijones325 #rudyroyston so inspiring
  • Doing #morningpages with your artist daughter = awesome.
  • #reunitedanditfeelsogood #corneliastreetcafe #tomorrow
  • my studio is now ready to facilitate some serious work
  • So I was just journaling randomly about this EXACT concept and then I go to buy beer and find this on the label. #beermessages #synchronicity
  • Thanks to my sis I get to see #kellyclarkson at #radiocitymusichall. She's an awesome singer but also sings from the heart, is really real and vulnerable on the stage, and gracious. #imafan
  • It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
  • #civilization #homesweethome #nyc
  • We shared my new tune "Recall" this week in Michigan. This note from someone in the audience means so much to me.
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