A classically trained vocalist, pianist and a contemporary voice specialist with Jazz, Soul and Gospel influences, Marcya Daneille is a cross-genre singer who can swing her way through a Jazz Standard, groove on a classic Soul tune or reach for the heavens with her own special brand of Gospel Jazz.
Born in Germany to musical parents, Marcya was raised in a nurturing musical environment where she was exposed to a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music. She began studying piano at the age of 7 and voice when she was 15 years old. Marcya also began singing professionally when she was 15 and continued to work as a vocalist while she completed a B.A. in Philosophy/Voice Performance at Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College).
As a classical singer, Marcya started working on the Chicago area opera scene while she was studying voice at the Chicago Musical College. Her first opera contract was with the Lyric Theater of Illinois. A few years later she became a featured member of Lincoln Opera Chicago. Eventually, Marcya decided to leave Illinois to pursue graduate studies in Voice Performance at the University of Iowa. The time Marcya spent in Iowa yielded the wonderful opportunity to experience life and music on an international level. She spent time performing, teaching and studying in Italy and England. It was while living in England that Marcya began to more thoroughly explore the Jazz idiom by sitting in with some of the local musicians at jam sessions in London. This experience taught Marcya how to marry the most salient aspects of her technique with a variety of styles of music.
Shortly after returning to the United States, Marcya decided to relocate to New York City to further develop her career. For more than a decade Marcya performed and taught private voice students In NYC while she fully embraced a crossover career that would combine elements of Jazz, Soul and Gospel music.
Marcya has performed alongside a diverse group of critically acclaimed artists such as Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, BeBe Winans, Vanessa Williams, Gerald Levert Apollo Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, SOB's, Miller Theater at Columbia University and Crash Mansion. Midwestern appearances as a band leader include Freedom Hall, the Main Street Music Festival, Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival, Blu in the Pfister Hotel, Jazz Estate, Jazz in the Park, NO Studios, Racine Theater, Sunset Playhouse, Lake Country Playhouse, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, and Carleton College. Marcya's CD "Keeping it Simple"was executive produced by Wycliffe Gordon and features performances by Aaron Diehl (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone/piano).
Marcya (MAR-si-yah) Daneille (Duh-NEEL)