Marcya Daneille (Pronounced MAR-si-yah Dah-NEEL)
Born in Germany and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Marcya Daneille has created a niche for herself as a Jazz/Cross-Genre vocalist, vocal coach/instructor and bandleader with an inspiring, eclectic musical sensibility.
Marcya Daneille hails from a family with a rich tradition in music that laid the foundation for what would later become her niche as a Cross-Genre performer. From childhood, Marcya was exposed to various styles of vocal and instrumental music running the gamut from Jazz to Soul, Gospel to Country Western, Pop and Classical.
A professional singer from the age of 15, Marcya studied voice and piano at the Chicago Musical College in Chicago, Illinois (currently known as the Chicago College of Performing Arts) where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with specialties in Voice and Philosophy. Always hungry to acquire new information and new skills especially as they pertained to singing, Marcya added to her professional development by completing graduate studies in Voice Performance at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and the Centro di Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy. An invaluable perk that Marcya received from performing in other countries was learning to adapt her performance practices to be more inclusive of a global audience.
Shortly after returning to the United States, Marcya decided to further expand her work as a teaching artist and relocated to New York City. For more than a decade Marcya performed and taught private voice students In NYC while she further explored transitioned from exclusively singing Classical music to Cross-Genre career that would include an emphasis on Jazz, Soul and Gospel music. One of her mentors during this transition was a pianist named Burt Eckoff. Active in the New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. Burt is also known for being a favorite for vocalists such as Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and Dakota Staton, with whom he had a long association. The result of this transition can be heard on her debut CD entitled "Keeping it Simple" which was executive-produced by Jazz trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon and engineered by the late Emmy award winning audio engineer Jim Czak, co-owner of the famed Nola Recording Studios in New York, New York. The personnel of "Keeping it Simple" includes Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Aaron Diehl (piano) and Dezron Douglas (bass).
As a supporting vocalist, Marcya has performed alongside a variety of international stars of Jazz, Gospel and R&B music at venues from the East Coast to the Midwest. Marcya has performed at The Apollo Theater, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater-Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, SOB's and the Miller Theater-Columbia University, all located in New York, NY. As a bandleader, some of Marcya's Midwestern venues include Freedom Hall, Flavor Restaurant, La Voute Bistro, Hidden Manna, Gibraltar, Mr. J's, the Main Street Music Festival, The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Hancher Auditorium, Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival, the University Golf Club, Chant, Red Kiva, the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles Heath Presents: Jazzin' on the South Side, Hidden Manna Cafe, the Racine Theater, Blu at the Pfister Hotel, the Jazz Estate and Carleton College.