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Singer/songwriter Ashley [Gonzalez] Daneman exposes her heart and soul through her music—a blend of jazz and modern folk with definite spiritual undertones. Her life story is intricately woven into the music, inviting others to identify with her struggles, her joy, and reflect on their own lives. Ashley’s music doesn’t shy away from unanswered questions, contradiction, or spiritual seeking. She crafts organic, vignette-like songs with rich harmonies described as “...an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter."

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Ashley Daneman is a singer/songwriter who creates expressive audio landscapes at the intersection of jazz and modern folk music. She crafts organic, vignette-like songs with rich harmonies that the West Michigan Jazz Society aptly describes as “…an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter.”

As someone who has experienced a life radically changed by God, and who has overcome trauma and mental illness, Ashley’s music doesn’t shy away from unanswered questions, contradiction, or spiritual seeking. Her commentary on life and faith, and her stories of redemption and transformation, are vulnerable and transparent. Ashley says, “I like to bring comfort and hope to people while encouraging them take care of any unfinished business.”

Ashley has been awarded regional grants for her compositional style and artist residencies such as Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (2003: Washington, DC) and The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop (2010: Alberta, Canada). In 2013, Spark and Echo Arts commissioned her work, “I’ve Got All The Light I Need (thank you very much)” which portrays the agnostic or atheist mindset alongside a gnostic one.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Ashley grew up performing in musicals, studying piano, and voice. She briefly studied Opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, but eventually sought out a more personal means of musical expression. She spent several years as a jazz singer on the East coast before completing a masters degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckmann.

Currently touring the U.S in places like Minneapolis, MI, Austin, TX, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, Ashley performs in clubs, festivals, churches, and colleges. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in July 2013, she is currently finishing her first fan-funded album (for release in early 2014) with her band, which includes her husband, trumpeter Benje Daneman. She her debut solo album, Harvest Town (2011), is an introspective blend of original piano/vocal music.

Ashley and her family have made Kalamazoo, Michigan their home since 2010.

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